Press release: The Asian Literary Society organized the 3rd Asian Literary Confluence with great fanfare on 23rd October 2020.
Ms. Meenakshi Natarajan (Eminent Author and Former Member of Parliament) delivered the inaugural address. In light of the present Covid-19 scenario, this meeting was conducted online. Interactive sessions with Dr. Pariksith Singh (Eminent Poet and Founder, Access Health Care Physicians, USA) and Mr. Sudarshan Kcherry (CEO, Authorspress) followed.
Mr. Manoj Krishnan (Author and Founder, Asian Literary Society) delivered his keynote address touching upon the new initiatives and the innovative programs conducted by ALS during the past year. He also announced the names of the winners of the Annual 2020 Wordsmith Awards, Sagar Memorial Award, Gitesh Biva Memorial Award, and the Photography Contest. A session on Poetry Recitations was conducted in which over 25 poets from India and abroad participated. This session drew a lot of interest from all the members.
During the evening sessions, viewers had a literary banquet served before them through illuminating panel discussions in which distinguished personalities in the fields of Literature and Arts participated.
Dr. Amarendra Khatua (Former Secretary, MEA), Mr. Kumar Vikram (Editor, National Book Trust), and Mr. A. J. Thomas (Guest Editor, Sahitya Akademi) shared their thoughts on How to Popularize Asian Literature in India. Renowned Hindi poets, Dr. Om Nischal and Dr. Laxmi Shankar Bajpai shared their thoughts on the Changing Face of Hindi Literature in the Era of Social Media.
Mr. Yuyutsu Sharma (Eminent Poet, Nepal), Ms. Santhini Govindan (Eminent writer) and Ms. Mandira Ghosh (Treasurer, Poetry Society, India) were the panelists in the discussion on Feminism in Modern English Literature. Eminent writers Ms. Amrita Bhalla, Ms. Bina Pillai, and Ms. Meena Mishra participated the panel discussion on South Asian Literature and Indian Cinema.
Eminent Hindi poets Ms. Mamta Kiren, Ms. Renu Hussain, and famous author, Dr. Kamal Kumar shared their thoughts on Hindi Language and Literature on the World Stage. Noted artist Ms. Lippi Parida and famous Photographer Mr. Rohit Suri shared interesting tips on The Art of Photography to acquaint enthusiasts with this very popular topic.
The sessions were moderated by Ms. Anita Chand (Administrator, ALS), Dr. Aparna Bagwe (Administrator, ALS), Ms. Kiren Babal (Ambassador, ALS), Dr. Swasti Dhar (Associate Editor, JAACL), Ms. Nisha Tandon (Author & Poet), and Ms. Poonam Kanwal (Author & Poet).
It was heartening to note the warm, positive response to the Asian Literary Society’s 3rd Asian Literary Confluence 2020 from all the invitees, participants, and audience members.