Sahitya Akademi organizes two literary programmes

Prof Lalit Mangotra, Convener of Dogri Language Advisory Board in Sahitya Akademi, addressing the gathering during a literary function at KL Sehgal Hall, Jammu.
Prof Lalit Mangotra, Convener of Dogri Language Advisory Board in Sahitya Akademi, addressing the gathering during a literary function at KL Sehgal Hall, Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 26: A symposium on ‘Echoes of folk literature in Dogri Literarure’ and ‘Kavi-Sandhi’ with noted Dogri poet Vijay Verma, were the two programmes held today at KL Sehgal Hall.
The symposium, first of its kind, was inaugurated by veteran writer and scholar, Padma Shri Prof Ved Ghai, who while speaking on the occasion stressed upon the importance of folklore and said that while folk literature in itself is a treasure house of knowledge and wisdom of a community, it forms a backdrop of the literature. She cited many examples from Dogri to emphasize her point and also expressed a need to further work for exploration of folk literature.
Darshan Darshi, who presented the key note address, in a scholarly paper, traced the evolution of Dogri literature from the rich Dogri folk tales and folk songs. He said that folk literature reflects the mindset and ethos of a community in addition to giving important information about the unwritten history of the relevant times.
Prof Lalit Mangotra, Convener of Dogri Language Advisory Board in Sahitya Akademi, in his introductory remarks, said that folk literature, to which everybody is exposed in his childhood and formative years, influences the psyche and morality of all individuals.
Earlier, while welcoming the audience, Dr Devender Devesh, the officer on special duty from Sahitya Akademi, highlighted the importance of this symposium and said that the papers presented in the symposium and views expressed by the scholars will be published in the form of a book by the Akademi.
In the paper reading session, which was chaired by eminent Dogri writer Prof Veena Gupta, three papers were presented on ‘Echoes of folk literature in Dogri drama, poetry and short story by Abhishek Bharati, Dr.Bansi Lal and Sheetal Sharm,a respectively.
The symposium was followed by ‘Kavi-Sandhi, a part of the prestigious series of Akademi’s programmes in which well-known Dogri poet Vijay Verma recited his poetry and interacted with the audience.

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