Bihar: Book festival started with remembering Dinkar, this information given about the benefits of reading..

Patna. The six-day ‘Book Festival’ organized by Rajkamal Prakashan Group started at Shri Krishna Science Center located at Gandhi Maidan. This ‘Book Festival’, which will run from 23rd to 28th September, was inaugurated by senior litterateur Chandrakishore Jaiswal. On this occasion, Tayyab Hussain, Ramdhari Singh Diwakar, Alok Dhanwa, Shivanand Tiwari and Shivmurthy were present as special guests. After the inauguration, a silent tribute was paid to the death of critic Kedarnath Singh, son of Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. In the inaugural session, children of ‘Kilkari’ organization sang Amir Khusro’s verse ‘Ae Ri Sakhi More Piya Ghar Aaye’. Children remembered National Pride Dinkar ji on his birth anniversary by reciting the poems ‘Kalam Aaj Unki Jai Bol’ and ‘Kalam Ya Talwar’.

Discussion on the topic ‘Future Reader Generation’

After the inaugural session, there was a discussion on the topic ‘The future generation of readers’. During this, Satyanand Nirupam, Editorial Director of Rajkamal Prakashan Group, said, “We have seen the world changing in the last few years at a pace that has never happened before. In this era of social media, many writers have to connect with their readers. Got a new lease of life.” He further said, “Ours is a listening society. A reading society has not yet emerged. If Tulsi, Kabir, Surdas, Khusro had not been sung by our generations, perhaps they would not have reached us.” Shivamurthy said in his statement, “To prepare future readers, we have to find new readers.

For this, it is also necessary to change oneself with time. We have to bring new topics and new concerns in literature, only then the new generation of readers will join us.” Hrishikesh Sulabh said that for a long time such stories and novels were written in Hindi which readers were not able to read more than ten pages. This type of writing has diverted readers away from books. He further said, “Social media has given me a large readership. This has created a new world of readers. Today’s youth wants to read, the future readers are ready, they are just waiting for you. It is the responsibility of both the writer and the reader to reach them.”

‘It is very important to read literature to develop sensitivity’

Taking the discussion forward, Chandrakishore Jaiswal said that in today’s time, reading literature is a compulsion of our society. Anyone you see today talks about war and madness. Nobody wants peace. This is because people do not have sensitivity. Reading literature is very important to develop sensitivity. If we want good behavior from our children, then we have to motivate them to read literature. Otherwise the world will become worse than what it is today. It is the responsibility of today’s writers to write keeping in mind the readers living in villages. This will be in everyone’s interest. This will prepare future readers. The next speaker, Shivanand Tiwari, said, “Books take you to a world that you have not been introduced to yet. Because of being in politics, I had a different kind of background. But due to my interest in literature and reading continuously, Books have changed me a lot since my stay here. Many books have changed my perspective on Dalits and women.” Ramdhari Singh Diwakar said that we have to create such an environment in our homes that our children read Hindi books.

Shivamurthy’s novel launched

In the next session, Shivmurthy’s novel ‘Agam Bahai Dariyav’ was launched. In this novel, there is such a tragic epic spanning almost four decades from the Emergency to the post-liberalisation period, in which the farmer’s life comes to the fore in its entirety. This novel also throws light on the painful life of the farmers and their situation in front of the bureaucracy and the judicial system. The author has also made full use of village culture and folk songs in this novel. After the launch, Shivmurthy recited an interesting excerpt from the novel to the audience. Hrishikesh Sulabh made a comment on this novel. Sulabh said that Shivmurti brings reality into fiction in such an intimate manner that it feels like our own. He tells the story of the village people in such a way that even the readers living in the city start accepting it as their own sorrow. He has always been finding and bringing new truths of life to the readers.

In the fourth and final session of the program, there was a discussion with Satyanand Nirupam on the Lucknow stories of storyteller Himanshu Vajpayee. During this, Himanshu recited poems of many famous poets. Meanwhile, Satyanand Nirupam asked the question that first you were a journalist, then you became a researcher, then you became a writer and now you are doing storytelling, so what did you want to be? Responding to this, Himanshu said, “Life takes you through many streets, shows you many colors. I was not interested in whatever I did earlier, that’s why I kept changing. I have been doing storytelling for the last ten years, so I feel good about it. Life It’s like that. Whenever you feel like doing something, you should do it.” After this, he discussed his favorite poems and books and also told stories and jokes to the audience.

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