You may find it hypocritical to read about my mother tongue ‘Marathi’, in a completely different language. But the point of writing this article in English is to tell how beautiful, intricate and culturally rich my language is, to everyone in the world, and not only the Maharashtrians. This article is not to bore you with the historical dates and important milestones of the development of this historic and ethnic language of Maharashtra, however, I would like to tell you more about the joy it brings me.
Recently, I was interacting with a few foreigners about being a Marathi writer and poet on one of the social media forums. In the discussion they pointed out that Marathi is a minor language from India and they are happy that someone is really passionate about creating literature in the language. At first, I got a bit offended by their “Minor Language” remark, but on a second thought, I realized it wasn’t their fault. They are ignorant about Marathi language and heritage of Marathi literature not only because we don’t boast about it, but also because even if we boast about it, it would have to be done in any other language and not in Marathi. This is the exact reason why I have to write about Marathi literature in English. It’s us, the Marathi people who are at fault for to not make the work of our writers known to the world. Marathi literature isn’t being translated widely into English or other foreign languages.
The entire Marathi community, the 83 million people speak Marathi as our first language. It’s with great joy that I can proclaim that Marathi gets the 10th spot in world’s most spoken language and 3rd most spoken in India right after Hindi and Bengali. We have stalwart novelists, poets and writers of other forms of literature who have won accolades like the Jnanpith Award for their outstanding contribution to Indian Literature. Theatre, music and other performing arts flourished with contributions of many great Marathi artists.
Through this blog series, I would like to take an opportunity to introduce you to the fine jewels of Marathi literature and culture. A small step towards taking the minor to medium if not major. Hope you all will enjoy it.
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