Two-day Kumaon literature festival kicks off in Srinagar : The Tribune India
Srinagar, October 20
A two-day Kumaon Literature Festival jointly organized by Kyaari India and Indian Cinema Heritage Foundation kicked off at KICC on Wednesday.
The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, was the chief guest of the festival.
“Few people in Kashmir over the past decades have not let development and thought flourish. The Prime Minister‘s historic milestones at J&K in 2019 put an end to that roadblock. Today, art, literature, cinema and music have found new life in the Kashmir Valley,” Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said at the inauguration of the literary festival.
“We have been trying for a cultural revival in Jammu and Kashmir for two years. Immediately after the takeover, we tried to bring public libraries up to date outside of a concept of books on wheels and digitization. We regularly organize opinion conclaves and cultural events for young people. Although many have criticized this new beginning, but I tell them that these activities will bring new energy, which will pave the way for art and literature in the Valley,” he added.
Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council was the guest of honour. Debroy, in his inaugural speech, insisted on the revival of ancient texts from Kashmir, known for the oldest university Sharada. He referred to the great scientific work of Abhinavgupta, Kalhan and texts such as Rajatarangini, Nilmatpurana and Vedas.
Indian authors, film and media personalities are expected to speak at the literature festival, which includes actress Divya Dutta, film producer Rahul Mittra, filmmaker Rahul Rawail, best-selling author Ashwin Sanghi, senior journalist Aditya Raj Kaul and author Kiran Manral.
“We are delighted to materialize a long-awaited world-class literary trip to Kashmir. Kashmir of ancient times is known for its rich scholarly texts. The scenic natural surroundings make it the perfect destination for writers who want to brainstorm thought-provoking ideas ranging from cinema, history, culture, politics to the emergence of Naya Kashmir,” Arhan Bagati said on the sidelines. of the festival.