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Three-day-long Bhopal Literature Festival begins with mesmerising Dhrupad recital at Bharat Bhavan

Saturday - January 12, 2019 11:44 pm , Category : BHOPAL

Literature lovers enjoyed during three parallel sessions with the specialists speaking from their books

Bhopal, Jan 12, 2019 (WTN): The Bhopal Literature and Art Festival organised by Society for Culture and Environment was commenced on Saturday at Bharat Bhavan. The festival began with mesmerising classical Dhrupad singing performance by the famous Gundecha Brothers who sang their classical compositions such as Toote  Sakal Banga and more along with Saraswati Vandana.
 
After this, the Gundecha brothers were felicitated by Niharika Singh, member, Bhopal Literature and Art Festival and Felicitation of all the dignitaries on stage with a rose. All the dignitaries included Dr Vijay Lakshmi Sadho, Cultural Minister of MP, Pawan Verma, Amitabh Kant from NITI Aayog,  John Bowles, Art Collector from USA, Anthony Desa, Raghav Chandra, Director of BLF, Meera Das, co-director of BLF, Renu Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Alphons Kannanthanam, member of Rajya Sabha cum author of book, India 2017. After this, there was a speech given by Raghav Chandra followed by a short but interesting speech given by John Bowles who told his connection with Gond art and Bhajju Shyam, followed by the launch of the book named Wild Madhya Pradesh by environmentalist cum wildlife expert cum editor, Bittu Sahgal. After the launch, he gave a short perspective on his book and the idea behind it.

The festival headed forward by announcing the winner of Sushila Devi Award organised by Ratan LaL Foundation who was Namita Gokhale for her book, Things To Leave Behind (The story of Kumaon). She was also given a reward of Rs 2 Lakhs. There were multiple entries by the publishers but only five women writers were shortlisted by the foundation. She was awarded by the Chief Guest of the event, Alphons Kannanthanam and Vijayalakshmi Sadho followed by a speech by Sadho about Bhopal and people’s responsibility. After this, the speech was delivered by the chief guest that was all about tourism and exploring India to the fullest. His speech lasted for about 15 minutes followed by presenting mementos of Gond tribal painting to all the dignitaries with a thanksgiving address by Meera Das. The numbers of audience were quite in numbers that reflected the literary mind of the city people.
After this, the inauguration of art exhibition by Bhajju Shyam and Meera Das was done along with John Bowles who acted as the advisor for the exhibition.
 
“India need innovative urbanisation- Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Ayog”
 
"India made itself very complex place to do a business.  Over a year we never manufacture product for global market. If we want growth and jobs for young generation we have to focus on manufacturing products for global market, said Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Ayog. He was addressing the gathering at Antarang auditorium during forst session 'The path Ahead: Transformative Ideas for India, a panel discussion.' Comptroller and Auditor General of India Rajiv Mehrishi, Economist Ila Patnaik were also part of this discussion as panelist. Professor of Economics Santosh Mehrotra was moderating the discussion. Amitabh Kant said that India need to focus on Digitisation of manufacturing process to achieve its goals. We need to achieve speedy growth in urbanisation with innovative ways.

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