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Prem Chand remembered in Nepal

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 13:43 IST

The 125th birth anniversary of noted Indian litterateur Munshi Premchand was marked in Kathmandu with a seminar on his works and screening of Sadgati, a film based on a short story by the renowned author.

A host of speakers from various walks of life shared their views on Premchand's idealistic life style and his valuable contributions to Hindi literature at the symposium held at the at the Nepal-India Friendship Library in Kathmandu on Friday.

Sadgati  (The Deliverance), directed by Satyajit Ray and based on Premchand's short story of the same name, was screened on the occasion.

The works of Premchand in the early 20th century still has relevance in the 21st century where social exploitation, discrimination and untouchability still exist, speakers at the seminar said.

The problems of Nepalese and Indian society are same and political revolution alone can not change the existing social structure, they said.

"Premchand actively participated in the Indian freedom movement which was aimed not only to free the country from the British yoke but also end social anomalies," said Gopal Wagley, Councillor Press and Information, Indian Embassy.