ST Correspondent
Friday, 12 October 2018

Bhilar, the village of books invites you to read continously for 8 to 10 hours

Pune: On the occasion of ‘Maharashtra Reading Day’ celebrated in the State on October 15, a continuous reading activity has been organised at Bhilar, Maharashtra’s village of books on October 13 and 14. 
The ‘Reading Day’ is celebrated in the State every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s former President, late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Bhilar has been celebrating the day with a series of events and programmes for the book lovers and tourists from across the State for from last year. This year, avid readers from the State have been invited to the village to read continuously for at least eight to 10 hours.

“In the last three years, the Maharashtra Reading Day has gained the form of a people’s movement. Through this unique initiative, we aim to bring together 50 readers from across Maharashtra on two days, October 13 and 14, to complete 12 hours of reading,” Dr Anand Katikar of Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha (State Marathi Development Organisation) said.

On the above mentioned two days, the readers will sit in their favourite genre section (home) of literature and read for more than eight to 10 hours at least. “This will help in both, improvement of the reading skill and preservation of reading culture,” said Katikar.

He further stated, “The initiative has received a great response from all over the State and people across professions, like engineers, teachers, professors, students, ST bus conductors, are amongst the 50 readers who have registered for the initiative. Apart from these, other readers can also participate in the event on their own.

The participants will also get a chance to interact with language preserver Shyam Joshi and Marathi language scholar Dr Prakash Parab on October 13. On October 14, there will be a musical programme ‘Pausvela’, for which entry will be open and free for all.

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