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International Mother Language Day 2024 Virtual Meet

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CIS-A2K and the Indic Oral Culture Team are organizing an online meeting to commemorate International Mother Language Day 2024. The meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2024, at 6:00 PM (IST) and will run for one hour. The aim of the meeting is to foster a productive dialogue on language diversity in India, culture, and the Wikimedia community, encouraging increased interaction among community members and highlighting their enthusiasm for their respective languages.


The objective of the meeting is to facilitate meaningful discussions on language and community dynamics, fostering greater interaction among community members and showcasing their passion for linguistic diversity.


  • Date: February 21, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (IST)


  • User:Bharathesha


  • Introduction to the call
  • Language and Oral Culture Project
  • Tulu Language, Culture and Documentary
  • Language and Community
  • Closing

Call Details[edit]

International Mother Language Day - IOCP Wednesday, February 21 · 6:00 – 7:00pm Time zone: Asia/Kolkata Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/vdg-mqnx-kqg



On International Mother Language Day, a group convened to discuss the significance of preserving and promoting linguistic diversity. A Tulu language Wikimedian, Bharatesha shared insights into his efforts to safeguard the Tulu language through a documentary. During the session, Speaker shed light on the challenges encountered during the documentary-making process, such as limited connectivity and infrastructure in remote areas, emphasizing the need to overcome these obstacles to ensure project completion. Along with this, he shared their experiences managing logistics, resources, and public engagement during documentary shoots, stressing the importance of meticulous planning, scripting, and camera work. Additionally, the speaker underscored the difficulties in obtaining permissions, managing budgets, and connecting with communities to ensure wider documentary dissemination.

Key Themes Discussed
  • Preserving and promoting mother languages.
  • Importance of language preservation and cultural heritage.
  • Documentary initiatives focusing on endangered languages and cultures.
  • Preparations and challenges faced during documentary filmmaking in remote areas.
  • Solutions and strategies for overcoming documentary filmmaking challenges, including logistics, resource management, and community engagement.

In the second half of the call, all the participants shared their language community updates what they or their communities are already done, still doing or planning to do something for their languages.

The event provided valuable insights into the complexities and importance of preserving linguistic diversity and cultural heritage through documentary filmmaking. Participants gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and solutions involved in documenting endangered languages and cultures, highlighting the critical role of collaboration, meticulous planning, and community involvement in ensuring successful documentary projects.