-Top News Diaspora India News

First of its kind International Women’s Mithila Summit organised

Eminent personalities and Padma Shree awardees Mrs. Dulari Devi, Mrs. Usha Kiran Khan and Mrs. Godavari Dutta have addressed the attendees, reports Asian Lite News

International Maithil Diaspora has recently organised the International Women’s Mithila Summit in hybrid format, partly virtually and partly in Frankfurt, Germany. The summit was heavily star-studded with a number of dignitaries attending and speaking at its three sessions on Economic Development & Entrepreneurship; Culture, History & Language; and Social Change & Development. The entire session was moderated by Mala Jha (India).

Honourable Minister Annapurna Devi at IWMS 2021

The event started with a symphonic clarinet performance by Samaika Jha from Buckinghamshire, UK, followed by the opening remarks by Pallavi Jha (Executive Member- German Maithil Diaspora). H.E. Consulate General of India at Frankfurt, Germany Dr Amit Telang rendered the inaugural address, followed by an impressive message by the Chief Guest Annapurna Devi Yadav, honourable Minister of State for Education, Government of India. She has highlighted that Indian cultural heritage and history would not be complete without the mention of Mithila Women like Sita Mata and Ubhaya Bharti (Adi Shankaracharya’s wife) etc..

Eminent personalities and Padma Shree awardees Mrs. Dulari Devi, Mrs. Usha Kiran Khan and Mrs. Godavari Dutta have addressed the attendees followed by insights by Dr. Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Founder- Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, UK and Vote of Thanks by Dr. Savita Jha Khan Founder- Madhubani Literature Festival, India.

Padma Shri Dulari Devi at IWMS 2021

The first session was moderated by Natasha Jha Bhaskar (General Manager of Newland Global Group, Australia). Radhika Jha IAS, Secretary – Department of Industries and School Education and Secretary – Energy & Renewable Energy, Neha Singh- Social Entrepreneur, Usha Rani – CMD- MPME India, Anupam Mishra, (Mushroom Girl), Lily Jha, Entrepreneur (Founder at Organic Sattva) have spoken during this session. Dr. Cuckoo Choudhary, (USA) spoke on Economic enhancement of Mithila with primary emphasis on health, medicine and pharmaceutical industries.

The second session was moderated by Dr. Leena Jha, Professor (IIT Mumbai). Rupam Jha (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management), Shweta Jha- Associate Executive Producer and Anchor of Aaj Tak, Nupur Nishith, Founder- Creative Mithila LLC, New Jersey, Roshni Jha, MD / Founder- Madhur Maithili, Chandana Dutt, Presidential award winner for best teacher in 2020 have spoken during this session. Dr. Shefalika Verma, Sahitya Akademi Awardee (Lit.) spoke on the significance of Maithil Literature and its global presence.

Padma Shri Godavari Dutta at IWMS 2021

The third session was moderated by Dr. Nidhi Jha, Gynaecologist and Infertility specialist. Aruna Mishra, Boxing Champion, Mamta Jha Mishra, USA: ‘Autism: Not a limitation!’, Dr Vandana Karn, President- Mithila Cultural Society, Dr. Narayani Aditi Paswan, Social activist, Women and social change and Shabana Dawood (Bhagalpur India) have spoken during this session. Prema Mishra, Founder and MD UCatapult Foundation spoke on Transforming rural India via women empowerment & digital education.

The Dialogue Session was moderated by Nandini Mishra, President- Mahila Prabodhini Foundation. Priyanka Jha, Creative Director and Founder Priyanka Jha, Akanksha, M Phil in Comparative Indian Literature, Jyoti Jha, IIT Hyderabad (Computer Science – Machine Learning Engineer and Scientist), Archana Jha, Margdarshak -Doorvakshat Mission Mithilakshar Abhiyan, Sunita Karn, Member- Karan Goshti Mahila Group, Ginni Jha, Varishth Prashikshak- Doorvakshat Mission Mithilakshar Abhiyan, Amita Jha, Working President- Mrinalika Sapno Ki Udan, Rita Singh, President- Renaissance Education Society have all spoken..

Padma Shri Usha Kiran Khan at IWMS 2021

Cultural performances included dances by Keetika Jha and Manya Jha (India) and Maithil Dance Group (Germany), Songs by Diya Jha and Jiya Jha (India), Ishaanbhi Mishra (USA). Mrs. Mamata Mandal, Founder- Global Hindi Foundation, Singapore gave the vote of thanks.
Councillor Sharad Kumar Jha (Buckinghamshire, Chalfont St Peter, UK), Dr. Rajesh Mishra (Bremen, Germany), Dr. Prakash Jha (Kansas City, USA), Chandra Prakash Jha (Hagen, Germany), Mrs. Mala Jha (Mumbai, India), Pankaj Gupta (Toronto, Canada) and Anjani Choudhary (Singapore) had played a key role in organising the event.

