“Aama Gourav Samman-2019” conferred to Dr Pratibha Ray; Kalinga Literary Festival awarded with “Prabasi Bhasha Samman-2019” 

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New Delhi:  The Intellects; a New Delhi based intellectual forum of Odia diasporas has successfully concluded 5th edition of International Mother Language Conclave in speaker hall of Constitution Club of India by inviting renowned linguists, Authors, Technologists, Researchers and Font Developers from all Indian languages including all six classical languages. The conclave was inaugurated by the chairman of the Gyanpith Committee Dr Pratibha Ray and Convenor Sh. Debendra Nath Rout delivered the welcome speech.

During this two days conclave the scholars from the six classical languages of India, shared their views on the challenges before the society to keep the next generations engaged with their mother tongue in this age of social media and micro blogging. The Scholars and academicians from Malayalam, Sanskrit, Telegu, Kannad, Tamil and Odia were deliberating upon the topic “Classical status; an impetus to linguistic world” at inaugural technical session of the LangFest 2019 yesterday. It is chaired by the President of Linguist Society of India Prof Panchanan Mohanty and Prof. Srinibasan Subramanyam (Tamil), Prof Purushottam Bilimale (Kannad), Prof E,Muralidhar Rao (Telegu), Prof. Krishanan P. (Malayalam) shared their views on the topic.

The Second session of the conclave was held on the subject “Mothe Tongue; the gateway of development and self-esteem”. Eminent Odia writer and researcher Das Benhur chare the session and international acclaimed Odissi exponent Sharon Lowen, Sahitya Akademi Awardee renowned poet and academicians of Punjabi langage Dr. Mohanjit Singh, eminent corporate administrator, Poet and Artist Sh. Kulamani Biswal, Popular Odia Singer Smt Susmita Das deliberated upon how the mother tongue could be the tool to bridge the gap between the millennial and their cultural roots.

Gyanpith awardee and popular Odia writer Dr Pratibha Ray was awarded “Aama Gaurav Samman 2019”. Fourteen eminent people from different fields were conferred with the “Prabasi Bhasha Samman-2019” on this occasion including eminent writer Das Benhur, Odissi exponent Sharon Lowen. Four popular organizations including NALCO, The Sambad,  have been awarded during this occasion. Dr Sankar Sanyal,  President of Harijan Sevak Sangh joined as Chief Guest and Dr Bhagabanprakash, senior advisor of Election Commissioner of India and eminent Author chaired the session.

In day two a round table discussion on ‘Number and Sequence of Odia Alphabets’ has been organized for the first time to standardize the alphabets of Odia language. Eminent researchers like Prof. Panchanan Mohanty, Prof. Antaryami Mishra, Prof Dukhisyam Pattanayak, Dr Pratibha Ray, Dr Bhagbanprakas, technologists Sudhir Patel, Subashis Panigrahi, Debashish Jethy, Debendra Prusthy and other eminent stakeholders have share their views. The discussion is chaired by Prof Udaynath Sahu. A concession has been made during the discussion which will be submitted to State Govt, Govorner of Odisha and Odia Bhasha Pratisthan to take needful steps.

LangFest has been emerged as the largest annual congregation of Linguists, Scholars and Researchers of the country.

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