By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister for Cultural Affairs & Tourism, inaugurated the 3-day 17th All-India Poetess Conference ( AIPC ) at Punjab Arts Council here today. The conference is being organized in collaboration with the Punjab Art Council.
Over 350 poetess from all parts of India and 14 foreign countries, attired in their traditional dresses, took part in the conference.
The prominent poetess who are taking part are ; Dr Stream Lete from Shillong, Pooja Gupta from Nepal, Guridner Gill from Malaysia , Veena Budki from Kashmir and Dr Supriya P and Dr C. Radhamani both from Kerela, Sunita Murti from Karnataka , Rana Meer from Dubai and Surjeet Kalki from Canada.
While welcoming Navjot Singh Sidhu, Simrat Sumera, conference convener said that we at AIPC feel honoured and privileged to have full support of him. It was under his patronage that we have succeeded to conduct such a large scale conference.
Speaking during occasion, Navjot Singh Sidhu said that women occupy a prominent place in the society and they are the axis of purity, goodness and gentleness around which the well-being and progress of any society revolves.
He said that such occasions symbolize the women power and clearly signifies the trend that sees them taking their deserving and rightful place in the society around the globe.
Calling the present occasion a special one in the annals of Punjab, the minister said that it is heartening to see famous poetesses from all around the country lending grace to this prestigious event. He also said that such events act as a unifying force with people from diverse backgrounds gathering at a common place and getting to know about the culture, traditions, art, literature, customs and history of the other states thus strengthening the ideology of unity in diversity.
Divulging about the steps being taken to give a fillip to the art, literary and cultural activities, Navjot Singh Sidhu announced the approval of Rs. 2.01 crore grant to the Punjab Kala Parishad and Rs. 33 lakh to the each of the 3 academies, Punjab Sahit Academy, Punjab Lalit Kala Academy and Sangeet Natak Academy, functioning under the Punjab Kala Parishad.
Padmashree, Surjit Patrar , Cha irman of PAC said that lingual harmony is the need of the hour as it is a perfect way to achieve synchronization among the vastly different cultures existing in the country. He also reiterated that the Punjab Kala Parishad would leave no stone unturned to ignite the fire of renewed awareness about Punjab's culture and historical heritage at the grassroots level.
Dr. Lari Azad, founder-AIPC said that apart from Punjabi, poetess of languages such as Kannada, Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Urdu, Hindi, Kashmari are taking part in it. The conference is a great platform for the people of India to share literature, culture and culture of Punjab.”
On first day of conference today, sessions on Multilingual Kavya Dhara , Parvasi Punjabi Kavita and South Indian Kavya Dhara were held.
During occasion, around 2-dozne books of poetess including AIPC own souvenir, Journal of Humanities and Social Science (JHSS) and International magazine ‘Kaljayee’ November editions were released by Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The other released books are; Dr Anju Singh’s authored ‘Rashtrapati Saashan’, Dr Sandeep’s authored ‘Gandhi ji aur Hindi patarkaarita’ and Dr Shakti Bodh’s authored ‘Karamveer were also released. The there books are published by AIPC itself.
Jyoti Narayan from Telegana English poetry book ‘Shabd Jyoti’ was also released besides Krishan Bhanot from Canada Punjabi book ‘Gazal Di Bantar’ and Surinder Singh Seerat from US Punjabi book ‘Aroope Harf’.