Writers share benefits of storytelling at Kahani Darbar

Writers share benefits of storytelling at Kahani Darbar

Writer Kulbir Singh Suri during the event hosted by BBKDAV College in Amritsar.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 1

Sharing stories from his childhood, memories of his father Nanak Singh, who was a towering literary personality, celebrated writer Kulbir Singh Suri was the main speaker at the Kahani Darbar organised by BBK DAV College for Women. The event was hosted in collaboration with Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat (an initiative), the Bhasha Vibagh, Punjab, and the Bhasha Manch here on Thursday.

Kulbir Singh Suri, who is also the recipient of the Shiromani Baal Sahitkar Award, said he had inherited the genes of creativity from his ancestors, especially his father Nanak Singh, whose critically acclaimed work Khooni Vaisakhi remains one of the most poignant pieces of literature on Jallianwala Bagh.

“It is the need of the hour to develop the culture of reading among students, among youth, the future generations, who will be the torchbearers of our literary legacy,” he said. He shared that early on in his career as a writer, he used to write about moral stories and the setting of his stories was mainly Preet Nagar, his native village. His story Manavta Ka Bageecha was also narrated at the event.

Other speakers at the event included national and state award winning writer Dr Paramjit Singh Kalsi, who is also the District Language Officer, and actor-director Gurinder Makna. Kalsi, while explaining the need of reading and writing, said life has many aspects and it is like a deep sea where every day gives a new experience. The need of the hour is to make our thoughts positive and creative.

He further said the Kahani Darbar, organised by BBK DAV College for Women, was the first one being held in Punjab this year and such events give an open, unbiased platform for direct exchange with students. In his speech, Makna said it is very important to be a good listener and exhorted the students to make books their best friends as they can be transformative.

In her address, Principal Dr Pushpinder Walia said writers and poets sensitised society, making them compassionate and sympathetic. She further highlighted the importance of reading and said it also builds up confidence and enhances speaking skills as well as makes the readers creative and imaginative.

Towards the end of the event, three students of MA Punjabi from the college narrated stories, including Manavta Ka Bageecha by Kulbir Singh Suri and Kapoota Nalo Noohan Changia and Khabbal. A documentary film was also presented during the programme.

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Celebrated writer Kulbir Singh Suri was the main speaker at the Kahani Darbar organised by BBK DAV College for Women. The event was hosted in collaboration with Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat (an initiative), the Bhasha Vibagh, Punjab, and the Bhasha Manch. A documentary film was also presented.

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