The festival will bring together leading writers and personalities from across the country, including keynotes, panel discussions, workshops on creative writing, prize money quizzes, multilingual poetry sessions and book launches.
The topics discussed at the literary festival are varied and informative. Some of these topics include exploration of tradition through literature, regional Indian literature and translation, contemporary nature literature, Assam through the lens of cinema, etc.
Writers from around the state and the country will discuss these as panelists. In addition to the panel discussions, there will also be intimate discussions with renowned poets and writers like Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi.
Table of Contents
- Guests at Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival
- Awards and Workshop at Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival
- Main Focused Subject in Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival
- Root of Pragjyotishpur
- Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival– Locations and how to become a participant
Guests at Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival
National Book Trust Chairman, and eminent literary critic Milind Sudhakar Marath will be the chief guest at the inaugural session and Padma Shri awardee, writer Lil Bahadur Chetri will be the guest of honour.
One of the main attractions of the inaugural event will be nationally renowned outspoken journalist Rubika Liyaquat.
Award-winning writers and critics like Subhas Chandra Satpathy from Orissa and Dr Bhushan Bhave from Goa will address various sessions on relevant topics and discussions. There will also be moderators and speakers from the literary, media and film industry of Assam.
Awards and Workshop at Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival
The Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival also includes a prize money quiz on the history and culture of India for students from class XI to graduation level for awards and workshops.
Renowned author and speaker Atan Bhattacharya will also conduct a workshop on creative writing for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Many books of different genres will also be released.
Another very interesting program will be the multilingual poetry session where poets from different languages of Assam will recite their poems to impress the audience.
Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival has also announced two awards for two prominent writers. Awards will be given in two categories. The first is for senior writers above forty years of age. And the second for emerging writers under the age of forty.
Main Focused Subject in Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival
The theme of this year’s Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival is the search for roots. This means increasing the connection of the new generation to our strong roots, the heritage of India’s ancient literature, culture and traditions.
So that the young generation understands the importance of our great heritage. The objective of the literary festival is to create such an environment through discussion and exchange of ideas.
Where India’s great tradition of diversity and unity is respected. We strongly believe that diversity is not difference. Rather, it is an expression of the spiritual and philosophical unity that is the basis of all of us.
Our diversity is like the different colors of the rainbow. All are part of one whole, which is the true essence of India. The objective of this festival is to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Assam. To encourage the youth of the country to rediscover and redefine the legends of Pragjyotishpur.
Root of Pragjyotishpur
The Pragjyotishpur kingdom included Jalpaiguri, Koch Bihar, Bhutan Hills (including parts of Nepal), Rangpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Dhaka (now under Bangladesh), Tripura, Khasi and Garo Hills.
Pragjyotishpur (meaning the eastern part of Jyotishpur) is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as well as in Kalika Purana, Yogini Tantra and Charyapada. Pragjyotishpur was a center of education, astrology and intellectual practice.
Madhava Kandali translated the Ramayana in the 14th century, which shows his intellectual ability. The field was advanced in general science, Ayurveda and traditional health care, astrology, crafts and performing and visual arts. The inhabitants of this region are the heirs of the ancient Indian culture.
Pragjyotishpur Literary Festival will enable the new generation to appreciate the ancient cultural
Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival will enable the younger generation to learn and appreciate the importance of the ancient cultural diversity of the region.
Through a series of discussions, intimate conversations, exchange of new ideas, literary readings, recitals and competitions, this unique festival hopes to inspire young writers and readers to connect with the roots of their civilization through literature.
Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival– Locations and how to become a participant
Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival will be organized at Bholanath College, Dhubri, Hanumanbux Surajmal Kanai College, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji Girls College, Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur College and others in Assam. Students and faculty will actively participate in activities like recitation, lectures and book reading.
Participation in all session activities is free for the interested public. Free online registration for quizzes and workshops is open.
Details of Pragjyotishpur Literary Festival are also available on social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival Organizing Committee
The festival is organized by the Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival Organizing Committee and prominent environmentalist and nature writer Soumyadeep Dutta is the executive chairman of the committee.
The advisors are Dhiren Sharma, Professor Smriti Krishna Sinha, Manju Bora, Dr. Jagdindra Roy Chowdhury, Sushil Kurmi, Niranjan Kalita, Parmesh Dutta, Dr. Jayant Sharma, Bhabani Prasad Adhikari, Anuradha Sharma Pujari and Rukma Gohain.
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