Literature fest to get a place in Bihar Diwas: CM

PATNA: Patna Literature Festival (PLF) may get an institutionalized form and a place in the BiharDiwas celebrations from next year. CM Nitish Kumar, at the inaugural session of PLF, on Saturday appreciated the efforts put in by Navras School of Performing Arts (NSPA) and state art, culture and youth affair department in organizing it. Besides assuring monetary support to the fest, he also came up with the proposal of its inclusion in the state’s annual budget.

Addressing the inaugural session, Kumar said PLF would get full support from the state without any interference in its contents. “The fest will get adequate support from the state but the affair should be entirely non-governmental, so that its sheen does not fade,” he said and added that the organizers should identify a spacious place for the fest so that it could be organized every year as a part of Bihar Diwas celebration from March 22 to 24.

“Such an event is a good platform to show to the world the talent that Bihar possesses,” said the CM and added besides English language, special emphasis should be given on regional, Hindi and Urdu languages. Appreciating his cultural adviser Pavan K Verma’s role, the CM said Verma had conceived this idea (of literature festival) and had approached him, but translating the idea into reality so early was no less a feat.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who, too, was present on the occasion, said such an initiative in Bihar is appreciable at a time when IT is dominating books and literature. State art, culture and youth affairs minister Sukhda Pandey said Bihar is the land of legendary litterateurs like Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’ and Dinkar and PLF is an effort to revive that dying tradition of literature and culture.

Gulzar appreciates fest

Noted poet Gulzar, in one of the sessions on the first day of the Patna Literature Festival (PLF) said, “PLF is a very good platform for the litterateurs of various languages like Hindi and Urdu and dialects to meet and exchange ideas.”

In fact, in reply to deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s lament about the declining trend of reading among people, he said that in Bihar love for books and reading never faded. “I had visited one of the book fairs held earlier in Patna and seen a huge crowd in the ground. In fact, I feel I never saw such a big crowd of book lovers in any other state or city,” he said.

Source: Times of India

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