‘Unmesh’ International literary festival begins in Himachal

Unmesh International literary festival begins in Himachal

Ministry of Culture and Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Himachal Pradesh are organizing Unmesh, an International Literature Festival, in Shimla as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

UNMESHA is the country’s largest literary festival representing over 60 languages ​​and 64 events with over 425 writers, poets, translators, critics and distinguished personalities from different walks of life from 15 countries including India.

Sahitya Akademi:

  • Sahitya Akademi was formally inaugurated by the Government of India on 12 March 1954.
  • Although it was established by the government but this academy functions as an autonomous organization. It was registered as a society in January 1956 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • The Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, is the central body for literary dialogue, publication and publicity in the country and the only organization to conduct literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English.
  • Annually 24 awards for literary works in languages ​​recognized by the Akademi and an equal number of awards for literary translations in the languages ​​of India and in the languages ​​of India are given after a year-long process of scrutiny, discussion and selection.
  • It also conducts literary exchange programs with various countries around the world to promote Indian literature.
  • The Sahitya Akademi Award is the second highest literary award given by the Government of India after the Jnanpith Award.

Source: PIB

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