Eminent theater artistes Raj Bisaria (Lucknow) and Bansi Kaul (Shrinagar) conferred Kalidas Samman
Ujjain: The weeklong literary festival, Akhil Bharatiya Kalidas Samaroh took an impressive start on Thursday evening on the occasion of ‘Devprabodhini Ekadashi’. Governor in-charge, Omprakash Kohli formally inaugurated the 58th edition of the progeamme by lighting a traditional lamp before the portraits of Kalidas and samaroh’s founder Pt Surya Narayan Vyas during a function held on the Kalidas Sanskrit Academy premises. He also distributed National Kalidas Honours to theater artistes Raj Bisaria and Bansi Kaul.
Addressing an impressive gathering, the Governor said that Sanskrit literature would not have become so rich if Kalidasa was not born. “Kalidasa did the Mahakal aaradhana in Ujjain some 2000 years ago…his novels consist sufficient praise for the lord Mahakal…he was an unmatchable poet as well as a litterateur…most of his creations are replete with sympathy for human being and sensibility towards nature also gets reflected in them…Kalidas himself is a poet of living integrity…he is in fact a symbol of national pride and was a perpetuator of national integration,” observed Prof Kohli.
During the function, the Governor along with Union minister for social justice, Thawar Chand Gehlot and energy minister Paras Jain also conferred prestigious National Kalidas Honours to veteran theater artistes Raj Bisaria (Lucknow) for the year 2015-16 and Bansi Kaul (Shrinagar) for the year 2016-17. They were felicitated by presenting Rs 2 lakh, citation, shawl and sriphal. Responding to the honour, Kaul dedicated the award to the Ujjainites saying that he had organised ‘Nat Mela’ on the same platform of Kalidas Samaroh way back in 1984. Principal secretary, culture, Manoj Shrivastava read the citations.
Prior to it, Vikram University vice chancellor prof Sheel Sindhu Pandey delivered the welcome speech. Somnath Sanskrit University, Somnath vice chancellor prof Arknath Chaudhari, who was the guest of honour, delivered his address in Sanskrit. Member of Parliament prof Chintamani Malviya and MLA Dr Mohan Yadav were also present on the dais. National anthem and Madhya Pradesh anthem were also recited during the programme. Prof Balkrishna Sharma conducted the proceedings while minister for culture (independent charge) Surendra Patwa proposed vote of thanks.