Union Minister for Tourism Shri Alfons Kannanthanam today inaugurated the Bhopal Literature and Craft Festival along with State Culture Minister Dr. Vijaylaxmi Sadho at Bharat Bhawan.
He said that with the abundant natural beauty, cultural diversity and efforts made, India has reached the third position after China and America in world tourism. Bhopal is a very beautiful city.
Shri Kannanthanam said that the lake will be developed in accordance with the high standards of tourism without harming its beauty.
Shri Kannanthanam and Dr. Sadho honoured well-known writer Smt. Namita Gokhale with the Sushila Devi Award on the occasion. The Ministers duo also released Shri Bittu Sehgal’s book Bandhavgarh Inheritance and Wild Madhya Pradesh.
They inaugurated the exhibition of paintings of internationally renowned folk painter Shri Bhajju Shyam and saw each one of his paintings and appreciated it. Nearly 70 prestigeous litterateurs and artists from all over the country and the world are taking part in the 3-day festival.
Culture Minister Dr. Sadho said that the former Prime Minister Late Smt. Indira Gandhi had got Bharat Bhawan built to make Bhopal a cultural capital.
In other states like Gujarat, Punjab, Bengal etc. there is only one culture, but Madhya Pradesh is a bouquet of different cultures. She said that the state will be developed while protecting the cultures of Bundelkhand, Bagheland, Nimadi, Malwi etc.
Chairman Shri Raghav Chandra said that this event is being organized on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. International art collector Mr. John Bowles, Chief Executive Officer of NITI Ayog Shri Amitabh Kant, RERA Chairman Shri Antony de Sa, Culture Secretary Smt. Renu Tiwari, Shri Santosh Choubey,
Shri Abhilash Khandekar and dignitaries of the state and the country were present on the occasion. Secretary of the Institute Smt. Meera Das proposed the vote of thanks.