| Labourers put a fresh coat of paint on the Patna Museum on Thursday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
A slew of measures have been planned to doll up the museum in the run-up to the second Patna Literature Festival from February 14.
A new ticketing lounge is being constructed at the entrance and the decorative lights on the museum buildings have also been repaired. The outer walls of the 97-year-old building are also being re-painted to give it a fresh look during the literature festival.
“The literary sessions would be held in the auditorium of the museum,” said JPN Singh, additional director, Patna Museum. The festival is being organised by the Navras School of Performing Arts, in association with the department of art, culture and youth affairs. The extravaganza spread over three days would see the participation of over 40 authors, cultural activists, historians, journalists and cinema personalities.
The focus of this year’s literature festival would be promoting Indian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Maithili, Bhojpuri, English and Magahi, the regional language of Bihar. There would be debates, talks and discussions on contemporary literature, social issues, art, history, governance and cultural shows.
“Book and food stalls would be set up in the parking area. The courtyard would be developed as an authors’ lounge. Cultural programmes would be held on the ground the southern side of the museum building,” said Ajit Pradhan, secretary, Navras School of Performing Arts.
Notable among those who would attend the festival are Gulzar, Abdul Bismillah, Priyanka Sinha Jha, Piyush Jha, Sankarshan Thakur, Vikram Seth, Ravikar Kumar, Farah Ghuznavi, Uday Praksh, Chandra Kishori Jha from Nepal, Sarita Bodhu from Mauritius, Nida Fazli, Baby Haldar, Ashok Vajpayi, Usha Kiran Khan, Vikram Sampath and Shahid Raza.