Former MP Shatrughan Sinha (center) flanked by RGI chairman Sunil Raisoni (left) and music director Ismail Darbar opened the Orange City Literature Festival on Friday.
Nagpur: Literature serves as a reflection of society, said actor and former Lok Sabha member Shatrughan Sinha. He was speaking Friday at the opening ceremony of the third edition of the Orange City Literature Festival (OCLF), a project of the SGR Knowledge Foundation, at the Chitnavis Center, Civil Lines.
Sinha graced the ceremony as the main guest with Music Director Ismail Darbar who was the guest of honor. Author Radhakrishnan Pillai, President of Raisoni Group and OCLF Sunil Raisoni and executive members of the organizing committee Rajan Welukar and Varsha Manohar were present. The guests launched Pillai’s 20th book titled âThe Art of Winning – The Chanakya Wayâ. Shweta Shelgaonkar led the program.
Addressing the gathering of avid readers and literary enthusiasts, Sinha said, âWe have a wide variety of books including fiction, classics, literature, etc. who are the mirror of society. What we read a long time ago leaves an indelible mark on our minds. It is commendable that even in this age of fake news and âgodi mediaâ people can discover literature that touches their hearts and shapes their minds. ”
Hypnotized by Sinha from an early age, Darbar revealed just how inspired he was by the actor. He said: âMovies have been my studies since childhood. I set myself the goal of becoming a music director and achieving a certain level of fame after watching Sinha in movies. After winning a national award for my first film ‘Hum dil de chuke sanam’, I realized that I was one step closer.
He added: âI have decided to pursue a career in filmmaking but I encourage my children to focus on studying and reading so that they can stand in front of society and speak. The only powerful factor in life that doesn’t dishonor you is your education.
In his welcoming remarks, Welukar said: âOver the past 5,000 years it has been observed that literature is a means by which communities and the world evolve. No other entity has such power. Thus, the OCLF was established three years ago to echo such an environment. The growing participation each year is a testament to the success of this festival.
Delivering the presidential address, Raisoni said, âFrom the first to the third edition of the OCLF, we have seen many transformations. We initiated the concept but the value it creates is due to each person associated with the festival. It brings immense happiness and satisfaction when your initiative is recognized. The OCLF is a property that our team is trying to prepare for the city and it is open to everyone. Everything revolves around the books and us.
Pillai delved more deeply into âChanakya Nitiâ in an interview conducted by Ashutosh Paturkar after the inauguration. An insightful panel discussion on âAll that matters is the country’s internal securityâ with Pawan Sinha and Pushpendra Kulashreshta took place.
Supported by the SGR Knowledge Foundation, OCLF is a three-day affair where literature, art and creativity take center stage. The event will be rich in literary sessions, workshops, interactive events and contests for people of all ages. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival sessions will also be held virtually.
(Report by Manshika Vaikkath)