Come and celebrate your mother language, and promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity at this program of poems and songs.
Language is the most powerful instruments for preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote and disseminate mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
Of the approximately 6000 languages of the world, there is a possibility that nearly half may be lost during the 21st century. On November 17, 1999, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) established Feb. 21 as "International Mother Tongue Day" to promote tolerance between different ethnic and culture groups and establish respect through the promotion of mother tongues.
On this day in 1952 in Dhaka, Bangladesh (part of Pakistan at the time), police opened fire on demonstrators seeking to admit Bengali as the official language. In Bangladesh, this day is one of the most important incidents in the independence movement.
Presented in collaboration with Bethak"Gujarati literary group and Javanika Entertantment.