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Demand for framing of cultural policy

PATNA: The art and cultural cell of the BJP on Friday demanded framing of the state’s cultural policy to give protection to the state’s existing art and cultural traditions and to also promote art activities down to the district level with state patronage. The cell submitted a memorandum to arts, culture and sports minister Sukhda Pandey. The demands include reconstitution of the various linguistic and cultural academies, creation of Kalyan Kosh (welfare fund) for artists and litterateurs, taking up of steps for the protection of the state’s sub-regional languages (which include Bhojpuri, Maithili, Magahi, Angika and Vajjika), construction of district-level Kala Bhawans provided with auditoria, galleries and training cells, listing of known and unknown artists operating at village level to provide them proper opportunities for the display of their talent, and holding of such programmes as ‘Shukra Guljar’ and ‘Shani Bahar’ at block levels. A seven-member delegation of the party’s cultural cell led by its… Read More

Grand festivities to mark Bihar Diwas celebrations

PATNA: Grand festivities are in store for Patnaites on the occasion of Bihar Diwas celebrations set to begin on March 22. These will kick off year-long celebrations that will culminate in 2012 Bihar Diwas centenary functions. The three-day cultural extravaganza at Gandhi Maidan promises to be a musical treat with pure Bihari regional flavour, including Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and Angika folk songs apart from classical songs, ‘qawwalis’ and kavi sammelans. ‘Holi songs from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthani folk song and Chhau dance of West Bengal, all will add colour to the celebrations planned with a focus on reviving Bihari `asmita'( glory) and establishing the brand ‘Bihar’. ‘Bihar Gaan’, the state song to be sung for the first time at Gandhi Maidan, is being selected from amongst 1800 entries by a three-poet committee, Anjani Kumar Singh, principal secretary, HRD, informed TOI. Renowned artistes including Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Anup Jalota,… Read More

First time cultural programmes will be presented and announcements will be made in five regional languages-Maithili, Bhojpuri, Angika, Vajjika and Magahi on National Education Day

PATNA: The state human resources department (HRD) is all set to celebrate the National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and Independent India’s first education minister. “As education minister, Azad oversaw the establishment of a national education system with free primary education and modern institutions of higher education. Bihar, in fact, became the first state in the country to initiate a move to celebrate Education Day in his memory in 2007. Later, in 2008, government of India also decided to observe November 11 as National Education Day,” said HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh. Though the beginning was modest, the HRD later organized the event in a big way in 2008. It will be likewise this year too. The state HRD has acquired 800 sq feet area at Gandhi Maidan and four pavalions have been constructed where various cultural programmes, including sports, quiz… Read More

Chaila Bihari performs at a kanwariya camp

Chaila Bihari performs at a kanwariya camp

Kalkatia Nawadehi (Deoghar), July 15: It was midnight but instead of stealing some sleep, the kanwariyas were seen swaying to Chaila Bihari’s songs at a kanwariya camp. Bhojpuri and Angika folk singer Sunil Kumar, popularly known as Chaila Bihari, was performing live at the camp put up by Deoghar-based Indian Progressive Construction Company at Nawadehi, some 6km from Deoghar. Vinita Kumari of Narpathganj, Bihar, was excited to see the singing sensation performing live there. “Look Chaila Bihari is singing that famous song,” said Vinita to her mother. She added: “We had earlier seen him on the screen or heard his songs on the music system but today he is in front of us.” Several voluntary organisations have put up makeshift camps at different points on the 110-km stretch of Sultanganj-Deoghar Kanwariya route for the pilgrims to take rest. And sometimes they invite folk artistes like Chaila Bihari, Ajit Anand, Manoj Tiwary and Sonu Mishra to… Read More

Manjusha folk art on the verge of extinction

PATNA: The famous Manjusha art of Bhagalpur and its neighbouring ar-eas is on the verge of extinction due to lack of support from the Bihar government. Manjusha art is essentially local in its form and content mixed with a very popular folk tale of Bhagalpur namely `Bihula-Vishahari Gatha’. Now this art form is mainly confined to few museums and books. Two Bhagalpur scholars — professor, ancient Indian history and culture, TMBU University, Bhagalpur, Rajiva K Sinha and Bhagalpur Museum curator Om Prakash Pandey — have taken pain to document this dying art by pub-lishing a collection of its paintings, folklore and its origin. “This book would be useful for art lovers and future historians to un-derstand the rich heritage of the ancient Anga (modern Bhagalpur). It will help them in understanding the importance of the idea of `history at your doorsteps,” said emeritus professor of history, languages and culture of Asia, University of Wisconsin (US),… Read More

