Sahitya Akademi to host next episode of Webline Literature Series today

Talk on Kunwar Narain this evening

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Kunwar Narain, Hindi poet and fellow of Sahitya Akademi. Photo Amazon

Sahitya Akademi is virtually organizing Through My Window on Sunday, 19 September 2021 at 1700 hrs IST under its Webline Literature Series. Ranjit Hoskote, eminent English writer will deliver a talk on the life and works of Kunwar Narain, Hindi poet and fellow of Sahitya Akademi.

Launched in 1993, in the Webline Literature series, an eminent writer presents his or her impression on the life and works of another eminent contemporary writer.

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 24 Indian languages, including English. Over the 64 years of its 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 far brought out over 6000 books, the present pace of publication being one book every 19 hours. Every year the Akademi holds at least 50 seminars at regional, national, and international levels along with the workshops and literary gatherings – about 300 in number per year, under various heads like Meet the Author, Samvad, Kavisandhi, Kathasandhi, Loka: The Many Voices, People and Books, Through My Window, Mulakat, Asmita, Antaral, Avishkar, Nari Chetna, Yuva Sahiti, Bal Sahiti, Purvottari, and Literary Forum meetings.

The webinar can be viewed on Sahitya Akademi’s Youtube page

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