Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jaswant Deed on Campus

14th July 2015

Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi today held another event in the city which drew a sizable audience, young and old. This time the focus was on Punjabi poetry and the audience comprised mainly those passionate about literature produced in the land of five rivers.
The invited poet today was Jaswant Deed, a former Sahitya Akademi Award winner. This celebrated author of several collections of poetry has recently relocated to Canada but his heart is very much here in the soil that has nurtured his creative talent. The poet spoke about his works and recited some of his poems. This was followed by insightful comments comments on his work by several well-known academicians and critics including Drs Minder, Surjeet, and Jagjit Singh.

Deed's main contribution to Punjabi poetry lies in the fact that he brought about a radical change in the idiom used in verse. Moreover, it is intellectual poetry that he writes; poetry that appeals to the thinking reader, engages the intellect and invites critical attention.
Following an interactive session on poetry, Jaswant Deed also screened his film "Jalpari", which focused on changing human relationships, particularly in a diasporic situation.
Today's event was coordinated by Prof Yog Raj of Panjab University who is also a member of the CSA. Along with students, present on the occasion were several senior writers and academics who participated in the discussion. Shri Gulzar Sandhu, ID Gaur, Malkit Singh, and others shared their views on Deed's poetry.
CSA office bearers present included Manju Jaidka (Chairperson), Anil Raina (Vice-Chairman), and Madhav Kaushik (Secretary).

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Book Launch of Late Shri Nama's Poetry Collection

 
 
3 June 2015

In the Haryana Raj Bhawan today the Governor, His Excellency Sh Kaptan Singh Solanki, formally released a collection of poems written by the Late Sh. H.S. Nama. The event was organized by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi (CSA). Present on the occasion were friends and family members of Late Shri Nama, functionaries and select guests of CSA and officials of the Raj Bhawan. 

The programme was compered by Madhav Kaushik, Secretary CSA. Prof Manju Jaidka, Chairperson, CSA, welcomed the guests and gave a brief outline of the work being done by the Akademi. Today's programme was made possible thanks to the painstaking efforts of General Kandall, friend and admirer of the late poet, and the poet Sultan Anjum who has edited the anthology Soz-o-saaz-e- Zindagi released today. While Kandal spoke of his personal memories associated with Nama, Sultan Anjum highlighted the key aspects of his poetry with a liberal sprinkling of his verses.

His Excellency, the Governor, in his presidential remarks graciously acknowledged the achievements of Shri Nama, saying that it was an honour. indeed, to be hosting a literary event of this level at the Raj Bhavan. He lauded the role of the CSA in promoting literature and language in the city. Literature, he said, plays a major role in shaping a civilization and must be encouraged at all costs. This is what makes us more humane and spiritually enlightened. It enriches our lives and makes the world a better place to live in.

CSA has earlier recognized the literary achievements of Shri Nama, in the year 2010 awarding him an Award of Recognition for his lifetime devotion to literature.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Round-Up 2015

Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi held its Annual Round-Up this evening at the UT Guest House. It was a well-attended event, a packed hall with hardly any standing space. The audience comprised the young and not so young literature enthusiasts, some  of them award-winners.

The main speaker of the day was Bachi Karkaria, well-known journalist from Mumbai, long associated with the Times Group. She was introduced at length by the Chairperson of CSA, Manju Jaidka who  outlined her illustrious career spanning several decades. Ms Karkaria delivered a very interesting talk on "Media: For Better or for Worse?" which was followed by a Q and A session in which eminent members of the audience  -- including Mr Paramjeet Sahai and Mrs Jasbir Kaur -- participated. Aradhika Sharma ably summed up the talk and gave the speaker a warm vote of thanks.

 Bachi Karkaria, who is known for her wit and humour, began her talk with a reference to "Arnab the great whom everyone loves to hate." Focused on her vast experience in journalism, she highlighted the advantages that we, in India, enjoy, living as we do in a democratic set up where the press is free and fearless. Referring to social media, she called it a double-edged sword which needs to be handled with care because it is a powerful tool which can be extremely destructive if used indiscriminately. The media, whether it is print or visual or virtual, must learn to analyze and inform with a sense of responsibility. Journalists can play a major role in shaping the destiny of a country.
Ms Karkaria's talk was followed by a round-up of CSA activities over the last 12 months. The year was presented in pictures through a powerpoint presentation. The audience was duly impressed by the range of activities held during the last 12 months.

CHANDIGARH SAHITYA AKADEMI has, over the last few years, tried to make an impact in the city. Regular Literary Programs – poetry symposia, meet-the-writer sessions, book launches, readings, seminars and invited lectures - have been held. The promotion of literature has been going on regularly. Awards have been instituted for senior as well as upcoming writers of the city. Stretching the scope of its activities across a broad section of society, from senior citizens to young school-going children, the Akademi reached out to diverse groups. Creative Writing Competitions and Quiz Contests are organized, Grants-in-Aid are awarded to unpublished manuscripts and awards are given for printed books. The chief languages of the region – Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu – are promoted. There is no doubt that CSA is now an acknowledged presence in Chandigarh. Its activities are posted regularly on Facebook and Blogger, keeping its members informed of its activities. The city has responded very enthusiastically to all the programmes of the CSA.


