Ranchi (By our correspondent): The second edition of the Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet (JLM), the state’s premier literary festival, concluded here during which over the past two days, literary enthusiasts were treated to a series of superbly engaging sessions which spurred debate, discussions and insights spanning literature, art and culture.
Day two saw Mr Ruskin Bond share his thoughts on writing for generations of children in the session “Growing up with Ruskin” where he mentioned that young minds need engaging stories to hold their attention from page one itself. He expressed his happiness at the growth of literary forums such as JLM, as these help to bring together readers and writers alike and benefit both. In the session on “Bhavishya Ka Ek Vikalp Hain Mahatma Gandhi”
Mr Harivansh Narayan Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha enraptured the audience with his views on the ill-effects of blind
consumerism and misuse of technology. Mr Singh emphasized the importance Gandhian philosophy as the means to creating a better
world and to help humanity come back from the brink of losing its very existence. Earlier in the day, Mr Malay Kumar Roy and Abdullah
Khan spoke about their debut novels which are based in the region.
Noted actress Rasika Dugal of ‘Kshay’ and ‘Manto’ fame, who acted in the celebrated short films and more recently in the online series ‘Mirzapur’, spoke about the short film genre, highlighting the discipline in all aspects of filmmaking that the genre demands. Celebrated screenwriter and lyricist Mr Niranjan Iyengar mentioned that while digital platforms enable reach, short films help better experimentation free from box office pressures.