Illustrious by all means – Marathi brings me joy
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. I want to tell this to everyone in the world, and not just Maharashtrians. Though Marathi is this historic and ethnic, I won’t bore you with the historical dates and important milestones of the development of language of Maharashtra. I would like to tell you more about the joy it brings me.
Recently, I was interacting with a few foreigners as a Marathi writer and poet. It was on one of the social media forums. They were happy that someone is really passionate about creating literature Marathi, a minor language from India. 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. This is because we don’t boast about it, even if we boast about it, we do it 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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