Friday, February 19, 2010

Dogri contributing significantly to Indian literature

Dogri, the language spoken by the Dogras living in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere is a living and vibrant language. As part of mainstream Indian regional languages, Dogri too is now contributing significantly to Indian literature.

The Dogri folk music and world-famous Basohli miniature paintings constitute proud cultural heritage of India. Besides, Dogras’ daring military deeds form a stirring chapter of Indian history. Not only their rich art and cultural heritage, their mother-tongue, Dogri is also flourishing and enriching Indian literature. The record of making rapid strides in its literature especially during the last six decades is noteworthy. During the reign of Maharaja Ranbir Singh (1857-1885), Dogri was the official language of the Jammu and Kashmir State and afterwards Urdu became the official language and medium of instruction.

In the past, Dogri alphabet were called “Ganamat” and later modified to “Namey Akkhar” during regime of Ranbir Singh. On recommendation of an official committee, Devnagari script for Dogri was adopted in 1955 and it was incorporated in the State Constitution in 1957.
Full report here Northern Voices Online

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