Marathi Language Day 2024

The day depicts significance for the Marathi-speaking community…

On February 27, every year, India celebrates Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din, also known as Marathi Language Day. The day marks a celebration of the rich cultural heritage and vibrant linguistic Marathi language.

It also serves as an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Marathi-speaking communities to literature, art, music, and society at large.

Marathi is the most spoken language in India. Notably, the language has 42 dialects, out of which some of the most common ones are Vaidarbhi, Zadi Boli, Konkani, and Khandeshi. The language's grammar comes from Prakrit and Pali.

This day is chosen to commemorate the birth anniversary of the renowned Marathi poet, playwright, and novelist, Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar, popularly known as Kusumagraj.

His literary work spans several decades, and his contributions have been highly influential in shaping the literary landscape of Maharashtra.

He was the president of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held in 1964. He was also awarded the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honour, for his contributions.

After Kusumagraj died in 1999, the government established this day in his honour.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde also paid tribute to Kusumagraj and extended his wishes on social media.

Marathi Language Day carries significant importance for Marathi speakers in Maharashtra and worldwide, providing an occasion to rejoice in the rich traditions and history of the Marathi language.

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