Two-day international seminar on ‘Indianness in Diaspora Literature’ begins at Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad
Kolkata, 17 December 2022
Under the joint aegis of Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad and Sadinama, a two-day international seminar was organized today in the auditorium of Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad. Renuka Asthana, co-editor of ‘Sadinama’ magazine, read the story ‘Baj Martwa Zindagi’ by expatriate writer Priyanka Om published in the December issue of Vagarth before the inauguration. Council’s Finance Secretary Ghanshyam Sugla welcomed the present scholars and audience and narrated the message of Council’s President Dr. Kusum Khemani. Khemani ji said that the presence of all of you shows that you all have immense love for Indianness. Bimla Poddar, former secretary of the Council was also present on the stage.
The scholars present on the stage inaugurated the book ‘Pravasi Kahaniyaan’ published by Sadinama Prakashan in association with Tejendra Sharma (London) and Dr. Indu Singh. Babulal Sharma, editor of Ideological Magazine, while discussing ‘Indianness in Pravasi literature’, said that events on Pravasi literature are rarely seen. Today’s program is very important in this sense. Dr. Shambhunath, editor of Vagarth and director of Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, discussed the expansion of the meaning of Pravasi, Pravasi, and Indianness. He said that along with Indianness, locality also has to be understood.
Representative of the Asiatic Society, Chandramali Sengupta, while introducing the activities of the Asiatic Society, discussed the diaspora literature. He informed about the literature written by Bengali writers Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Vibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Satinath Bhaduri while living in exile. Dr. Sanjeev Chattopadhyay, Principal of Bangwasi College (Evening) stressed the need to learn Hindi today. Also talked about the beauty of the form of Bangla language spoken in Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Vice-Chancellor of Hindi University, Howrah Prof. Damodar Mishra said that today an attempt is being made to erase history. It is difficult to say where globalization will take us. At the same time, he appealed to save humanity through literature discussion.
The first session was conducted and the vote of thanks was done by Jitendra Jitanshu, editor of Sadinama.
Asha Bodal, Gopal Bhatri Koti, Meena Chaturvedi, Shakeel Gondvi, Raunak Afroz, Seraj Khan Batish, Abhigyat, Suresh Shaw, Ramnarayan Jha, Jativ Hayal, Om Prakash Dubey, Shipra Mishra, Ravindra Srivastava, Meenakshi Sanganeria under composition dialogue in the second session , Sohail Khan Sohail, Ramesh Sharma, Shraddha Tibdewal, Poonam Gupta, Santosh Kumar Verma, Abhilash Meena, Seema Sharma, Fauzia Akhtar, Julie Jahnavi, Moushumi Prasad, Vandana Pathak, Rashmi Bharti, Mohan Tiwari, Neetu Singh Gadauliya recited their poetry did
The session was moderated and coordinated by Rachna Saran, Sandeep Gupta, Sohail Khan Sohail, Meenakshi Sanganeria, Renuka Asthana, Shrimohan Tiwari, Aftab Ahmed Khan, Neetu Singh Bhadauria, Rashim Bharti, Rahul Sharma, Jagmohan Singh Khokhar, Ramesh Kumar Sharma and Dr. Kamlesh Jain.