Unmesh: Himachal Pradesh International literary festival

A three-day international literary festival called “Unmesh” was held at Gaiety Theatre in Shimla. It was officially started, on June 16, 2022; by Union Minister of State for Culture, Arjun Ram Mehjawal.

About Unmesh Festival

  • Unmesh Festival is bringing together around 425 writers, poets, critics, translators, and notable figures from 15 countries, representing more than 60 languages.
  • During the festival, more than 1,000 books relevant to the civil rights movement have been put on display.
  • Unmesh is a celebration of expression. This festival is India’s largest international literary festival till date.

Geetanjali Shree’s speech

Geetanjali Shree is the Booker Prize-winning author. During the festival, she spoke about women’s writing in Indian languages.

Who is organising the festival?

The Unmesh Festival is being organised by Union Ministry of Culture and Sahitya Akademi, in association with the Department of Art and Culture of Himachal Pradesh government. It is being organised as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Gaiety Theatre or Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

Gaiety Theatre is a significant tourist hot spot in Shimla. It is located on The Ridge. The theatre is the hub of cultural events in state. It also very popular among Bollywood because several music videos and movies are often filmed here. It was opened on May 30, 1887. The historic cultural centre was designed by English architect Henry Irwin. This theatre is nicknamed as Mecca of Theatre.

The Ridge Road

It is a large open space and the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated on Mall Road, a famous shopping centre of the state.

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