8 Super Cool things you probably didn’t know about Bengali Language.
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Here are 8 super cool things you probably didn’t know about Bangla.
The National Anthem of India was first written in Bangla.
- The Indian National Anthem was originally composed as Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata in Bengali by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
- It is a five-stanza hymn in Bengali dedicated to the Supreme divine God who is the dispenser of the destiny of Sovereign India.
- On the occasion of attaining Independence, the Indian Constituent Assembly assembled for the first time as a sovereign body on 14 August 1947, midnight, and the session closed with a mesmerizing performance of the Indian National Anthem.
International Mother Language Day was inspired by the struggle for Bangla Language
- In 1948, the Government of Pakistan installed Urdu as the sole national language. This sparked large-scale protests among the Bengali-speaking majority of East Bengal.
- In response to this, The Bengali Language Movement was launched in former East Bengal in 1952.
- The purpose of the movement was to advocate the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language of the then-Dominion of Pakistan to allow its use in government affairs, the continuation of its use for education, its use in media, currency, and stamps.
- After years of conflict, the government finally granted official status to the Bengali language in 1956.
- In Bangladesh, 21 February is observed as Language Movement Day, a national holiday. In 1999, UNESCO declared 21 February as International Mother Language Day, to pay tribute to the Language Movement and the ethnolinguistic rights of people around the world.
Bangla is the seventh most spoken language across the world
- In an article published by visual-content provider Visual Capitalist, Bangla was ranked seventh in the top ten languages of the world with 265 million native and non-native speakers across the globe.
- Bangla was classified under the branch of Indo-Aryan languages and is estimated to have around 228 million native speakers in the world.
Bangla is an Official language in a country on the other end of the Globe
- Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, shares both a geographically and culturally special relation with the latter.
- Between 1991 and 2002, the West African country was involved in a civil war. During this period, the United Nations had to deploy a large force in Sierra Leone for maintaining peace.
- Bangla-speaking soldiers formed the largest part of the UN force in the Republic and their contributions in battling out rebel forces were of great significance.
- In December 2002, Sierra Leone’s President Ahmad Tejan Kabbahnamed Bangla as an “official language” of Sierra Leone to recognize the work of more than 5,300 troops in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone peacekeeping force.
Bangla Language doesn’t have any Gender Pronouns
- Bangla language is considered to be gender-friendly because it has no gender pronouns, hence, it refers to all genders without any bias.
- For example, instead of subject pronouns of ‘he’ or ‘she’, the word ‘shey’ is used. Also, objective pronouns ‘tar’ (tar/ta’kay) or ‘o’ (o/o’kay) are used in place of ‘him’ or ‘her’.
- These genderless pronouns are used by millions of Bengali-speaking people all across the world.
Bangla won Asia its first Nobel
- Everyone knows that Sir Rabindranath Tagore became the first Indian Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1913.
- But what many don’t know is that this win was also the first-ever Nobel Prize for Asia.
- After this, no Asian received a Nobel Prize in Literature for around 50 years (before Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata achieved the feat in 1968)!
Bangla has more than 100,000 unique words
- Bangla shares words with many languages from around the world.
- For instance, it shares multiple words with Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Sanskrit, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, French, and English.
- All this exchange, creation, and derivation has resulted in Bangla having more than a hundred thousand unique words
Bangla is taught across the Globe
- World-renowned universities such as the University of Texas, University of London, King’s College London, City College of New York, The University of Toronto, and even Ivy League Universities such as Harvard University, offer either a course or even an entire degree in the Bengali language.