Asian Literary Society Organized Three-days Jashn-e-Azadi Festival to celebrate Indian Independence Day 2020
To get our new generation acquainted with our long walk to freedom and pay homage to all those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our better tomorrow, Asian Literary Society organized JASHN-E-AZADI- a three days online festival from 13th August 2020 to 15th August 2020.
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In this festival eminent literary luminaries and artists from all over the country enthusiastically participated to celebrate Indian Independence Day and paid tribute to our great leaders as well as unsung heroes.
Manoj Krishnan (Founder, Asian Literary Society, and author) welcomed all the eminent guests and artists in JASHN-E-AZADI festival. The festival encompassed live conversations with Chief Guest Dr. Balmiki Prasad Singh (Former Governor of Sikkim), Guest of Honours Dr. Varsha Das (Former Director, National Gandhi Museum), “Padma Vibhushan” Dr. R. Chidambaram (Former Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India)and Meenakshi Natarajan (former Member of Parliament).
On this occasion, Dr. Amarendra Khatua (Former Secretary, MEA) and Prof. Nandini Sahu (Director, School of Foreign Languages, IGNOU) discussed the transformation in the role of literature from pre-independence to post-independent India.
Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidik (Senior Journalist and Chairman of Bhartiya Bhasha Sammelan), Col. D. S. Cheema (Eminent Author), Dr. Madhavi Menon (Bharatanatyam Dancer & Professor, Nova Southeastern University, USA) also addressed the audience. Erudite poets Neetu Singh Rai and Renu Hussain held the viewers spellbound with their brilliant renditions.
Another attraction of JASHN-E-AZADI was the performances by artists from the ALS Performing Arts group. Mani Saxena, Nilesh Savant, Kunaal Ddhru, Athulya Nair V. H., Dr. Bishakha Sarma, and Arvind Patole enthralled the audience with their soulful performances painted in the hue of patriotism.
Mandira Ghosh (Author), Kiren Babal (Children Writer), Vandana Bhasin (Author), Bina Pillai (Author), Dr. Swasti Dhar (Professor, Mumbai University), Anita Chand (Author), Lippi Parida (Author) and Meena Mishra (CEO, the Impish Lass Publishing House) moderated various interactive sessions during JASHN-E-AZADI festival.
All the participating artists were felicitated virtually at the end by Manoj Krishnan.
The Asian Literary Society’s JASHN-E-AZADI was highly appreciated by the viewers from all over the country who applauded ALS and its this initiative at the time of coronavirus pandemic.