Gover­nor presents lit­er­ary awards to em­i­nent writ­ers; calls to pre­serve re­gional lan­guages

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

MUM­BAI: The Gover­nor of Ma­ha­rash­tra Ch Vidyasagar Rao pre­sented the 34th Priyadarshni An­nual Lit­er­ary Awards to em­i­nent writ­ers in Hindi, Sindhi and Gu­jarati lan­guage at a func­tion held (at IMC Walc­hand Hirac­hand Au­di­to­rium, Church­gate) in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day (14th March). The awards have been in­sti­tuted by the Priyadarshni Academy.

Chair­man of Priyadarshni Academy Ni­ran­jan Hi­ranan­dani, Chair­manEmer­i­tus Nanik Ru­pani, for­mer Sher­iff of Mum­bai Dr Mo­han Pa­tel, Chair­per­son of the Ladies’s Wing of In­dian Mer­chants’ Cham­ber Nayan­tara Jain, Shilpa Karia and oth­ers were present.

Has­ti­mal Hasti (Hindi), Maya Rahi (Sindhi) and Dr Pravin Darji (Gu­jarati) were pre­sented the Lit­er­ary Awards. Dr Naren­dra Jadhav who was se­lected for the lit­er­ary award (Marathi) could not at­tend the func­tion. The Gover­nor also pre­sented schol­ar­ship cheques to stu­dents on this oc­ca­sion. Speak­ing at the Lit­er­ary Awards presentation func­tion, Gover­nor CH Vidyasagar Rao said In­dian lan­guages are repos­i­to­ries of the coun­try’s rich lit­er­a­ture, cus­toms and tra­di­tions, cul­ture, art and her­itage. Cau­tion­ing that many lan­guages in In­dia have been marked as en­dan­gered, he called for ef­forts to pre­serve all In­dian lan­guages, di­alects and scripts.

“To­day there is a move­ment to save our rivers. Like­wise there is a need to save our lan­guages and di­alects, which are rivers of our cul­tural knowl­edge and wis­dom. When a lan­guage dies, the loss is ir­re­versible,” said the Gover­nor. — Staff Re­porter

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