Bangla - a story of a Language by Arijit Gupta
The International Mother Language Day is celeberated to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. This project explores the Bengali language. A movement for the conservation of Bengali language a mother tongue in erstwhile Bangladesh led to the foundation of International Mother Language Day. Myself being a Bengali, we celebrate this every year commemorating the sacrifices the students made and the battle they fought to protect the rights and conserve the usage of their mother tongue. Language defines us, and it carries our culture through geography and time!
The whole work resembles a white paper with texts written with ink and blood on it. Blood is a significant symbology in Bengali culture which signifies the struggle and sacrifices our people made for their freedom and to gift that freedom to the generations to come. The red circle in the top part of the work resembles the Red circle in Bangladesh's flag, which also symbolises the Sun. In this work this can be though of as the rising Sun or the vermillion on the forehead of a mother ( a symbol of motherhood in Bengali culture).
The work only uses shades of 3 colors. Near the bottom part you can also see footsteps going downwards (outwards) where I write about how Bengali is doing globally. In bengal, women and especially little girls and married women used to wear a red dye under their feet as an ornament. This symbol being used here signifies how our mother language is stepping out in the world and spreading the beauty it carries.
At the very end you can notice a sort of monument, which is the 'Shaheed Minar' which is a monument in Dhaka, Bangaldesh built as a tribute to the Language Movement.