Welcome, we – Bangla Proshar Committee – plan to make this site a veritable source of information and enjoyment for Bengali speaking people of the world, especially who are living in Australia.
Our emphasis will always be on the next generation as the Bangla Proshar Committee’s raison d’etre is to ensure that Bengali is available as a language to learn so that they have options to explore the vast amount of splendid literary, musical and cinematic contents that already exists in Bangla.
Seven things you ought to know about Bangla:
- Bangla (or Bengali) is the official language of Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.
- About 220 million people in Bangladesh and India speak Bangla as their mother tongue and are known as Bengalis which makes Bangla the fifth most widely spoken language in the world
- The world marks 21st February each year as the International Mother Language Day as a recognition of Bengali people’s strife to retain Bangla as the official language of the-then East Pakistan that culminated into a bloody confrontation on 21st February, 1952.
- Bangla has its roots in Sanskrit, a now-extinct language that is the precursor of all Indic languages.
- There are 12 vowels and 40 consonants in Bangla.
- Rabindranath Tagore, the great Bengali poet, was awarded Nobel prize in literature as far back as in 1913, becoming the first recipient of the prize outside Europe and North America.
Satyajit Ray, the award winning filmmaker, made all his movies in Bangla.