Publish Date : 02/12/2019


Itanagar 29th Nov: – The three day long Arunachal Literature Festival organized by Department of IPR in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society concluded amid fanfare today with a promise to make a people’€™s movement in the days to come. The main objective of organizing the Litfest is not only to create awareness on the importance of the literature and its impact on the society but also to encourage the youth to take up creative writing seriously and make a careers out of it. It aims to build bridges through literature by inviting prominent authors from the country and abroad to connect the nascent stage of literature with mainstream literature to give opportunity to youth of the state to interact with their favorite poets and authors as a platform to hone skills and intellect of young writers and poets of the state.
Attending the concluding ceremony as the Chief Guest, Shri P.D. Sona, Speaker AP Legislative Assembly said that it is important to inculcate reading habit among the young mind and outreach programme focusing more on literary activities to connect the young people is a dire necessity. He expressed his deep sense of gratitude to writers from India and abroad to come here to inspire the young minds of this state and he wished to see it move with a bigger and steadier manner to produce writers and poets here too. He disclosed that Assembly is opening up E-Library where access will be given to students without fees and also a Museum to showcase rich artifacts and tradition of the state. He also gave away prizes for Open Air Painting competition for school children and online Essay competition for school and college students to mark the festival.
Speaking to the young people, The Guest of Honor and noted author Shri jerry Pinto said that every brain is a computer and it important to take charge of it and reading and listening alone can give productive result without depending on fate or society. Plant seed in your brain, nurture it for ten years and see it bloom as garden, he said. The Special Guest Shri Dhruba Hazarika who has been associated with the festival expressed his belongingness to this beautiful and hope that people walk in dignity band tall in the field of literature in the years to come. Jamuna Bini Tadar and IPR Director Shri Obang Tayeng also spoke on the objective behind the festival. Earlier, the Writers and authors were also felicitated on behalf of State Chief Minister in the State Guest House
Speaking on the topic ”Is fiction a shadow of Reality”€ and ” Literature and Media”, noted novelist Jerry Pinto said that writer is a farmer and labor that sees crop grows and language of the heart has to be written and few panelists said fiction is as extension of the imaginative world from writer’s perspective. Books have to be translated but most of the translations rob away the beauty of the original texts. He had detail conversation with Higio Zarngam on his award winning books like EM and the Big Hoom, The White Crows etc, he said titling the book is an accident and fiction is all about tension and release of tension and a book can be a good ambassador. He also donated some books for Bamboosa Library Tezu.
In the discussion on ”€œOral Literature Traditions in India”€ chaired by Vasant Nirgune noted that Arunachal has so many languages and dialects and even to the extent of not reading read each other’€™s language and dialect. He was all praise for the works of Jamuna Bini Tadar in Hindi. Chairing the session on ”€œShort Story Reading” Rakesh Bihari said that books on different languages have to be assimilated to give access to valuable readings and exchange ideas. to allGroup Captain and former jet fighter pilot Mohonto Panging said that fighter can also be a writer and many interesting readings on varius issues are relflected in his column of ”€œFlight of Fantasy”€. Chairing the topic on ”€œWriting in one’s Mother Tongue”€ Leila Chudori and Kamal Kumar Tanti on ”€œpoetry Reading”€ had live discussions that have relevance in our context. The prize winning poems by the budding poets of the state were presented on the occasion.
All the authors from India and abroad shared their wonderful moments and expressed their gratitude to Shri Himanshu Gupta Secretary IPR and Shri Y.D. Thongchi, President APLS and their teams for organizing such an wonderful event