Poetry festival to be celebrated on October 2

Sahitya Akademi is going to organise an all-India poetry festival on October 2, 2021.

Key Points

  • Poetry Festival will be organised at Jain College auditorium to mark Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti.
  • Event will also feature a Sahitya Akademi book exhibition.

Sahitya Akademi

It is National Academy of Letters in India. This organisation is dedicated towards promotion of literature in different languages. It was founded on March 12, 1954. Its headquarter is located in Rabindra Bhavan, Mandi House in Delhi. The organisation held national & regional workshops & seminars and provides research & travel grants to the authors. It also publishes books & journals as well as the Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature.

Sahitya Akademi Library

It is one of the largest multi-lingual libraries of India. It has rich collection of books on literature and allied subjects.

Books by Sahitya Academy

Sahitya academy publishes two bimonthly literary journals namely, Samkaleen Bharatiya Sahitya in Hindi and Indian Literature in English.

Background

Idea of establishing a National Academy of Letters in India was considered by the colonial British government. Proposal from the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal to constitute a ‘National Cultural Trust’ was accepted in 1944. Original plan was to conceive three institutions, or academies for visual arts, performing arts, and letters. Independent Government of India carried this proposal and constituted a National Academy of Letters called the ‘Sahitya Akademi’ on December 15, 1952.

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