Ahirani is an Indo-Aryan language originally spoken in the Khandesh region of Maharashtra, India. Despite its long history and rich literature, it has not been included in the Language Schedule of the Indian Constitution and has not received any government patronage.
Recently, people from all strata within and outside India, most of them Ahirani speakers and Khandeshi culture practitioners, joined a world Ahirani conference: the Vishwa Ahirani Sammelan.
The conference, held online from 26 to 28 December 2020, was aimed at providing Ahirani visibility, through an extraordinary deployment of politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, religious leaders, professionals, and artists from all over the world.
The thinker, cultural activist, and institution-building, Ganesh Devy, Chair of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, winner of the 2011 Linguapax Award, and currently honorary member of the Linguapax Advisory Board, together with Vikas Patil, teacher, social worker and linguist activist, sent us a summary of the event.
You can read it here.
The conference recordings are available online here.