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Arunachal Pradesh’s Mishmi Kaman language displayed in Gujarat’s ‘Language Carnival’

The carnival was organised by the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) of IIT Gandhinagar wherein colourful exhibits from 11 scheduled languages of India were on display, apart from Mishmi Kaman.

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Itanagar: A two-member team from Lohit Youth Library Network (LYLN), Arunachal Pradesh has represented Mishmi Kaman language of Arunachal at the ‘Language Carnival’ hosted by IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat to mark the International Mother Language Day on Tuesday.

The carnival was organised by the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) of IIT Gandhinagar wherein colourful exhibits from 11 scheduled languages of India were on display, apart from Mishmi Kaman.

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The LYLN team, led by Bahailu Rangmang, exhibited introductory posters on Arunachal, the Mishmi society, the children’s biography of Gandhiji in five Arunachal languages (by Tulika Books, Chennai), “Hambreelmai Sai”, the first children’s book in Kaman language and the Mishmi Kaman grammar booklet prepared by linguists Roger Blench and Sokhep Kri.

Several students, research scholars and faculty of IITGN visited the Kaman stall, seeking details about Arunachal Pradesh, its people and its languages.

Many visitors were also curious to know more about the teaching of Arunachali languages in schools, after seeing “Kaman Pit-1”, a textbook published by the Arunachal State Education Department. 

Prof Jooyoung Kim, linguist and Prof Ambika Aiyadurai, social anthropologist, congratulated the Lohit Youth Library team for their elegant presentation.

Meanwhile, the Lohit Youth Libraries coordinator and Padma Shree awardee S Mundayoor thanked the LDI team and the Director, IITGN for providing them an invaluable opportunity to benefit from the numerous programmes currently going on in the IITGN. 

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