TODAY, at the event beginning 5.45 in the UT Guest House, the following were given awards by Bachi Karkaria:

For Books-in-Print, 2014:
1. "Sahi Rastey ki Talaash" -- Hindi poetry by Daljit Kaur
2. "Khul Gaye Kiwaad" -- Pbi poetry by Sevi Rayat
3. "Witness to a Wandering Mind" -- novel in English by Triloknath
4. "Open Skies" -- poetry in English by Sushma Sagar
5. " Ma Lo" -- novella in English by Suneeta Patnayak .

GRANTS-IN-AID Awards:

Hindi:
Santosh Dhiman (poetry)
Amarjit Amar (poetry)
Naveen Neer (poetry)
Urmil Kaushik Sakhi (short story)
Ajay Singh Rana Asar (novel)

Punjabi:
Gul Chauhan (children's literature)
Goverdhan Gabbi (novel)
Poonam Kapoor (play)

Summer Programme for Children:  CSA will hold a Summer workshop for children in collaboration with the State Library, Sector 17. Please look out for details on CSA Blog and Facebook.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Awards, 2014


TODAY, at the event beginning 5.45 in the UT Guest House, the following will be given awards:
For Books-in-Print, 2014:
1. "Sahi Rastey ki Talaash" -- Hindi poetry by Daljit Kaur
2. "Khul Gaye Kiwaad" -- Pbi poetry by Sevi Rayat
3. "Witness to a Wandering Mind" -- novel in English by Triloknath
4. "Open Skies" -- poetry in English by Sushma Sagar
5. " Ma Lo" -- novella in English by Suneeta Patnayak .

GRANTS-IN-AID:
Hindi:
Santosh Dhiman (poetry)
Amarjit Amar (poetry)
Naveen Neer (poetry)
Urmil Kaushik Sakhi (short story)
Ajay Singh Rana Asar (novel)
Punjabi:
Tej Pal Singh Chawla (poetry)
Gul Chauhan (children's literature)
Goverdhan Gabbi (novel)
Poonam Kapoor (play)
Urdu:
Chaman Ahuja (poetry)

Annual Round-Up 2015

Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi invites you to its
ANNUAL ROUND-UP 2015
Presided over by
Shri Vijay Dev, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator
on 9 May 2015
at 5.45 PM 
at UT Guest House
Sector 6
Chandigarh

Highlights of the session:
Invited talk on "Media: For Better or for Worse?" by noted journalist, Bachi Karkaria
Round-Up of 2014-15 by the Chairperson, CSA
Distribution of Grants-in-Aid and Awards for Books in Print, 2014
This is a special event. Join us, please.

RSVP:
Manju Jaidka, Chairperson, CSA
sahitakad2008@gmail.com
 

CHANDIGARH SAHITYA AKADEMI has, over the last few years, tried to make an impact in the city. Regular Literary Programs – poetry symposia, meet-the-writer sessions, book launches, readings, seminars and invited lectures - have been held. The promotion of literature has been going on regularly. Awards have been instituted for senior as well as upcoming writers of the city. Stretching the scope of its activities across a broad section of society, from senior citizens to young school-going children, the Akademi reached out to diverse groups. Creative Writing Competitions and Quiz Contests are organized, Grants-in-Aid are awarded to unpublished manuscripts and awards are given for printed books. The chief languages of the region – Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu – are promoted. There is no doubt that CSA is now an acknowledged presence in Chandigarh. Its activities are posted regularly on Facebook and Blogger, keeping its members informed of its activities. The city has responded very enthusiastically to all the programmes of the CSA.

The Annual Round-Up 2015 will sum up the activities organized by the CSA over the last 12 months. As is the practice, we also include a talk by an invited speaker on the occasion. This year the speaker is Bachi Karkaria, well-known columnist. Ms Barkaria’s talk on Media will be followed by a presentation by the CSA of the its year-long activities. There will also be a distribution of awards to prize winning city writers. Grants –in-Aid to unpublished manuscripts will be awarded and also prizes for the best books in print 2014.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Annual Round-Up 2015

Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi invites you to its

ANNUAL ROUND-UP 2015

Presided over by

Shri Vijay Dev, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator

on 9 May 2015
at 5.45 PM 
at UT Guest House
Sector 6
Chandigarh

Highlights of the session:
  • Invited talk on "Media: For Better or for Worse?" by noted journalist, Bachi Karkaria
  • Round-Up of 2014-15 by the Chairperson, CSA
  • Distribution of Grants-in-Aid and Awards for Books in Print, 2014
This is a special event. Join us, please.

RSVP:
Manju Jaidka, Chairperson, CSA
sahitakad2008@gmail.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

Books in Print Awards for 2014

AWARDS FOR BOOKS IN PRINT, 2014

The following books submitted by authors from Chandigarh have been adjudged worthy of the Books-in-Print Award for the year 2014:

1. "Sahi Rastey ki Talaash" -- Hindi poetry by Daljit Kaur
2. "Khul Gaye Kiwaad" -- Pbi poetry by Sevi Rayat
3. "Witness to a Wandering Mind" -- novel in English by Trilok Nath
4. "Open Skies" -- poetry in English by Sushma Sagar
5.  " Ma Lo" -- novella in English by Suneeta Patnayak.

Congratulations to the winners and a word of appreciation for the others who submitted their work. Keep the creative spark alive and go on writing!

These Awards will be given at the Annual Round-Up in the first week of May 2015.

Recipients of GRANTS-IN-AID (announced earlier) should ensure that their books are in print by then so that they too may be awarded.

Stay tuned for further information!

CSA