ITANAGAR: In a move to nurture the literary and artistic talents of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced the establishment of a “Writers’ Village” during the closing ceremony of the Arunachal Literature Festival (ALF).
The envisioned village, set to be located in a picturesque spot within the state, is envisioned as a retreat where writers, artists, researchers, and creative minds can immerse themselves in their craft surrounded by the tranquillity of nature.
Chief Minister Khandu, addressing the gathering of more than fifty esteemed and emerging authors and poets from across the country at ALF, expressed his long-standing contemplation of the project.
He stated that Arunachal Pradesh’s breathtaking landscapes provide an ideal backdrop for creative endeavours.
“Arunachal has some of the best locations where the mind roams free, hearts beat in perfect rhythm, and the soul is at total peace. Writers and artistes just need such an ambience to perfect their art. We will offer it,” he proclaimed enthusiastically.
Khandu envisions the “Writers’ Village” as a well-equipped resort in a remote location, providing a conducive environment for writers to dedicate weeks or even months to refining their creative pursuits.
“I would like to invite all creative minds to avail this facility,” Khandu urged, extending an open invitation to writers and artists to make the most of this upcoming creative haven.
The ALF, organised annually since 2018 by the state’s Information and Public Relations department in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), has become a significant platform for literary enthusiasts.
Renowned authors such as Anand Neelakanthan, Kavita Kane, Preethi Shenoy, Asgar Wajahat, Mahesh Dattani, Janice Pariat, and Anuja Chandramouli graced this year’s festival.
Acknowledging the festival’s growth, Chief Minister Khandu suggested expanding its reach beyond the state capital.
He committed to allocating additional funds for organising the festival across different locations in the state starting next year.
Highlighting the importance of preserving local dialects and languages, Khandu stressed that cultural erosion begins when the use of local dialects is neglected.
He highlighted the state government’s efforts to incorporate several tribal dialects into the primary-level school syllabus, with plans to extend this initiative to cover all tribal languages.
In closing, Khandu expressed optimism that the ALF would inspire young minds not only to read literature but also to contribute to the rich tapestry of written expression.
He noted, “Literature helps us to unlock our minds and perception of the world and allows us to see out of the box.”