As per directives of Ministry of Human Resource Development, IIT Bombay celebrated Matribhasha Diwas (Mother Tongue Day) on February 22, 2018 to promote the use of mother tongue in the Institute. It was hosted by Hindi Cell of IIT Bombay. Various cultural associations performed classical dances, folk songs and cultural activities in seven Indian languages to demonstrate linguistic and cultural richness of India.
Prof. Eivind Kahrs, Sanskrit Department, University of Cambridge, UK and Visiting Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay was the Chief Guest of the function. He delivered the keynote address about language and communication.
Prof. Soumyo Mukherji, Dean (Student Affairs) spoke about Matribhasha (mother tongue) and its importance in building a strong nation.
During the event, Assam Cultural Association of IIT Bombay performed famous folk dance of Assam called Bihu. Utkal Cultural Association presented some very informative videos about Odisha and its vibrant culture. Similarly, Bengali Cultural Association's presentation demonstrated prosperity of colorful Bengali culture and language. Kairalee Kala Samiti performed Mohiniattam, classical dance of Kerala. Kannada Sangh and Marathi Sanskritik Mandal also performed during the event.
Prof. A. K. Suresh, Deputy Director (Academic and Infrastructural Affairs), Dr. R. Premkumar, Registrar, Prof. Malhar Kulkarni, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Ms. Vaishali Bahulkar, Hindi Officer also graced the occasion.