Arunachal Literature Festival ends on a high note


NAMSAI, November 5: The fourth edition of the Arunachal Literature Festival ended on Saturday with various literary workshops here in Namsai district.

The 3-day festival sessions included a discussion of the ‘Chronicles of Arunachal’, poetry recitation, short story reading, poetry and novel writing workshop, rainbow conclave, Padmashree YD Thongchi and Jamuna Bini book discussions and book release.

A workshop on novel writing was led by Sahitya Akademi laureate and Assamese novelist Jayant Madhav Bora. He said that a strong mindset, hard work, observation of society, a positive attitude and a strong message are necessary to become a good novelist and short story writer.

Administering the creative writing workshop, renowned Tibetan refugee poet, writer and activist Tenzing Tsundue gave an orientation on automatic writing skills and read his poem “When it Rains in Dharmshala”.

Mamang Dai’s “Longing for Ink”, “The House in the Hills” by Ponung Ering Angu and “Father on Earth” by Robin Ngangdam were also read.

Ravi Singh, a prominent editor and co-founder of ‘Speaking Tiger’, chaired the session on reading stories with Dr. Gumlat Maio, Bunty Tao, Snehalata Negi and Gumkang Sumyang. Bunty Tao presented audiovisuals on the importance of widespread social distancing in various tribes in Arunachal Pradesh.

The President of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), Padmashree YD Thongchi, under whose leadership the festival was organized, expressed his joy and satisfaction at the great success of the festival. He thanked the local people for their hospitality and the district administration for their support which made the festival a great success.

Director of Information and Public Relations Onyok Pertin also thanked the district administration for logistical support, SPLA members including its Namsai district unit and schools and colleges in Namsai and Lohit for making the festival a success.

SPLA General Secretary Mukul Pathak also expressed his satisfaction for the participation of a large number of students and officers in the festival.

The closing day of the festival also paid a rich tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika on his 11th death anniversary.

Prominent authors, poets, novelists, scholars and intellectuals from all over the country and students from various schools and colleges in Namsai and Lohit districts, government employees and the general public attended all sessions of the festival. (DIPR)

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