As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations on June 11, 2022, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Valsura, Jamnagar organized the first Literature Festival in Saurashtra. During this event, young military leaders were introduced to a variety of literary activities to inculcate good reading culture, foster critical thinking, and generate interest in arts and literature.
Twelve recognised authors with diverse backgrounds and experience in many types of literature, including military history, journalism, lifestyle, mythology, principles of management publishing, theatre, and television, participated in plenary debates and talks during the event.
The Lit Fest saw a large turnout as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahostav’ celebrations. Eminent personalities, renowned officers and personnel from all three branches of the Armed Forces, ladies and children, as well as civilian visitors from the Saurashtra region, attended. Over 100 school pupils, including faculty members, attended the event, which garnered a positive response from famous Jamnagar schools.
Additionally, a book fair was organised with a wide collection of books across all genres that experienced a footfall of more than two thousand. The event culminated with a thought-provoking Street Play on the Literature Fest theme and a captivating Fancy Dress Show by children dressed as freedom fighters to commemorate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
As part of the event, a Pan Navy Poetry Writing Campaign was steered by the Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), Southern Region for ladies and children of the Naval fraternity. A compilation of selected poems would be published as a Kindle version by a leading Publishing House shortly.
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