Neetu Chandra wants Maithili to be part of Bihar school curriculum
"I believe that once a language dies, the whole society dies - be it the food, culture, music and clothes. Everything becomes extinct with the language," Neetu Chandra said
Maithili language might get included in the curriculum of Bihar schools, and actor Neetu Chandra welcomes the move.
The actor, who produced the National Award-winning Maithili film Mithila Makhaan, says that the inclusion of the language is a "life-changing event."
"I believe that once a language dies, the whole society dies - be it the food, culture, music and clothes. Everything becomes extinct with the language. Therefore, I plead and urge that they should surely include Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and the other regional languages of Bihar in the school curriculum. It's very important. And to start with Maithili would be a great step ahead. If we include this, it will just not be a state changing affair but also society and life changing event. It will open up a lot more scope for the people of Bihar," she says.
Neetu urges people to support the cause. Talking about the efforts she has made in getting more acceptance for the local languages, she says, "I have been very proud of my brother Nitin Chandra who's been fighting for the languages of Bihar for the past 10 years. Our YouTube channel titled as Bejod.in has been working on the different languages of Bihar by making short-films, music videos, documentaries etc."
She adds, "Champaran Talkies is a production house, founded by brother Nitin Chandra and me, we are the first ones to get a National award for Bihar in the language of Maithili. There are five languages of Bihar - Bhojpuri, Maithili, Magahi, Angika, and Vajjika. Maithili is considered one of the most important languages."