Culture India News

First-ever International Mithila Summit organised

The deliberations included Mithila’s glorious past, dynamic present and glowing future, during which dignitaries from the fields of art, academics, economy, politics, finance, and technology have highlighted various challenges and potential solutions, a report by Asian Lite

The first-ever International Mithila Summit was organised recently by International Maithil Diaspora, for which Maithils from diverse sectors across the globe have joined hands to create a positive ecosystem for the sustainable development of the region. The deliberations included Mithila’s glorious past, dynamic present and glowing future, during which dignitaries from the fields of art, academics, economy, politics, finance, and technology have highlighted various challenges and potential solutions.

International Mithila Summit 2021

Luminaries at the summit included Sanjay Kumar Jha- honorable WRD and IPRD Minister, Govt of Bihar, India, Dr. Sanjay Mahavir Ram Paswan- former HRD Minister, Govt of India, Padma Bhushan Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, Shri Kapileshwar  Singh- grandson of the Maharaja of Darbhanga Shri Kameshwar Singh and Consul General of India (Hamburg, Germany) H.E.  Gulshan Dhingra.

At the outset, flute recital by Malaika Jha and Vidyapati song by Pallavi Jha, Anamika Jha, and Meenu Mishra from Germany were presented, followed  by welcome remarks by Dr. Rajesh Kumar Mishra- President, Shaktya Foundation, Germany, and inaugural address by CGI H.E.  Gulshan Dhingra. Chief Guest Shri Sanjay Kumar Jha highlighted several initiatives taken by the government for developing Mithila region such as Darbhanga airport, University for Mithila Painting and Museum for ancient heritage. He has also welcomed investors and investments into Mithila. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak spoke on his social entrepreneurial initiative of Sulabh and emphasised on it as the need of the hour. Dr. Sanjay Paswan underscored the scholastic achievement of Mithila and Shri Kapileshwar Singh highlighted the glorious past of industrial feat  of Darbhanga Maharaj and how we could possibly revive it.

Dr Rajesh Mishra at International Mithila Summit

The summit had three main sessions on Economic Development, Culture and History, and Social Change and Development, moderated by social entrepreneur Chandra Prakash Jha (Germany), Cllr Sharad Kumar Jha (UK) and Dr. Himanshu Jha (Heidelberg University, Germany) respectively.

Speakers of the first session included Manish Anand (Founder Mithila Makhana), Rajesh Jha (CEO, Adani Group), Vibhuti  Jha (Investment Banker, New York), Dr. Ajay Jha (Director, IGATT-USA), Arvind Jha (Founder, Mithila Angel Network), and Maneesh Choudhary (MD, Kantar Group Ltd., Beijing), who have all emphasised on the economic development of Mithila and its dynamics.

CGI Gulshan Dhingra at International Mithila Summit

Speakers of the second session included Dr. Ajeet Kumar (Faculty, Delhi University), Dr. Savita Jha Khan (Faculty, Delhi University), Mithila Vibhuti Pt. Ajay Nath Shastri (Mithilaskshar Sakhsharata Abhiyan), Brajesh Kumar Singh (Editor- News 18) and Md. Mukhtar Alam (Curator, Online Maithil Classes) who have all emphasised on the importance of culture, language, and history of Mithila.

Speakers of the third session included Aditya Jha (Social entrepreneur, Canada), Usha Jha (President, Bihar Mahila Udyog  Sangh), Anuj Choudhary (Head- HR, Aarti Group, Nigeria), Sachin  Kumar (Founder, Sattuz), Mamta Mandal (Social activist, Singapore), and CA Ashish Niraj (National General Secretary, Karn Kayasth Mahasabha), who have all emphasised on the role of community, people and society in branding and developing Mithila.

Hon-ble Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha at International Mithila Summit

Classical dance by Dr. Ragasudha Vinjamuri (Founder- Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, UK) and Sankhnaad presentation by Dr. Bipin Mishra, India have delightfully captivated the global audiences. Upcoming events such as International Mithila Women’s Summit, International Mithila Youth Summit, and felicitation of 75 Maithil personalities marking 75th year of Indian Independence were also announced.

Technical support was rendered by Anjani Chaudhary, an IT professional based in Singapore and Dr. Pankaj Gupta, a Scientist based in Canada. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Prakash Kumar Jha, Agricultural Scientist.