With an aim to inculcate reading habits among residents, the Thane district information department and Marathi Granth Sangralaya (MGS) have organized a book festival from February 10 to 12 at Town Hall, Court Naka.
"Our aim behind this endeavour is to promote reading culture in society. Youngsters should inculcate the habit of reading as it will be helpful in building their personality," said M Y Gokhale, president of MGS.
The fest will be inaugurated on February 10 by poet Satish Kalsekar, who is a winner of the Sahitya Akademi award. Poet Ashok Bagwe and Neelkanth Kadam will interview Kalsekar after the inauguration.
On February 11, Prof. Nagnath Gavhane will deliver a lecture on competitive exams and available reference books. This will be followed by a documentary screening, which will showcase the literary contribution of great writers.
Prof. Shyam Manav will talk about the importance of reading and how to develop the activity. On this platform, noted poet Arun Mhatre will engage ace director Ravi Jadhav and actress Sampada Joglekar-Kulkarni in a hearty dialogue asking them to share their treasured memories. The highlight of the fest is a poets' meet, wherein over 25 poets from different parts of the state will participate and present selected poems. Various publishing houses will also display their books at the fest. Celebrity interviews and lectures on current affairs are also scheduled for the event.