Celebrating literature through writing

first_imgIn an attempt to encourage youngsters to indulge in writing and enhance their writing skills, Sahitya Akademi has organised its annual Festival of Letters in the national Capital. The third day of the festival comprised of a programme titled Yuva Sahiti, which is devoted to young writing across India. The festival, which began on Tuesday, saw Dr K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, welcoming the dignitaries and young writers from all over the country along with other participants. He talked about the importance of the role that the youth plays in all civilisations and observed that it is young people who are the drivers of change. Along with this, he also highlighted several programmes, schemes and projects that the Akademi has in place exclusively for the young writers/poets/translators across the country in addition to the Yuva Puraskar. Professor Sukrita Paul Kumar, eminent Indian English poet and critic, delivered the inaugural speech and elaborated the process of creative writing for the benefit of young writers. Dr Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, President, Sahitya Akademi, talked about the value of young writing and urged the youth of the country to take up writing seriously. Noted young poets and writers from all over the country participated in the programme. The day also witnessed the meeting of Award winners – Writers’ Meet. All the Award winners shared their experiences, the process of creative writing, approaches to life in general, the place of writing in the society and future of literature etc. Samvatsar lecture by Dr Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, distinguished jurist and eminent Gandhi scholar, was the concluding event of the day. Dr Dharmadhikari talked at length about the fast vanishing value systems in our societies, the troubled lives of modern, industrialised world and core values of the individuals. Dr Dharmadhikari also pointed out that instead of us using technology, it is technology that is driving us and bringing home many a new illness.last_img