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Lamhi village pulsates with memory of Munshi Premchand

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 31, 2009

Lamhi village pulsates with memory of Munshi Premchand
TNN 31 July 2009, 09:38pm IST

VARANASI: Lamhi, the village located on the busy Varanasi-Azamgarh Road and better known as the birthplace of noted Hindi novelist and story writer, Munshi Premchand, buzzed with series of activities and functions to celebrate the birth anniversary of great literateur on Friday.

Munsi Premchand, (1880-1936)
Munsi Premchand, (1880-1936)

While the regional cultural centre organised an exhibition of old and rare documents, with some of them belonging to the famous novelist in the village, a number of local social and cultural organisations associated with the epic figure organised drama, based on his short stories and novels on the occasion.

A number of colourful cultural programmes, including folk music and dance, were also organised on the Ramleela Ground in the village, as performance of local artistes reminded of the social and cultural transformation that are strongly portrayed in the characters of Premchand.

The Premchand Margdarshan Kendra organised a drama based on Sadgati, an epic novel written by Premchand, depicting the harsh realities of social and cultural discrimination prevalent in the society. A special nautanki (dance drama) was also organised in the village to relive some of the forgotten characters of epic novels by artists from Setu sanstha, a local cultural organisation.

Similarly, other parts of the city also witnessed a series of programmes on the occasion of birth anniversary of the great Hindi novelist.

A special plantation drive was held at Premchand Park, Lahurabir, where members of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam Foundation planted a number of saplings on the occasion.

The schools and educational institutions also organised seminars to explore various facets of Premchand on the occasion. While a special seminar was organised in the department of Hindi and Urdu, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth on the eve of the birth anniversary, the Central Hindu Boys School, Kamachha, under BHU organised programme on the life of Premchand on Friday evening.

(Source: 07/2009 – The Times of India | News – City – Varanasi)

see “Munshi Premchand’s Works In Audio Now” (07/13/2009)

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