Delhi cabinet gives nod to set up Konkani academy in city
It is one of the 22 scheduled languages mentioned in the Constitutions 8th schedule and the official language of Goa.In 2019, the Delhi government had constituted 14 new language academies under the Department of Art, Culture and Languages.As the capital of the country, Delhi is an amalgamation of diverse cultures of the country.PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 08-01-2021 18:16 IST | Created: 08-01-2021 18:02 IST
"The academy will be set up under the Department of Art, Culture and Languages of the Delhi government, for the people of Delhi to have exposure to the rich Konkani culture, language, literature and folk arts.
"The newly set-up academy will soon be allocated an office space with all the necessary infrastructure," an official statement said.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Goa has a special place in every Indian's heart.
Konkani is an Indo-Aryan language that is spoken by the Konkani people living primarily in the country's western coastal region. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages mentioned in the Constitution's 8th schedule and the official language of Goa.
"As the capital of the country, Delhi is an amalgamation of diverse cultures of the country. The purpose of a language academy is not only to cater to the speakers of that language but also to reach out to a wider audience.
"Therefore, regardless of the number of speakers of a particular language residing in Delhi, it is an opportunity to develop a taste of cultural diversity. It is our responsibility to provide a sense of dignity, belonging and identity to people through respecting their culture," the statement said.
While several languages were included in the first phase, there are some important languages that need to be included in the next phase. Konkani is a very interesting and dynamic part of India's cultural history, it said.
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