Indo-Czech Writers Meet Explores Rich Literary Heritage of India and Czechoslovakia

The day at the ongoing New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 today presented yet another delight for the lovers of Literature with the conclusion of yet another much anticipated event, the “Indo-Czech Writers’ Meet,” which was introduced by K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi and chaired by A. Sethumadhavan, Chairman, National Book Trust, India.

Sahitya Akademi Indo-Czech Writers' Meet

Indo-Czech Writers’ Meet

Mr. K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, spoke about the growing need for the writers from India and Czechoslovakia to come together.  He spoke at length about the presence of Indian Literature in Czech consciousness over past 300 years. He also announced that the Sahitya Akademi will come forward and do everything possible to promote this collaboration under it’s flagship programme, Indian Literature Abroad (ILA).

The meet featured an extremely interesting Reading Session by Martin Vopenka and Sukrita Paul Kumar who recited Poetry and Uday Prakash and Marketa Hejkalova who read short stories to the audience present at the venue.

This was followed by Presentations by the participants on Contemporary & Children’s Literature in Czechoslovakia and India and Literary Readership and Libraries in the two countries. The session was chaired by the eminent scholar Prof. K. Satchidanandan. The presenters included Sylva Fischerova, Marta Hochmal and Blanka Skuckova from Czechoslovakia and H.K. Paul, Manorama Jafa and N.K. Bhattacharjee from India. The event was wrapped up with a Vote of Thanks by M.A. Sikander, Director, National Book Trust, India.

Yesterday was also a momentous day at the New Delhi World Book Fair as many prominent poets, who are known for their exemplary works in their respective languages from the Northern and North-Eastern states of India, were seen wowing the audience with their lively discussion at the “North-East and Northern Poets’ Meet.”

Among those who participated in this event yesterday, included Kaustubh Moni Saikia (Assamese), Binod Basumatari (Bodo), Vijay Verma (Dogri), Desmond L. Kharmawphlang (English), Mondira Ghosh (English), Robin S. Ngangom (English), Kailash Vajpeyi (Hindi), Sefali Debbarma (Kokborok), Kshetri Rajen (Manipuri), Thailow Mog (Mog), Amarjeet Kaunke (Punjabi), Tarsem (Punjabi), Ashar Hashmi (Urdu) and Shakeel Hasan Shamsi (Urdu).

About Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in twenty-four Indian languages, including English. Over the 56 years of its dynamic existence, it has ceaselessly endeavored to promote good taste and healthy reading habits, to keep alive the intimate dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups through seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances, to increase the pace of mutual translations through workshops and individual assignments and to develop a serious literary culture through the publications of journals, monographs, individual creative works of every genre, anthologies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, who’s who of writers and histories of literature. It has so for brought out over 6000 books, the present pace of publication being one book every thirty hours. Every year the Akademi holds at least thirty seminars at regional, national and international levels along with the workshops and literary gatherings-about 250 in number per year, under various heads like Meet the Author, Samvad, Kavisandhi, Kathasandhi, Loka: The Many Voices, Men and Books, Through My Window, Mulakat, Asmita, Antaral, Yuva Sahiti, Bal Sahiti, Nari Chetna, Purvottari, Avishkar and Literary Forum meetings. More details are available on the official website of Sahitya Akademi at


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