Digital technology to be used to spread Marathi culture: Maharashtra CM

Panaji, Jan 6: The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh today said that new digital technology should be used to preserve and spread Marathi culture and tradition for the sake of new generation, and the Jagatik Marathi Academy can help the Maharashtra government in achieving this task.

Speaking during the valedictory function of the Jagatik Marathi Sammelan, a global Marathi conference on the theme ‘Shodh Marathi Manacha’, at the Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir, he said that the Maharashtra government has already decided to provide grants for supporting the traditional arts from the state, including folk art and stage productions.

“The Maharashtra government is also dedicated towards reducing the distance and differences between it and the writers, poets, artists, performers, and so on,” he added.

The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat and the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr R R Patil, besides the president of the conference and noted film and stage actor, Nilu Phule were also present on the dais.

Speaking further, Mr Deshmukh said that a Marathi person may be slow in his approach but definitely attains the target set for him.

Stating that any state achieves success when it has control over law and order situation, Mr Deshmukh observed that Goa is one such state where even the tourists are ensured of their safety. “The theme of the conference which is based on search of a Marathi mind, was fulfilled when the Chief Minister of Goa agreed to take on the responsibility as the chairperson of the reception committee of the event,” he pointed out.

Mr Deshmukh also said that the grandmothers in various Marathi families settled around the globe have become a major force for spreading Marathi language in their respective families.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister also lauded the presence of Nilu Phule for the function, stating that in spite of old age and ill health, the veteran actor and noted social worker had attended the 3-day function due to his love for the language.

Mr Kamat, in his speech said that the global Marathi conference is one of the unforgettable events in his career.
Mr Patil, speaking on the occasion said that Maharashtra is ahead of countries like Russia, Poland, Italy and South Korea, in terms of its achievements in the field of investment.

He also stated that more youth from Marathi families should remain present for such functions.

Nilu Phule and the president of the Jagatik Marathi Academy, Mr Ramdas Phutane also spoke on the occasion. The co-ordinator of the event, Mr Vishnu Wagh welcomed, while Dr Ajay Vaidya compered.

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