Fast for recognition of Angika langauge

PATNA: The struggle for government recognition of Angika language spoken in eastern districts of Bihar and related demands has now taken a crucial turn, as its supporters have taken to ‘aamaran anshan (fast-unto-death)’ on Hardinge Road hear R-Block here to pursue their demands, and make themselves heard by the concerned in the Nitish Kumar government. Of the students sitting on fast, one Adarsh Suman (11) fell ill on Wednesday, and has been rushed to a doctor for treatment, said AUAS central general secretary Jayant Jalad. According to Gautam, as many as 65 people have arrived here from districts concerned to show their solidarity and be also a part of the struggle. While the fast-unto-death by founder president of Anga Utthan Andolan Samiti (AUAS) for Bihar and Jharkhand Gautam Suman entered the second day on Wednesday, dozens of other people, including boy and girl students, have also been giving him company by sitting on ‘anshan (fast)’… Read More

CM urged to take steps for protection of Angika

PATNA: Congress legislature party (CLP) leader in the state assembly and party’s former state chief Sadanand Singh on Friday urged CM Nitish Kumar to make his personal intervention and take requisite steps for the protection of Angika – the language of the people of ancient Anga Janapada and has evolved over the past several centuries. In this regard, he sent his emissaries to the official residence of the CM with a request letter. Singh’s letter pleaded, “It is my personal request that please consider the demands made for the protection of Angika language. It would help in strengthening the culture and tradition of the people of Anga Janapada. (Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-08/patna/29752175_1_gautam-suman-cm-nitish-kumar-congress-legislature-party) संबंधित अंगिका समाचार पढ़ऽ / Read similar Angika News :Governor assures for government protection to Angika…Pakistan accuses US of nixing Taliban talksIndia’s space-based ‘revolution’Angika LanguageWhen could one be able to produce Angika Cinema?People have purchased broom to clean outside muck:…Demand for Jharkhand’s second official language…Efforts… Read More

Publisher of children’s magazine in 103 languages including Angika battles cancer

CUTTACK: Bijay Mohapatra, the publisher who achieved the rare distinction of publishing a children`s magazine called ” Suna Bhauni” in over a 100 languages, is now struggling for his life. The 42-year-old is suffering from renal cancer and undergoing treatment at the Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre. The disease has spread to his abdomen and he is believed to be in a critical condition. Mohapatra struggled all his life to popularize Indian languages among children by publishing the magazine in 103 languages, including the lesser known Ho, Angika and Bajika, without any financial help from the government. His hard work paid off in the form of several awards and a mention in the Limca Book of Records. Lying in bed, the frail publisher said, “I saw many bad days in my life but poverty never deterred me from publishing the magazine. However, my health is not allowing me to work any more. I had aspired… Read More

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

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