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Pune Book Festival Soars to New Heights bagging the Fourth Guinness World Record within a Span of Ten Days


In a dazzling display of literary brilliance, the Pune Book Festival has achieved yet another milestone, securing its fourth Guinness World Record within a span of 10 days. The 4th World Record was achieved for largest online video album of people reading aloud, held during the Book Festival.

Noted guests at the book festival, and at the star studded event included Shri Chandrakant Ji Patil, Hon’ble Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Maharashtra, Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, ICCR, Prof. Sanjeev Sonawane, Vice Chancellor YCMOU, Dr. Aruna Dhere, eminent poet, Dr P.D. Patil, Chancellor D.Y. Patil University, Dr Parag Kalkar, Pro-VC SPPU, Dr Aditya Abhyankar HoD, Dept of Technology, SPPU, among others.

The 9-day Pune Book Festival 2023, organized by National Book Trust India, stands as a radiant centre of literary and cultural jubilation, attracting esteemed guests and nurturing a profound love for books among its enthusiastic attendees. Their exploration of the festivity’s book stalls and exhibitions led to commendations for the diverse and vibrant literary showcase. They extended heartfelt congratulations to the organizing entities for this remarkable achievement.

A prominent highlight that captured widespread attention was the Selfie cutout featuring Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. Children and booklovers lined up to take Selfie with Hon’ble Prime Minister featuring the book ‘Exam Warrior’ by the Hon’ble Prime Minister himself. It was a hit with the children as they received a copy of the book which teaches them to be a warrior in life, and not to perceive exams as stress. The Selfie Stand with Hon’ble Prime Minister holding a copy of the #Constitution of India also had people making a beeline to get clicked first.

The day commenced with an enchanting session on Storytelling in Marathi by Miti Sant. Using a whimsical prop, a clay bird with a water-filled cavity, Sant delighted children with the sweet sounds accompanying her narrative. Muskan from Daakroom then conducted an engaging session on letter writing with origami art, transforming children’s letters into imaginative origami shirts. In the Visual Art session, Mriganka Bhuyan took young minds on a captivating visual journey into the realms of animation and illustration. Renowned cartoonist Chandrahas Pandit, famed for his comics ‘Chintoo,’ showcased his caricature skills, offering both entertainment and engagement for the captivated audience.

A special session, aptly named “Libraries aka Readers Arcade,” served as a heartfelt tribute to the often unsung heroes – librarians hailing from various colleges. This distinctive interaction underscored their indispensable role in elevating the Pune Book Festival to a resounding success. Further enriching the literary discourse, a dynamic discussion with distinguished journalists unfolded, featuring esteemed editors from leading newspapers. The panel included Shri Kiran Shelar (Tarun Bharat), Shri Mukund Sangoram (Loksatta), Shri Samrat Phadnis (Sakal), Shri Shridhar Loni (Maharashtra Times), and Shri Sunil Mali (Pudhari), offering profound insights into the intricate realm of media communication.

The day reached its crescendo with mesmerizing cultural performances, including a Mehfil (ghazal and poetry recital) by ‘Team Ulfat,’ a Kishore Kumar orchestra performed by students, and a fusion performance titled “Himalayan Rhythms: Folk Beats to Bollywood Treats” by Faisal Ashoor & Band, all the way from the picturesque corner of North India, Ladakh. Faisal Ashoor & his band, infused the cultural touch that left an indelible mark on the hearts of the audience.

As the festival unfolds, tomorrow promises an array of captivating activities for children, from Storytelling to Bookmark Creation, and Calligraphy Workshop. Attendees can also look forward to insightful discussions on various topics, including a book discussion by Mr. Prafulla Wankhede, a talk by the eminent and senior scientist Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, and a Marathi play, ‘Shrimant Yogi,’ based on the life of Shivaji, is poised to captivate the audience with its cultural richness.

Join us as the Pune Book Festival unfolds more literary and cultural treasures, promising an enriching experience for all.


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