Bhopal : There is a worldwide demand of books on Indian Culture, Art and History. Madhya Pradesh should take a lead in this area because the state has a wide form of diversity in art and culture. The diversity in culture and art is widely visible in the Chambal, Nimar, Mahakaushal and Vindhya region. This was said by the Minister for Urban Development and Housing Shri Jaivardhan Singh at the concluding programme of the Heartland Stories, Bhopal Literature and Art Festival at Bharat Bhavan. Shri Singh awarded the writers of various stories written in the category of environment, science and relationships. He also released several books on the occasion.
Minister Shri Singh said that he is confident that this festival will be held every year in a grand form. He said that tribal and religious stories of the state will also get a better place in the next festival. Shri Singh said that the state is known for many personalities like Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Rahat Indori and Harishankar Parsai.
Shri Singh told students to “Be studious’, they will certainly get success. He said that there should be an institution in the state where students working in this field could get better guidance. Deliberating on books of various writers, Shri Singh wholeheartedly appreciated their works.
On this occasion, Shri Singh launched books like ‘Bhopalnama’ of Shri Vartul Singh, ‘When I Met Myself’ of Shri Shreyans Dixit, ‘Pre Independence India’ of Dr. Reema Ahuja, ‘Murder at Moonlight Café and other Stories’ of Ku. Isha Vashyam Das, ‘3 S and Our Health’ of Shri Raghuraj Rajendram and ‘Post Millennial Tales’ of 12 years old twins Bhavya and Navya Singh.
Minister Shri Singh awarded the winners of the story writing competition. The story writing competition was held on subjects like environment, science and relations. He presented awards to Kunwar Inderjit Singh, Richa Shrivastava, Anita Chouksey, Sumit, Kuldeep Sharma, Ramkishore Tripathi, Sara Syed, Jhanak Singh, Pranjal Rai, Amit Gupta, Poorva Choksey, Lokesh Guliyani, Smt. Santosh Bakaya, Prashant Chatterjee, Ashish Sahay Shrivastava, Aisha Sikander, Amrita Motwani, Kriti Kesri, Zariba Khatun, Adina Syed, Salika Shrivastava, Somesh Bhagwani, Pragya Chaudhary, Yogesh Sharma and Akshay Sharma. He also felicitated the members of the jury Smt. Seema Raizada and Mangala Gauri.
In the programme, the Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussorie Shri Sanjeev Chopra said that city is not known by forts and lakes only but is also known by the literature of that place and people’s behaviour. Shri Gaurav Chandra briefed about the festival. Referring to the Most Modern Library built in Raipur Smart City, the Senior Journalist Shri Abhilash Khandekar said that this kind of library should also be built in Bhopal and Indore. Literature and art lovers in large number were present on the occasion.