Orissa publisher records name in Limca Book of Records:Publishing a magazine in 60 languages including Angika

Jagatsinghpur: One poverty stricken literature and publisher has recorded his name Limca Book of Records’ by publishing a magazine in 60 language bringing inspiration and happy among local littérateurs, publishers for achieving this rare proud in this district. Fund crunch failed to prevent Bijaya Kuamr Mohapatra, 40 from fulfilling his long cherished dream of publishing a magazine in 64 languages and achieving record in Limca Book of Records. An attempt that started in 1990 with publication of ‘Suna Bhaunei’ in Oriya and subsequently the ‘Loving Sister’ in English in 1992 has now 60 versions in different languages. With financial assistance of Rs 5000 from his brother in law Mohapatra has published the first language. Other versions of the magazine are Payri Bahan ( 1992) in Hindi, Loving sister (1992) in English, Sona Bona(1992) in Bengali, Vahali Bahen (1998)in Gujarati, Priyamania Chellelu(1998) in Telgu, Subrana Bhagani (1998) in Sanskrit, Priya Sodari (1998) in Kannad, Pyari Bahen… Read More

Dumka tremors felt in east India

Dumka, Dec. 28: The state government is still facing the heat over the Kathikund police firing. The incident has become a national issue with social activists and organisations taking to the streets for alleged atrocities against Adivasis in Jharkhand. Detention of noted social activist and Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey by the Dumka police on Saturday has earned flak from activists across the country. Pandey was on his way to Amgachi village when he was detained On December 27, a team from the postgraduate department of Gandhian philosophy of Tilka Manjhi University, Bhagalpur, visited the family members of Lukiram Tudu, who died in Kathikund firing, at Daldali. The team also visited other villages such as Amgachi, Pokharia, Saraipani and Amarpani. People in these villages were fighting to protect their land. National convener of Gandhi Vichar Manch, Ajit Sinha, with professor Bijoy along with Ganga Mukti Andolan’s Shyam Sundar, Angika Sahitya Sammelan’s Bhagwan Pralay along with… Read More

Folk singer to popularise right to vote in Bihar in Hindi, Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithili and Angika languages

Patna, Oct 8.Popular Bihar folk singer Sharda Sinha has been roped in by the Election Commission to spread awareness about the right to vote during the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. Sharda Sinha has been appealing to voters on television in five different languages – Hindi, Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithali and Angika – to exercise their voting rights in the elections. ‘Sharda Sinha’s 40-second to one-minute appeal to use the right to vote will be telecast on TV channels every day till the end of polls on Nov 20,’ an official told IANS Friday. Sources in the State Election Commission said they hoped Sharda Sinha’s earthy voice would help increase the voter turnout. Popularly known as Bihar Kokila, Sharda Sinha is a well-known face and voice across Bihar for the folk songs she sings during festivals like Durga Puja and Chhath. Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Qureshi, during his visit to the state to review the poll preparedness,… Read More

Leading a new pack of Biharis in the IAS

PATNA: “You can take the boy out of Bihar but you cannot take Bihar out of the boy,” writer Amitava Kumar wrote back recently from Pennsylvania to The Times of India researching a story on Bihari achievers, many of them holding places of pride in the bureaucracy. “In 10 years, either the DM or the SP, if not both, in each of the 500-odd districts in the country will be a Bihari,” is how Shaibal Gupta, member-secretary of the Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute responded to a query. Manish Kumar (29), standing 5th to be the highest-ranking Bihari in this year’s civil services examination merit list, is the hot new reflection mirroring the views of the writer and the social scientist. A plum job in the Big apple was his for the asking but he preferred the arduous and uncertain route to a life in babudom. Hailing from Parmanpur village near Jamdaha in Banka district,… Read More

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