A sangam of litterateurs in Panchkula for the three-day Haryana Sahitya Sangam

Writers, poets, thinkers, litterateurs of Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Sanskrit from Haryana and several other states of the country have converged on Panchkula for the three-day Haryana Sahitya Sangam at the Indradhanush Auditorium today.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the event, organised jointly by all seven academies of the state, Swarna Jayanti Celebrations Authority and the Information and Public Relations Department.

The event includes an exhibition of books, published by the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, Haryana Sanskrit Academy, Haryana Punjabi Academy, Haryana Urdu Academy, Haryana Granth Academy, Haryana Kala Parishad and the Haryana Itihaas Avam Sanskriti Academy.A book fair has also been organised. “Nearly 2,000 delegates from Haryana and other states of the country have assembled for the event,” said an official spokesperson.

Khattar announced that the Haryana Granth Academy will honour 10 outstanding litterateurs every year with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each. He said the awards would be named after Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Swami Vivekananda and Mangal Sen.He also announced to increase the award money for the first and second prizes, being given by the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh and Rs 2.50 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, respectively.

Khattar also honoured 92 litterateurs and writers with awards of Rs 84 lakh for their outstanding contribution. These included 61 litterateurs of Hindi, 20 of Punjabi and 11 of Urdu.He also exhorted the litterateurs and writers to play a vital role in building a strong society through their writings. He said Haryana was land of Sanskrit language as various scholars had been doing a lot of research on this language since long on banks of the river Saraswati, which also flowed through Haryana. He said it was the same land where the Rig Veda was written.

“Urdu originated in Haryana. The first literature in Punjabi was written in Hansi,” he added.Describing the Haryana Sahitya Sangam as among the best programmes being organised under the the swaran jayanti celebrations of the state, the Chief Minister said it has helped in bringing about 2,000 litterateurs, thinkers and writers at a common platform.

He said Haryana had a glorious past and efforts were also being made to ensure a bright future for 2.50 crore residents of the state. “To ensure this, a special emphasis is being laid on improving the quality of education in the state,” he added. Earlier, Khattar unveiled the mascot “Laddo” of the Haryana Sahitya Sangam. Apart from this, he also released two books authored by Dr Markande Ahuja.

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