Jamshedpur : Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan, a national Bengali literary association, inaugurated the two-day regional conference in the city to promote the Bengali literature and language. The Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan, Jamshedpur chapter is organizing its zonal conference at The Milanee, Bistupur on Sep 26 and 27.
An official said that the event will be a positive step in promotion of the language. He said the programme will enrich Bengali literature by ensuring a healthy exchange of ideas between the participants.
� It is the linguistic diversity that lends colour and richness to our rainbow-like heritage. India is a land of diverse cultures and languages, each one having strong roots and being practised and spoken by millions. Thus, the need to preserve this kind of plurality is also imperative, irrespective of political boundaries,� he said.
More than 200 delegates from Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand are participating in it. Saryu Roy, food and civil supplies minister, Jharkhand was the chief guest while former director of Doordarshan, Kolkata Pankaj Saha was the guest of honour. Pradeep Bhattacharjee, the president of All India Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan was also be present in the conference.
During the conference about four literary sessions will be held during which the usage of Bengali as a language, literature and culture would be discussed.
Founded in 1922, Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan aims to create a bridge between Bengali and other languages. With around 120 branches spread across the country, the organisation holds annual conferences in various cities. The first such conference was held in Varanasi in 1923 under the guidance of Rabindranath Tagore.