7th Asiad Literature Festival (Revisits Gandhian Ideology)
New Delhi, March 17, 2018: Today the national capital witnessed a stupendous evening with the great event of 7th Asiad Literature Festival at India International Centre New Delhi which was an ode to Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings of Interfaith & Peace. Other noble objectives of this festival were to celebrate the Centenary year of Champaran and Sabarmati and to promote Indian literature and Literati. The fest started with lamp lighting by the Convener Sri Ravindra Bhandari along with Politician Pinky Anand, Music Director Anand Raj Anand and Padmashree Shovana Narayan and Dr Amarendra Khatua and was followed by the crowning ceremony of Brand Ambassador of the Fest Miss Teen Universe 2017, Shristi Kaur.
The fest had Pinky Anand (Additional Solicitor General of India) as Chief Guest of 1st session, Politician MP Udit Raj as Chief Guest in the 2nd session. Many eminent names from the Journalism and bureaucracy world attended the event along with some extremely talented entrepreneurs of the city from various sections and sectors.
The highlights of the fest included the award ceremony to appreciate the works of some great minds from the Literature world and from the entrepreneurship community and the exhibition on works of Gandhi by Kanwal Singh Chaudhary. There were several panel discussions on various topics like Belief in Interfaith, Poetry & Literature, Is India a friendly country, World’s view on India, I am Khadi (Local to Global) and Women in Power with eminent panelists.
Briefing the audience and the dignitaries about the event, the convener Ravindra Bhandari said, “At a time when hate and atrocities are peaking up in the nation, this fest is an initiative to remind all of the Gandhian views and make it relevant in the present times to ensure a sound and fruitful future for all. The event also aims at highlighting the good of the Indian Literature and encourages the good done by some of the very talented and hard-working entrepreneurs, especially the women.”
The event featured its highest 7th Literary Excellence awards 2018 to Pramod Pradhan, Ashok Kesang Wangdi, Ikrant Sharma, Anand Raj Anand, Prof. Dr. Rakesh Mohan Joshi, Dr Kamal Taori, P K Mishra, Satya Narayana Sahu, Dr. Suman Khanna Aggarwal, Kaushal Kishore, Tej Pratap Narayan, Leena Sarma, Dr Satbir Bedi, Vishwajeet Parashar, Vaishali Mathur, Pallavi Kodan Chaudhary and Ruchi Khanna.
Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 were conferred to Prof. Dr Babli Praveen, Guneet Sethi, Vineeta Yadav, Sumaira Khan, Archana Gupta, Veena Gupta, Vandana Lakhanpal, Priya Jain, Ruby Arun, Dr. Sanjana Jon, Parul Kumar, Anca Verma, Prof. Dr Kirti Sharma, Ranjana Maheshwari, Neetu Bedi, Anjali Dhawan, Rucchii Kanwar, Dr Meenaa Mahaajjan, Savita Sharma, Ritika Jatin Ahuja, Geeta Singh, Taru Saini, Shipra Harpreet Ghai, Manya Pathak and Diksha Anand. Young Author Excellence Award went to Lachi Prajapati from Jaipur.