For Lamahi (on Varanasi-Azamgarh road), which is the native village of legendary writer Munshi Premchand, the 130th birth anniversary of the literary legend will be memorable.
The village will bask in the shimmer of colourful lights for three days to mark first of its kind Munshi Premchand Lamahi Mahotsava, starting July 29.
Making a headway in this regard, District Magistrate (Varanasi) Ravindra has initiated the concept of the three-day mega festival, whose events will not stay confined to Lamahi village alone, but will also be held at Nagari Natak Mandali auditorium and Sanskritik Sankul in Varanasi city.
Detailing about the event, Coordinator of the mega festival and Regional Cultural Officer, Dr LK Dwivedi told HT on Tuesday that a series of programmes will mark the Mahotsava, which concludes on July 31, the 130th birth anniversary of the legendary novelist, who matchlessly penned the pangs of impoverished lot in feudal society, bringing tears to eyes of readers.
During the three day festival, essay and short story writing contests will be organized on 'Munshi Premchand ka Katha Sahitya,' besides a state level Art/Painting exhibition too will mark the celebrations.
Varanasi District Administration will award winners of these contests attractive prizes.
Also a seminar on Munshi Prem Chand, drama on his novel and short stories, Kavi Sammellan and Mushaira too will form part of the three-day showpiece event, Dwivedi maintained.
Hitherto, the birth anniversary of the great writer was celebrated merely with small cultural programmes, dramas/theatre events at his ancestral house in Lamahi village.
ADM (Varanasi City) Atal Kumar Rai has been appointed the Nodal Officer for three-day event.
While, the Varanasi District Administration is making all efforts to make the 130th birth anniversary celebrations of Munshi Premchand, much needs to be done for actualizing govt resolve to construct a Munshi Premchand Research Centre at Lamahi village.
In 2005, then UP Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav had announced arranging 2.5 acre land for the purpose following a proposal in that regard by Rajya Sabha member Sarla Maheshwari.
Five years since then many projects might have seen light of the day, but the entire requisite land for constructing the Research Centre still remains to be acquired, as eight farmers are not ready to render their land on government conditions, making the entire project a non-starter.