London: 21st February is observed as International mother Language day in memory of students of Dhaka University who lost their lives to protect their mother tongue.
Essex Indian community group and Maitreya Bengali club observed the day and encourage British Asian children to stay connected with their roots.
2nd March they celebrated the day at Romford which was attended by people of all ages and different professions.
Event was started with performance of kids as young as 5yrs .Nainika, Sarah , Moho, Solan, Iman represented their culture through dance, Tabla recital , recitation and songs related to classical music and Bengalee language.
Bandal mainline Band paid tribute to our culture and it was interesting to watch two generations performing together.Performers were Anirban , Arya, Shreya and Upal.
It was interesting to listen to a thought provoking debate by historian Dr S Ghosh(SOAS), Mrs S Sarkar, Journalist at British Asia News Network, Mrs G Sharma , teacher and founder of Hindi junction, Mrs R Mishra , teacher and founder of IIW , Mr D Mukherjee, lawyer and member of BBA.
The debate generated significant discussion and well appreciated by the audience.
Young student Debarka shared his memory as his Father and grand mother were active part of Bhasha Anodolon.
Evening evolved slowly as next generation took over and presented a beautiful talk show and explored relationship between languages.
Talk show – German and Sanskrit are they cousins? received huge round of applause.
It was directed by Dr D Mukherjee and performed by Shrey, Rajat , Vaibhavi, Chaynsh and Tista.
Two takented children Shreoshi , Roopkatha explored Bengali song and Odissi dance forms and performed.
Manan presented a brief narrative of history behind occasion of Bhasa Dibos.
Arya, Shreyashi, Mainak , Chandrima, Dev presented different genres of songs ranging from Karnataki classical , contemporary to Japaneese language.
Moumita , Ahana , Lavanya mesmerized audiences with variety of dances ranging from traditional Kathak, Bharatnatyam , Rajasthani folk to Russian gypsy.
Event was concluded with lovely home cooked meal by Essex Indians members.
Event was successfully executed with the help of all the members who are Suman, Sumana, Amrit, Molly , Chitra, Nandini, Sayantini, Gargi , Jayita, Suman, Arghya, Malini, Shreya , Teerna , Shamik , Dipankar , Upal, Anirban, Arya Shreyashi, Rajat , Ahana, Naman, Sunil , Monica,Reshma,Biplab Piyal , Ishita Sudipta , Indraneel, Mainak , Chandrima and Jitendra.