Launches “Kumaon Literary Festival” in UT
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday inaugurated the Kumaon Literary Festival at the Kashmir International Convention Center here.
The LG said the festival brings together the country’s famous authors, poets and thinkers to celebrate art, culture and literature and provides people with the opportunity to explore new ideas and perspectives.
J&K is home to a rich literary tradition, dating back millennia, and our quest for knowledge continues, Sinha observed.
According to an official press release, he said that “under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dedicated efforts have been made for the past two years to revive and promote culture, art, literature, cinema and culture. music by J&K”.
He said the nation was witnessing an economic, cultural and scientific renaissance under the leadership of the Prime Minister. “Our culture and our ancient literary values are rich and diverse and have always guided us on the path of peace, coexistence and brotherhood,” the LG added.
Calling the culture a way of life and a mirror that reflects people’s aspirations and socio-economic transformation, LG said efforts are being made to involve local artists and residents as actors in the maintenance and promotion of art, heritage sites, etc.
Recalling the contribution of famous writers and thinkers from Jammu and Kashmir, the LG said that “the cultural ethos of our great nation has been deeply connected with the UT of Jammu and Kashmir since time immemorial. storytelling to classical Indian music, Jammu and Kashmir is the land of various creative mediums.”
There are a number of revered writers from Jammu and Kashmir, who have enriched the cultural history of India. “I believe the past was prosperous, and I’m sure the new generation of writers will take it to greater heights,” LG added.
He also talked about efforts to promote local languages including Kashmir, Pahari, Gojri, Dogri and Punjabi.
“UT Government is committed to providing the right platform to harness the potential of talented young writers in Jammu and Kashmir,” the LG said.
Referring to the film policy of Jammu and Kashmir launched last year, the LG observed that the policy has facilitated the filming of films in the scenic spots of UT and the golden age of Bollywood of 70s and 80s is back.
“The administration has opened cinema halls in Shopian, Pulwama, Srinagar and efforts are underway to open cinema halls in every district. A record 1.60 crore tourists had come to Jammu & Kashmir till September this year which in itself is a testament to a vibrant Jammu & Kashmir,” Sinha added.
Dr. Bibek Debroy, author and chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, spoke about Kashmir’s literary, cultural and historical heritage. He also shed light on Kashmir and the Sharda Peeth connection.
Veteran filmmaker Rahul Rawail has expressed his joy at witnessing the glorious days of filmmaking in Kashmir.
Asha Batra, co-founder of Kumaon Literary Festival, said that we are delighted to organize the Kashmir edition of Kumaon Literary Festival. She also expressed her gratitude to the UT government for supporting the festival.
Arhan Bagati, founder of Yumberzal Institute of Applied Research of Kashmir (KYARI), in his welcome speech, outlined the aims and vision behind the festival.
PK Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, DC Srinagar; in addition to eminent personalities from the literary and cinematic worlds, litterateurs, thinkers, writers, artists from all over the country and from UT were present.