On Thursday, some of the best works of Maharashtra’s Jnanpith Award winners will reverberate in open air in the backdrop of the Gateway of India, before an 8,000-strong audience.
The Maharashtra government has organised a two-hour-long show to promote Marathi literature and celebrate the state’s Jnanpeeth Award winners like VS Khandekar, VV Shirwadkar alias Kusumagraj, Vinda Karandikar and Dr Bhalchandra Nemade.
Vinod Tawde, state Minister for Culture and Marathi language, said, “Such events will bring Marathi literature into focus. It will lead to more discussion on Marathi literature in the city as well as the rest of the country.”
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The audience will get familiar with works of the four Marathi litterateurs that will be presented through acts, songs and recitations, Tawde added. The programme will have a seating capacity of about 7,000 to 8,000 for the audience, and 1,000 more will have place to stand, the minister said.
The state culture department has roped in some of the most renowned Marathi artists to perform. Noted vocalists and classical singers like Shridhar Phadke, Asha Khadilkar, Padmaja Phenany Joglekar will lend their voices to present the award winners’ works in songs. On the occasion, the state government will also felicitate Nemade, a Marathi poet and novelist, who was recently conferred with the award.
Free passes to the show will be available at centres like Ravindra Natya Mandir (Prabhadevi), Deenanath Natyagruha (Vile Parle), Prabodhankar Thackeray Natyagruha (Borivali), Gadkari Ranganathan (Thane), and Maharashtra Watch & Gramaphone Co (Dadar).