HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: With the aim of promoting and extending the recognition of Maithili language, a group of intellectual Maithili speaking community is organising a two-day International Maithili Conference -2067 in Kathmandu from December 22 to 23 .
“The conference is the first of its kind,” said Rambharosh Kapadi, a member of Nepal Academy and co-coordinator of the conference committee.
Author and former member of the academy, Dr Ram Dayal Rakesh informed that the conference was to commemorate the day Maithili language was listed in the eighth annex of the Indian constitution.
“It is a well-developed language with its own literature, but needs efforts for further development,” said Rakesh.
Maithili is the second largest language in Nepal, with around six million native speakers. According to a press conference, Maithili ranks 26th in the list of
frequently spoken languages of the world, with over four crore speakers the world over.
The conference management committee is organising a rally of Maithili language speakers on December 22, which President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will inaugurate.
The committee also informed it will confer eight different personalities, who have contributed to preservation and development of the language, with the title “Mithilashree” and “ Mithilaratna”.
A 13-member management committee under the coordination of academician Rambharosh Kapadi has been formed. A total of 200 Maithili speaking intellectuals, poets and littérateurs from India and Nepal are expected to take part in the conference.