Bollywood lyricist poet Gulzar, author Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Debjit Bandopadhyay, Sanjay Mukhopadhyay and Prabal Kumar Basu participated in the second day of the two day national seminar on Indian literature which was recently held in Kolkata. The national seminar on Indian literature supported by the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and Notun Alo, a non-profit organization saw the presence of eminent personalities from the field of literature attend the seminar.
Barnali Roy, Secretary of Notun Alo said “We generally concentrate on English literature but we forget about the treasure that we have. This is simply an initiative to create awareness about our vernacular literature amongst the youth”.
Paramita Bandopadhyay, a singer of much repute performed the welcome song for the seminar. The singer regaled the audience with her rendition of “Tumi kamon kore gaan koro” and “More aro aro dao pran”. Her performance was followed by a recital by ace elocutionist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee. “I am speechless as I got the chance to perform before Gulzar ji” said Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee. He recited poems written by Gulzar and also that of other poets like Kalidas.
Speaking on the occasion, Bollywood lyricist poet Gulzar said “I am happy to attend this seminar. This is a nice initiative taken by Notun Alo. It is seen that many vernacular novels gain popularity after they have been adapted on screen. Reading is not a passion among the youth in recent times. They are more interested in playing computer games. With a seminar of this caliber, the effort of popularizing Indian literature will surely achieve success”.
The day two of the seminar ended with a spirited dance drama performance titled Gahi samyer Gaan by Alokananda Roy. She was accompanied by the inmates from the correctional homes.
With such an initiative taken by Notun Alo, we do hope that this will lead to the popularization of the vernacular literature.