Befitting progs mark Intnl. Mother Language Day observance

Port Blair
22 Feb 2017

Anandodhara (Academy of Music) in association with Sur Saptak and Aditya Natya Academy observed the 18th International Mother Language Day with befitting programmes on Tuesday in the auditorium of Anthropological Survey of India here. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray was the chief guest, while Mr Naresh Chander Lal, Padmashri awardee and ambassador, Swachh Bharat Mission, A&N Islands graced the occasion as the guest of honour. Smt Rupa Ray and Smt Kiran Lal were also present in the function.
The programme began with lighting the ceremonial lamp by the distinguished guests and paying floral tributes to the portraits of Language Martyrs of Dhaka – Rafique, Salam, Barkat and Jabbar.  One minute’s silence was observed as mark of respect to the Language Martyrs.
In his address, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray lauded the efforts of the organizers in observing the much important International Mother Language Day, and urged that each and everyone should always honour his/her mother tongue in highest esteem as the Language Martyrs did on 21st February 1952.  Mr Naresh Chander Lal expressed his views on the importance of the International Mother Language Day.  Mr Raisuddin Gayen delivered the keynote address and highlighted what had happened in Dhaka on 21st February 1952.  He later explained as to how the 21st February was proclaimed as the ‘International Mother Language Day’ by the UNESCO on 17th November 1999.
Earlier, Mr Dipen Saha, general secretary, Anandodhara welcomed the gathering. Mr Anadi Ranjan Bhattacharjee, general secretary, Aditya Natya Academy proposed the vote of thanks.