Report by Rajeev Lochan Rathan, Bhawanipatna: The International Mother Tongue Day as per UNESCO declaration, Kosli Matrubhasa Divas was observed here at a simple ceremony in hotel Bhagirathi Inn where linguists and litterateurs from Bargarh, Nuapada and Kalahandi district participated.
The inaugural session was presided over by Dr.Gopabandhu Behera Ex professor of Sambalpur University who appreciated the efforts of kosal Horizon English weekly for observing this Day in Bhawanipatna. Dr.Behera hailed the life long struggle of Pandit Prayag Dutta Joshi to recognized ‘Kosli’ as a separate language.
Sambalpur University, has conferred ‘kosal Ratna’ title on pandit Joshi, but that is not enough. Legends of western Odisha like Dr.Bhubaneswar Behera and Prayag Dutta Joshi should have been honoured in more meaningful ways by the university. He lamented that talents were not being recognized and worshipped in the way it should be, he said.
Welcoming the guests Baidyanath Mishra, Editor, Kosal Horizon said that this day is being dedicated to late Prayag Dutta Joshi who incurred the wrath of many in course of his struggle to prove the separate entity of Kosal Language. Efforts should be made to teach Kosli to students in the primary level. This view was corroborated by Aradhana Nanda, President FARR when she said students in the nursery level must be taught in their mother tongue, he added.
Research scholar Natraj Mohapatra, Kosli poet Manoranjan Sahu, Prof.Jatindra kumar Mund, Suresh Negi, Pratap Chandra Mund among others participated in the discussion. Lecturer Umesh Satpatty reviewed Surama Mishra’s book ‘Titi Tian’ written to teach the Primary Level students while teaching mother Tongue based education.