THE EIGHT-DAY cultural festival ‘Kriti Yug’ began at Bharat Bhavan on Thursday. The programme, jointly organised by Bharat Bhavan and the Madhya Pradesh Sahitya Akademi, has been divided into morning and evening sessions.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the chief guest on the occasion. Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma presided over the inaugural function. Principal Secretary, Culture, Abha Asthana; Commissioner, Culture, Pankaj Raag; and Sahitya Akademi Director Dr Devendra Deepak were also present.
‘Kriti Yug’ is being organised to celebrate 50 years of the establishment of Madhya Pradesh and 25 years of Bharat Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it was really unfortunate that Hindi had been ignored as a language. “We have become entrapped in a new kind of mental slavery and it is essential to rid ourselves from it”, he said.
He said the State Government would make all endeavours towards the development of Hindi. Earlier, Sharma said that Kriti Yug was an amalgamation of literary discussions and cultural programmes. He assured that more such programmes would be organised shortly.
The inaugural function started with Shashwati Mandal Pal’s mellifluous songs ‘Varde Veena Vadini’ and ‘Ghat Ghat Mein Pakshi Bolta’. Aashish Upadhyaya accompanied her on tabla and Mahesh Malik played the violin.