The Raipur Sahitya Mahotsav will be held from December 12-14 .
The three-day Raipur Sahitya Mahotsav is set to be India’s first ever literature festival dedicated to Lok Sahitya and Hindi Literature. It will be held from December 12-14 at the Muktangan cultural centre in Naya Raipur.
“I have heard so much about Jaipur and other literature festivals but all of them happen in English. We wanted to do something to celebrate the rich culture of our national language,” says Rajat Kumar, Additional Secretary to the CMO. “There’s a huge dip in interest in the field of literature in Hindi and we want to change that.”
The festival will be a platform for writers from the state to interact with the contemporaries in the field, from across the country. Some of the key sessions at the three-day event include — Women in Hindi literature, a discussion on noted playwright Habib Tanveer, Democracy and Hindi literature, Literature and Cinema, Journalism’s new era, the Indianness of Indian languages, The new face of poetry, etc.
There’s also a book fair that they’re hoping will attract a lot of school children. “In this part, they aren’t too many book fairs. We have invited some 17 Hindi publishers and 7-8 English publishers to come display their books,” he adds.