Press Esc to close
Tuesday 28 June 2016
News updated at 1:43 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.5°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Litfest in Taj city kicks off with lecture in Sanskrit

Agra, Feb 2, 2013, IANS

As the three-day literary festival began in the Taj city for the first time, writers, filmmakers, poets and critics were surprised that the event opened with a lecture in Sanskrit, instead of English, as anticipated.

Manjulata Sharma, who heads the department of Sanskrit at St John’s College here spoke in chaste, musical Sanskrit about Ghalib kavyam (the poetry of Ghalib), quoted shlokas and compared the essence with many of the popular shairs.

Applause

The packed open-air theatre at the Delhi Public School at Shastripuram applauded and cheered poet and filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, photographer Raghu Rai, and several other guests gathered here late on Friday evening. Ashok Chkardhar recited humorous verse, getting the audience roaring.

“We are surprised at the reaction and passionate involvement of the locals,” said Meera Shankar, diplomat and former ambassador to the US, who hails from the city.

“This festival is truly national with a local flavour, unlike Jaipur which is too elitist. We are particularly happy to note that the focus is on literature, poetry and romance, without stirring controversy,” said political commentator and former teacher at Heidelberg University, Germany, Paras Nath Choudhary.

The organising committee chairman Harvijay Singh Bahia said Ruskin Bond was not well and could not make it, but they had a video message from him.

Shivani Chaturvedi, spokesperson of the festival, said, “We have students, thousands of them, from all corners of the country here. This is what we had planned, to sensitise today’s urban youth to the rich heritage of arts, culture, literature of Braj Mandal.”

Singer Bhoomika enchanted the audience with a recital of 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
People carry an effigy representing inflation devil on a camel-cart during a demonstration...

People carry an effigy representing inflation devil on a camel-cart during a demonstration...

A car wades through a water logged lane at Jayadev Bihar after heavy monsoon rains in Bhubaneswar...

A car wades through a water logged lane at Jayadev Bihar after heavy monsoon rains in Bhubaneswar...

A sadhu at a base camp for Amarnath Yatra ahead of their registration in Jammu...

A sadhu at a base camp for Amarnath Yatra ahead of their registration in Jammu...

The titular head of Wodeyar dynasty Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari...

The titular head of Wodeyar dynasty Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari...

A white tiger takes bath in a pond during a hot summer day at its enclosure in Kolkata Zoo...

A white tiger takes bath in a pond during a hot summer day at its enclosure in Kolkata Zoo...

An artiste gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja...

An artiste gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja...

Collapsed tents at BJP Awadh Kshetriya Booth Sammelan following the storm, in Barabanki...

Collapsed tents at BJP Awadh Kshetriya Booth Sammelan following the storm, in Barabanki...

Women Kabaddi players who will take part in the Women's Kabaddi Challenge, at a press conference...

Women Kabaddi players who will take part in the Women's Kabaddi Challenge, at a press conference...

People enjoy the rainy weather on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai...

People enjoy the rainy weather on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai...

The underconstruction Bogibeel Bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district....

The underconstruction Bogibeel Bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district....

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523