Language and religion are two separate spheres one influencing the other but not controlling each other, said Padmashree Mohammed Ali Baig in a conference at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU).
Speaking as the Chief Guest at the valedictory session of two-day conference on Language, Literature and Society—Influences and Counter Influences, Mr. Baig noted that it would be disservice to a language if it gets strongly associated with a particular religion.
The noted theater personality said on February 18 that the one can win hearts by using polite language. His speech focused on simplification of language with the objective of achieving effective communication.
Quoting Rumi, Baig said that words are a pretext while it is the inner bond that draws people together; silence is the language of gods and all else is translation.
Baig specifically reflected on language beyond words as it is used in theatre. The significance of this variety of language include silence and body movement. Different fields and disciplines have their own conceptual language and rhetoric, for instance cinema has its own language and theatre its own. All these languages contribute to our understanding of language itself.
He pointed out that theatre has contributed by imparting knowledge and practice of a language that exists beyond words.
Dr Shugufta Shaheen, Head of the English Department, welcomed the guests and thanked the participants. The highlights of the conference were the papers that threw light on Maoist fiction to the pains of partition brought forth mainly by Sadat Hasan Manto.
“The participation of people like Mohammed Ali Baig has given a practical dimension to the conference,” she said.