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2-day literary festival ‘Shaharnama: Kahani Apne Shahron Ki’ in Jaipur from tomorrow 

The event to feature discussions with authors who have written books on heritage cities.

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February 16, 2023, 8:17 am

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‘Shahrnama Kahani’ to be organized in Jaipur.

Jaipur: Prabha Khaitan Foundation in partnership with the Rajasthan tourism department will organize a two-day literary festival called ‘Shaharnama: Kahani Apne Shahron Ki’ on February 19 and 20 at  Hotel Rajputana Sheraton. It is for the first time that the Shahranama Kahani event is being organized in the city.

The event will feature discussions with authors who have written books on various renowned cities throughout the country, such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Delhi, Bhopal, and Lucknow, each of which boasts a rich history. 

These writers will share their personal experiences and insights on the cultural significance, unique cuisine, ancient architecture, and other notable aspects of respective cities, offering attendees an immersive experience.

During the press conference held on Wednesday, minister of tourism Vishvendra Singh expressed the state government’s strong commitment to the advancement of tourism. 

He highlighted the government’s ongoing initiatives to support and empower folk artists, acknowledging the economic challenges they have faced throughout the pandemic. The minister emphasized that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is committed to improving the financial stability of artists and promoting their valuable contributions to the culture of the region.

Singh expressed his belief that these gatherings serve as a powerful means of fostering connections between people from different cities throughout the country. By promoting domestic tourism and highlighting the unique characteristics and histories of various regions, such events help to ensure that no city remains unfamiliar or unknown to visitors, ultimately bringing people closer together.

Principal secretary Gayatri Rathod highlighted the department’s ongoing efforts to promote both domestic and international tourism, while also prioritizing the preservation of folk artists, traditional culture, and heritage. 

The state government is fully committed to improving the economic well-being of these artists, which is why the recent budget includes provisions for 100 days of employment for folk artists over the course of this calendar year, she said. 

According to Neelima Dalmia and Apara Kuchhal, the co-directors of the Shahranama, the program aims to promote an understanding of the unique local traditions, proverbs, and historical landmarks of various cities throughout the country, in addition to exploring their wider historical significance. 

The festival serves as a valuable opportunity for attendees to gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural diversity and richness of India, while also promoting greater cross-cultural exchange and understanding.

Over twenty sessions are scheduled to take place over the course of the two-day Shahranama festival. The various cities of Rajasthan are widely known by distinctive names, such as Pink City, Blue City, Red City, and Golden City, which help to set them apart from other parts of the country. 

The festival aims to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of these cities, with the help of writers and columnists who serve as ambassadors of the region’s unique character, promoting tourism and cross-cultural exchange. With its vibrant civilization, rich art and culture, and diverse culinary traditions, Rajasthan is often referred to as “Rangilo Rajasthan.”

Many renowned authors will participate in the event including Faizal Alkaji, Dr. Sandeep Purohit, Abhay K, Anoothi Vishal, Mehru Zafar, Mihir Vats, Aditi Duggad, Manish Malhotra, Mehak Maheshwari, Vartul Singh and Himanshu Bajpai and Salman Chishti. 

First published: February 15, 2023