Amritsar, March 2
Book lovers have reason to rejoice as the highly anticipated nine-day Literacy Festival and Book Fair kicks off at Khalsa College from March 5.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit will inaugurate the festival which will see an exhibition of thousands of books, cultural programs, flower displays, workshops and literary activities including seminars and discussions.
The governor will also address students at the college’s 116th convocation during which hundreds of students will receive diplomas, said Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Honorary Secretary of the Khalsa College Board of Trustees (KCGC).
He said they are looking forward to more than 100 publishers from all over the country to exhibit their books in various fields and in different languages.
The fair is organized in association with the National Book Trust (NBT), a national body of the Union Department of Education.
Principal Mehal Singh said that illustrious personality Dr. Surjit Patar, Chairman, Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh, Prof. Govind Prasad Sharma, Chairman, NBT, Government of India, Yuvraj Malik, Director, NBT will visit as special guests.
Yograj, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh; Lakhwinder Johal, Secretary General; Kewal Dhaliwal, President of Punjab Sangeet Natak Academy will also be the special guest.
Atam Singh Randhawa, head of the Punjabi department, said that the 16th edition of the literary research magazine “Sanwaad” and the book “Punjab-Search of a Better Future” will be published during the inaugural ceremony.
There will be cultural programs in which students from the cultural department of the college will perform jhoomar, folk poetry, suhaag and ghodian.
A “Sukhan De Suraj” poetry function will also take place.
Famous poets including Sarabjit Sohal, Gurbhajan Gill, Vijay Vivek, Swaranjit Savi, Jaswant Jaffar, Darshan Buttar, Gurtej Koharwala, Harmeet Vidyarthi, Satish Gulati, Gurpreet Mansa, Swami Antar Nirav, Jagwinder Jodha, Sushil Dosanjh, Jagdeep Sidhu, Wahid and Tanveer perform the recitals.