Nagpur : Availability of huge auditoriums, increasing participation of local social organisation in various cultural programmes have changed Nagpur’s face and the city is now known as cultural city, said Uniion Minister for Road and Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari.
He was speaking after inaugurating the first Literary Fest organised jointly by Zeal Foundation, Uttishtha Pratishthan and Chitnavis Centre. Local classical singer Dr Prabha Atre and veteran thinker M G Vaidya were the special guests.
With the opening up of Kavivarya Suresh Bhatt auditorium a large number of cultural programmes are being organised in the city. Similarly, thousands of local artists got an opportunity to display their talent through Khasdar Krida Mahotsav, Gadkari said. Litterateurs through their contribution have taken Nagpur’s name to a new high, he added.
Dr Prabha Atre in her speech said that inclusion of sports, dance, music and other arts along with literature in the Literary Fest is commendable. Books of different art forms and other subjects should be displayed at the fest, she suggested.
Adopting value-based life style with preservation of religion and culture helps to grow the literary culture, said M G Vaidya.
President of Zeal Foundation Ajay Deshpande delivered the introductory speech. Author Dr S G Deshpande and Director of CIIMS Hospital Dr Lokendra Singh also spoke on the occasion.