“Therefore, I would urge upon to consider the Bengali language in the list of classical languages in New Education Policy of India after delving deep into the entire gamut of qualification to determine the list of classical languages in the country,” he said in the letter on the occasion of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s 79th death anniversary on Friday. … [Read more...] about Adhir calls on PM Modi to enlist Bengali as classical language in National Education Policy
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I fervently request you to consider the inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the list of approved languages at the earliest so that the children of my state can receive the best of education, Pala said in the letter. … [Read more...] about Meghalaya: BJP, Congress vocal for Khasi, Garo in schools
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone in Ayodhya for the Ram temple on August 5 which received mixed reactions from Indians. A day after the public ceremony, a 120-years old poem written by Rabindranath Tagore has gone viral on social media. The reason: Tagore's poem 'Deeno Daan' has an uncanny resemblance to the present times we live in. In 'Deeno Daan', Tagore writes about a sage who criticizes a king for getting a temple built in the name of God using “two million gold coins” while turning away the poor during a drought. And so, the sage goes on to say that the temple has no God but only “royal pride”. An excerpt from the English translation of the poem by Banojyotsna Lahiri reads: “There is no god in that temple”, said the Saint. The King was enraged; “No God? Oh Saint, aren’t you speaking like an atheist? On the throne studded with priceless gems, beams the golden idol, And yet, you proclaim that’s … [Read more...] about Poem penned by Rabindranath Tagore 120 years ago goes viral, here’s why
Sanjay MehtaWould you have ever imagined how voice and speech recognition technology would become an important part of our lives as they’re now? Ever thought that you would be speaking to a device which understands your command and reciprocates to it? Around a decade ago, all what we knew about voice calls and assistants were that the former were your normal telephone calls and the latter helped doctors, corporate executives, etc. And yet today, thanks to the leaps that technology has taken, what seemed to be science fiction then, has become a reality today. The transition from feature phones to smart phones have had us glued to the screens and opened many avenues in the technological spectrum. And now with voice taking centre stage, we are embarking on to a new level of innovation here. Google released a report saying that Hindi is second most common language for its Google Assistant after English. It seems like Indians love to talk more than they like to write or read!Read … [Read more...] about Will rural India jump the digital divide with Voice Tech?
Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen several such performances online, either solos or two or three people jamming together. Many of these have been truly wonderful, revealing or reiterating serious song-writing and musical talent. What I have yet to come across, however, is a single song in English that is sung with a recognisable Indian English accent. Whether it’s a cover of The Beatles, The Stones or Dylan, or an original song about something in Shillong, Calcutta or Hyderabad, the accent used is almost always ‘American’. Even the typically British songs are sung with an accent that is some kind of an estimation of a twang from the northern half of the U.S. … [Read more...] about Why can’t we have desi rock in India’s many desi accents?