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Four Day Literary Festival and Book Fair Start At Khalsa College

Punjab Tribune Bureau | February 11, 2020 05:34 PM

Amritsar: Much to the delight of book lovers and literary circles a four day literary festival and book fair today kicked off at historic Khalsa College here  Noted Punjabi poet  Dr. Surjit Patar inaugurated the event along with Khalsa College Governing Council Honourary Secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina and Principal Dr Mehal Singh.

 

The grand book exhibition panaroma of more than fifty publishers in the main grounds was marked by ribbon cutting ceremony. While addressing the packed house of thousands of audience, students and literary enthusiasts, Patar said that Khalsa College has carried forward its legacy of rich heritage by organizing this grand event of literature and books. He said that this institution is the leading academic institution and other institutions must follow the suit. 

 

Presiding the inaugural session Chhina said that Khalsa College has remained the central place of literary activities since its inception and every social movement and activity for the upliftment of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat has been endorsed and respected by the institution. ''Today, again, we invite the thinkers and scholars to come and engage on the contemporary issues of society and move forward the current discourse of contemplation'', said he.

 

Special guest Dr. Lakhwinder Singh Johal said books have remained the integral part of Punjabi culture. This festival is a great opportunity to indulge with the books and immerse into the world of literature. 

 

Welcoming the guests, Dr. Mehal Singh said that Punjab Art Council Chandigarh, Panjabi Academy, Delhi and Punjabi University, Patiala has always supported the efforts of organizing literary festivals and book fairs in Majha region of Punjab. He emphasized that since its establishment College has been committed for the development and promotion of Punjab language. This literary festival and book fair is one step forward towards our commitment.

 

In the next session, Dr. Surjit Patar, narrated his life and literary journey and recited his popular poetry. In the third session poets of Amritsar Simrat Gagan, Malwinder SIngh, Rozy Singh, Gurbaj Chhina, Mahabir Gill enthralled the audience with their poetry recitation. Bakhtawar Singh presided the poetry session while G.S. Naqashdeep Panjkoha was the chief guest. Poets Students and Young visitors enjoyed the sessions. 

 

 

Dr. Atam Randhawa, convener of the festival and head of the Post Graduate Department of Punjabi Studies told that Publication Beaure of Punjabi University, Patiala, Language Department Punjab, Ravi Sahit Parkashan, Amritsar, Chetna Parkashan, Ludhiana, Sangam Publication, Samana, Calibre Publication, Patiala, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana, Gracious Books, Patiala, Calibre Publications, Patiala, Yesika Publications, Delhi, Education AId, Delhi, Tarak Bharti Parkashan, Barnala, Punjabi Islamic Publications, Malerkotla along with 55 Publications is participating in the book fair. Their arrangement of boarding and lodging has been arranged by Khalsa College. Book fair will remained open till 14th February from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 

 

He further told that on 12th February a seminar on the contemporary challenges to Punjabi language, literature and culture will be held. Ajaib Singh Chatha, Dr. Yograj Singh, Dr. Raminder Kaur, Manmohan, Dr. Mehal Singh, Dr. Ravinder, Dr. Ravi, Dr. Kulveer and Dr. Nachhatar Singh will be addressing the various issues related to above topic during the seminar. A panel discussion on the topic Literary Journalism in the Era of Digital Media will be organized on 13th February. Editors of leading literary journals will be on the panel in this session. In the next session, Vismad, a play based on the life and philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, will be played by the theater department of college. Folk dance, Gidha and Bhangra would the important attraction of the day. On 14th February, renowned playwright Kewal Dhaliwal and National Award Winner film-maker Rajiv Kumar will discuss the role of theater and cinema in the Punjabi culture in a panel discussion on cinema and theater. Police Commissioner, Amritsar S. Sukhchain Singh Gill will be the chief guest of the session.

Registrar, Prof. Davinder Singh, Senior faculty member of Punjabi Department Dr. Parminder Singh, Dr. Bhupinder Singh, Dr. Kuldeep Singh Dhillon, Dr. Heera Singh, Dr. Minni Salwan, Dr. Harjit Kaur, Dr. Jasbir Singh, Dr. Gurinder Kaur, Dr. Pawan Kumar, Prof. Baljinder Singh, Prof. Gursharan Singh, Prof. Gurhsinder  Kaur, Prof. Amandeep Kaur, Dr. Rajbir Kaur, Dr. Chiranjeevan Kaur, Prof. Harvinder Kaur, Prof. Amritpal Kaur, Dr. Rajneesh Kaur, Dr. Parminderjit Kaur were also present on the ocassion.

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