Arunachal Pradesh proposes setting up a Writers’ Village to cultivate literary excellence

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In a bid to promote a thriving literary ecosystem and nurture the state’s rich cultural heritage, the government of Arunachal Pradesh has proposed the establishment of a dedicated “Writers’ Village.” This unique initiative is set to provide a conducive environment for writers, artists, researchers, and creative minds to pursue their literary endeavors in the heart of Arunachal Pradesh’s serene landscapes.

The proposed Writers’ Village will be a tranquil retreat nestled amidst the picturesque natural beauty of the state, offering ample solitude and inspiration for creative expression. Equipped with modern amenities, including well-equipped workspaces, comfortable accommodations, and a vibrant literary community, the Writers’ Village will serve as a hub for literary exchange, collaboration, and innovation.

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Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu announced the establishment of the Writers’ Village during the valedictory ceremony of the three-day Arunachal Literature Festival (ALF), held recently in Itanagar. Addressing the gathering of renowned and budding writers from across the country, Khandu revealed that he had been thinking about starting a project for fostering a nurturing environment for literary pursuits and that the occasion was the perfect time to announce it.

“Arunachal Pradesh has some of the best locations where the mind roams free, hearts beat in perfect rhythm, and the soul is at total peace. Writers and artists just need such an ambience to perfect their art. We will offer it,” CM Khandu said.

He stated that the Writers’ Village would act as a sanctuary for creative minds, a place where they can immerse themselves in their craft, free from distractions and immersed in the tranquility of nature.

This initiative will not only contribute to the growth of Arunachal Pradesh’s literary landscape but also enrich the state’s cultural tapestry.

“I would like to invite all creative minds to avail of this facility,” he said.

“Literature is a reflection of humanity and a way for us to understand each other. By listening to the voice of another person, we can begin to figure out how that individual think. I believe that literature is important because of its purpose, and in a society which is becoming increasingly detached from human interaction, novels create a conversation,” Mr. Khandu said.

The Arunachal Literature Festival, which served as the backdrop for the announcement, showcased the state’s literary prowess, bringing together a diverse array of renowned and budding authors, poets, and literary enthusiasts. The festival provided a platform for these creative minds to share their works, engage in discussions, and celebrate the rich literary heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.

He appreciated the State’s Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) for organising the festival annually since 2018 in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, headed by renowned authors Y.D. Thongchi and Mamang Dai. The festival witnessed the participation of more than 50 renowned and budding authors and poets from across the country.

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