PUNE: The first-ever Teachers’ Literary Festival has been organised in the city on February 17 and 18. The festival aims to provide a platform to teachers from Pune city and district for literary work.
The festival has been organised by Shaniwarwada Kala Mahotsav in collaboration with the Education Departments of Pune Zila Parishad andthe Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). MLC Vijay Kale, Deepak Mali, Administrative Officer (Secondary), PMC Education Department and Shivaji Daundekar, Administrative Officer (Primary) Education Department, Pune ZP will be present at the festival.
The festival will be held at Balgandharva Rangamandir and will be inaugurated by Dr SB Mujumdar, Founder, Symbiosis (Deemed) University.
Speaking to the media, Kale said, “Many great authors and poets were earlier teachers. While pursuing their profession, they explored their talent in literature. However, these days, teachers neither get time nor a good platform. Thus we intend this event to provide a platform to the teachers to present their works in front of an audience.”
He said there will be stalls at the venue selling books authored by the teachers. There will be an exhibition of paintings made by the teachers. On the first day, a ‘Grantha Dindi’ (book rally) will be held from the house of renowned literary scholar DV Potdar in Shaniwar Peth to Balgandharva Rangamandir. Veteran author Dr NM Joshi will inaugurate the rally.
“As this is our first experiment, we are not sure of the exact number of teachers who will be participating. We are expecting around 1,200 teachers. We wish to hold this festival every year, and its success will depend on the response that we get from the teachers,” Kale said.