Asian Literary Society is a literary community founded by a gifted writer Mr. Manoj Krishnan with the mission to spread awareness about Asian Literature all over the world. This group endeavors to foster and nurture the reading and writing culture among its seventeen thousand members from more than a hundred countries and provide them, an excellent platform to showcase their creativity.
Asian Literary Society organized “150 years of The Mahatma: A Poetic Celebration Program” on January 10th, 2019 at the India International Center, New Delhi. The celebration started with the welcome address by Founder, Manoj Krishnan. It was followed by lamp lightening ceremony and recitation of Gandhi’s favorite bhajan Vaishnava Jana to Tene Kahiye.
Jnanpith award and Sahitya Akademi Award winner, Padma Bhushan Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri was the chief guest of the event who held the audience spellbound with his speech. Padma Shri Dr. Shyam Singh Shashi (social scientist, Academic, and writer) and Dr. Tarachand Pal ‘Bekal’ (an illustrious writer and poet) addressed the audience on the relevance of Gandhian principles in today’s world.
Former secretary MEA, Mr. Amarendra Khatua, President Sakhshi NGO and, Dr. Mridula Tandon, Former principal of Kamala Nehru college, Dr. Rita Malhotra, eminent writer Kiren Babal and CEO, Author press, Mr. Sudarshan Kcherry also shared their thoughts.
It was followed by the fervent recitation by poets who won the heart of the audience. Prominent poets Ms. Bushra Alvi Razzack, Ms. Lippi Parida, Ms. Ruchika Rastogi, Ms. Anita Chand, Ms. Vandana Bhasin, Dr. Bishakha Sarma, Ms. Trina Chakraborti, Ms. Ramniet S Mukherjee, Amritjyoti Mahanta, and Jagriti Sharma recited their soulful verses. Later they were felicitated by the esteemed luminaries. The event concluded with a vote of thanks and presentation of token of gratitude to all.
Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary celebration hosted by Asian Literary Society gave the participants and audience an opportunity to remember the efficacy of Gandhian thoughts based on truth and nonviolence.