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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 3



THE THIRD DAY OF THE SPRING CELEBRATIONS of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi featured two writers, one acclaimed in Hindi, the other in Punjabi.

Jaswinder Singh, an engineer by profession, is an accomplished writer. He has penned a number of collections of ghazals for which he has received several honours and awards. Often invited to literary gatherings and mushairas, he was recently awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014. Jaswinder Singh was introduced by the noted playwright Atamjit who engaged him in a lively conversation, beginning with a recitation of some of his poems. This was an effective introduction as Atamjit, being more of a performer, read the verses in his sonorous voice with a lot of feeling and passion. The poet, Jaswinder, strikes one as a simple, down-to-earth person, grounded in reality. Hailing from a family in which not much interest was taken in literature, his love for literature is entirely self-acquired.  His poems are full of ‘punjabiat’, the feel of the earth and the fragrance of local landscape, rivers and plains, flora and fauna.

Manjula Rana, educationist and acclaimed writer of Hindi fiction, is not just a professor of Hindi, she is also a member of the UPSC. She has authored several collections of short stories for which she has received a number of awards. In her conversation with Madhav Kaushik, she spoke at length of Kalidas’s wife, Vidytoma, who was in fact his inspiration. Vidyotma’s story has not been told fully and Manjula has looked at her plight through a sympathetic, woman’s gaze.  A story that she read, “Jai Ghosh” had the audience almost in tears; an unusual theme, it described the love of a woman (neglected in her family) for a childhood friend. It is this love that keeps her going to the end, a love like that of Dante and Beatrice. In conversation with Manjula Rana was the Secretary of CSA, Madhav Kaushik, who introduced her, highlighting her major achievements in the field of letters.

This is the time of the year when the Akademi also gives away Awards of Recognition to senior writers of the city. This year’s awardees are:
1. Sh. Madan Sharma 'Rakesh' (Hindi)
2. Smt. Taran Gujral (Punjabi)
3. Sh. Jai Gopal Kochhar - 'Ashk Amritsari' (Urdu)
4. Prof. Ramakant Angiras (Sanskrit)

Shri Vijay Dev, Adviser to the Administrator, gave away the awards. Addressing the gathering, he had a word of praise for the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi’s efforts to promote literature and language in the city. The audience was delighted to have him in their midst and it so turned out that Mr Vijay Dev is a literature enthusiast, too. He recited several Punjabi poems and quoted Prof Mohan Singh, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Hashim Shah, Sufi poetry, and other Punjabi legends.

All in all, it was a fitting culmination to a successful three-day event hosted by the CSA

Warm wishes from
Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi