We must embrace change in our literature, Arjun Ram Meghwal tells Sahityotsav
Sahityotsav, Sahitya Akademi Festival of Letters, India’s most inclusive literature festival kicked off today in New Delhi. The Festival of Letters 2022 is celebrated to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
The Festival kicked off today, with the inauguration of the Akademi exhibition by Sri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Culture. The exhibition showcases Akademi’s achievements and key events held in the previous year.
On this occasion, Sri Arjun Ram Meghwal said that literature has been the mirror of our culture since we started to think and write, or since human civilization evolved. The Union Minister also said, “Language is a means of expression and today in the exhibition we will all see books written in different languages. Our body, mind, intellect and soul are of great importance and as the times change with new technologies in hand, Sahitya Akademi should also change according to the needs of the hour.” “We have to accept the change of our literature,” the minister added. Shri Meghwal emphasized that the 21st century should be India’s and we believe that the 21st century will be ours.
26 young writers representing 24 Indian languages recognized by the Akademi participated in “The Rise of Young India” event held at Rabindra Bhavan Lawns from 10.30 am today. Prominent Assamese writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi inaugurated the Meet. Later in the day, well-known publishers and authors representing different Indian languages participated in the “Roundtable on Indian Language Publishing”.
Additionally, “Tribal Writers’ Meet” will be held from 10 a.m. on March 11, 2022 at Rabindra Bhavan Lawns with the performance of 24 tribal languages. Sri Akhone Asgar Ali Basharat, eminent balti poet will inaugurate the Meet.
The prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards will be presented to the 24 winners at 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2022 and the award ceremony will take place at the Kamani Auditorium of Copernicus Marg. Dr. Bhalchandra Nemade, an eminent Marathi poet and critic, will be the guest of honor at the awards ceremony. Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President of Sahitya Akademi, will present the awards.
All 24 award winners will gather for the “Writers’ Meetup” at Rabindra Bhavan’s lawns from 10am on March 12, 2022 to share the creative process they went through while writing their award-winning titles. On the same day, a symposium on “The Evolution of Plays in India since 1947” will be inaugurated by Sri Bhanu Bharti, Eminent Theater Personality & Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar, Chairman, Sahitya Akademi will chair at 2:30 p.m.
The 3-day (13 – 15 March) National Seminar on “The Impact of Literature on the Indian Independence Movement” will start at the Akademi Auditorium on 13 March 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, eminent Hindi writer and Fellow, Sahitya Akademi, will inaugurate & Dr. Harish Trivedi, eminent researcher, will deliver the keynote address. 42 eminent scholars from across the country will attend and present papers on various aspects of the impact of literature on the Indian independence movement.
On the same day, a symposium on “Fantasy & Science Fiction in Indian Languages since 1947” will be opened by eminent writer Sri Devendra Mewari at 2:30 p.m. in India, on JagadguruRamanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya at 6:00 p.m., in the lawns of Rabindra Bhavan.
A panel discussion on “Media and Literature” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 14, 2022. Sri Venudhar Reddy, Managing Director, All India Radio will inaugurate, Sri Vishwas Patil, eminent Marathi writer, will chair and Sri Rajendra Rao, Literary Editor at Dainik Jagran will be the guest of honor. On the same day, the President, Sahitya Akademi, will preside and Dr. Vinod Joshi, an eminent Gujarati poet will be the guest of honor at the “Transgender Poets Meet” which will start at 2:30 p.m.
“Purvottari: North East and North Writers Gathering” which will start at 11am on March 15, 2022. Prominent Hindi Poet Dr. Arun Kamal will inaugurate and Prominent Assamese Writer Dr. Dhruba Jyoti Borah will be the guest of honor . On the same day, Ms. Mamang Dai, eminent English writer, will inaugurate and Ms. Anita Agnihotri, eminent Bengali poet and writer will deliver the keynote address of the symposium on “Literature and Women’s Empowerment” to be held at 2:30 p.m.
The Akademi book exhibition will be held every day of the Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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