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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chain Society Organised First All India Cultural Conference in Malda

MALDA, 24 APRIL: The first ever National cultural conference of the Chain society was recently held in Mald amid huge enthusiasm of at least 3,000 members of Akhil Bharatiya Chain Samaj Kalyan Parishad (ABCSKP). The patrons of the organization including the all India president of ABCSKP Prof Bijay Sarkar, acting president Ramprabesh Mandal and other dignitaries beside representing the history of the Chain society briefed the Chains of the programmes to be taken up by the ABCSKP shortly.

The programme at Shahabazpur under Kaliachak I block commenced with worshipping of symbolic idol of the Chain vastu god ‘Panchpuria.’ Prof Sarkar, who is also the head of the department of the mass communication department of University of North Bengal emphasized the importance of Chain language which is the mother tongue of lakhs of people of this linguistic and cultural community. “The language is quite rich and has its own flow. Chain language is still the medium of thousands of people and we should take pride in promoting and preserving the language,” said Prof Sarkar while briefing the agenda of the programme.

Prof Nikhilesh Roy, the director of centre for studies in local language and culture of North Bengal University explained how such regional and local languages contribute to the cultural diversity of the nation. “We must strive to help flourishing the Chain and likely languages for the sake of the growth of the linguistic and cultural diversities enrich,” Prof Roy said.

The most interesting part was the explanation of Chain wedding songs. “Our marriage could be well termed as musical marriage as 110 songs are sung during the entire marriage ceremony,” Prof Sarkar informed.

Mr Ramprabesh Mandal said: “We have already initiated series of programmes with an eye to developing the backward members of the Chain society. We are also in the process of translating the world literatures in Chain language. The commendable task of composing the Bhagbad Gita in the Chain language has already been complete.” Mr Mandal informed: “We are now composing a directory of the eminent and established representatives of the Chain society who can help us in the development of the Chain society by rendering invaluable help, suggestions and expertise.”

Around 3,000 delegates from different parts of the state as well as from Bihar, Jharkhand and other states participated in the long cultural programmes. Gambhira, Holi songs, Bhajans and other songs were served in Chain language. Interestingly, Rabindrasangeet was sung in Chain language also. Prof Sarkar said that the objective of the programme was to explore the cultural talents of the Chain artistes as well as the awaken the society fellows about the important social issues like fighting superstitions and tree plantation so that the community members could significantly contribute to the all round social development.

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