The event will also witness poetry recitation in the mother tongue, group song & dance in different languages, a webinar on 'Using Technology for Multilingual Learning: Challenges and Opportunities', the launch of the book 'Tribal and Indigenous Languages of India' written by Prof. Ramesh C Gaur, Dean IGNCA.
Under the aegis of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organising a two-day event on 21st and 22nd February 2022 at Indira Gandhi National Center of Arts, New Delhi.
International Mother Language Day is observed worldwide on February 21 every year to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism. The day is part of a broader initiative to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people worldwide. The idea of celebrating International Mother Language Day first came from Bangladesh. The general conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided to celebrate February 21 as International Mother Language Day in 2000. UNESCO chooses a unique theme every year to celebrate this special day. The theme of 2022 is: "Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and opportunities". It focuses on the potential role of technology to advance multilingual education and support the development of quality teaching and learning for all.
To mark the day, the Ministry of Culture is organising a two-day programme in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts IGNCA and UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office in physical and virtual format.
The keynote address at the event will be delivered by Culture Secretary Govind Mohan, followed by the address of Mr Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO Cluster Office, New Delhi and renowned lyricist and poet Prasoon Joshi. With a line-up of exemplary speakers from India and abroad, the event will also witness poetry recitation in the mother tongue, group song & dance in different languages, a webinar on 'Using Technology for Multilingual Learning: Challenges and Opportunities', the launch of the book 'Tribal and Indigenous Languages of India' written by Prof. Ramesh C Gaur, Dean IGNCA.
Later in the evening, the event 'Ekam Bharatam' will witness the presence of Minister of State for Culture & External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi formally releasing the 'Vande Bharatam' soundtrack. The song, which has been co-created by Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej along with tabla maestro Bikram Ghosh, was a part of the dance presentations by the Ministry of Culture on Republic Day event 2022. The event will also witness music virtuosos perform together live.
Furthermore, there will be an interactive session among the group of writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, journalists and experts on one stage. The unmatched celebration will be followed by cultural performances.