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Second edition of Arunachal Literature Festival concludes

The second edition of Arunachal Literature Festival in Itanagar concluded on Friday with a promise to gain ground on literary movement in the state.

The three-day Literature Festival was organised by Department of Information and Public Relations in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Literature Society (APLS) at Dorjee Khandu Convention Center in Itanagar. The main objective was to create awareness on the importance of literature and its impact on the society and also to encourage the youth to take up creative writing seriously and make a career out of it.

Attending the concluding ceremony, Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker PD Sona said that it is important to inculcate reading habit among the young minds and outreach programme focusing more on literary activities to connect the young people is a dire necessity.

Expressing his gratitude to writers from India and abroad for inspiring the young minds of the state, the speaker wished to see it move with a bigger and steadier manner to produce writers and poets here too.

Speaking to the young people, noted author Jerry Pinto, said that every brain is a computer and it is important to take charge of it and reading and listening alone can give productive result without depending on fate or society.

Earlier, on the topic “Is fiction a shadow of Reality” and “Literature and Media”, Pinto said that writer is a farmer and labour that sees crop grows and language of the heart has to be written. A few panellists said fiction is as extension of the imaginative world from writer’s perspective.

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 “Oral Literature Traditions in India” , 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 “Short Story Reading” Rakesh Bihari said that books on different languages have to be assimilated to give access to valuable readings and exchange ideas.

Chairing the topic on “Writing in one’s Mother Tongue” Leila Chudori and Kamal Kumar Tanti on “poetry 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.

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