Convention on Paite language begins

IMPHAL, 22nd JAN: A 2-day long convention on Paite language began here at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound under the aegis of Sahitya Akademi, Sunday. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Manipur University of Culture chancellor Prof N Khagendra said that Paite community is a very hard working community. Inspite of being a small community in the state, Paites have been able to produce over 1500 journals which is laudable and respectable.

        He further informed that Paite community with determination and commitment has been promoting its language and literature and is trying to make the outside world recognise its presence. While also complementing the Sahitya Akademi for organising such events for Paite community, Prof N Khagendra appealed to the Akademi to organise similar conventions on yearly basis so that the language and literature of Paite community could be developed to a great extent and obtain recognition, in spite of the absence of its own script and is depending on Roman script to bring out its literatures.

       Sahitya Akademi Manipuri Advisory Board convenor H Behari, who was also present on the occasion, said that the event being organised today has enabled all of us to understand the literary contribution made by Paite community in the region and beyond. Moreover, it also identifies the ethos of the people living in the north eastern region of India. He also pointed out the need to organise conventions of other tribal languages of the state.

       The inaugural day of the convention had three sessions during which various resource persons presented papers on the topic “Paite People and Langauge; Paite Folk Literature and Paite Language: A Linguistic Study”.

      NECOL Imphal director H Kamkhenthang, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal India government ex-chairman V V Dongzathang and Sahitya Akademi Kolkata regional secretary Gopal Ch Barman were also present on the occasion.

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