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Lokmanthan – Celebration of cultural diversity

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New Delhi. The 3rd edition of Lokmanthan, the Colloquium of Nation First Thinkers and Practitioners, will be organised by Prajna Pravah along with like-minded intellectual and cultural organisations such as Sanskar Bharati, Vijnana Bharati, Sahitya Parishad, Itihas Sankalan Samiti and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, at Guwahati from September 22 to 24, 2022. Intellectual Forum of North East (IFNE) is the local organiser of this event which is co-hosted by Assam Tourism Development Corporation.

The theme of this year’s biennale is Lokparampara (lok traditions) – and how lok traditions have kept our cultural consciousness intact and strengthened our feeling of National Selfhood.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, Vice-President of India, has given his consent to inaugurate the event which will be graced by Himanta Biswa Sharma, the Chief Minister of Assam. Arif Muhammad Khan, Governor of Kerala, will be the Chief Guest at the concluding session on September 24, where RSS Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale, will deliver the keynote address. Eminent intellectuals, prominent artistes and academics will participate in various sessions.

Lokmanthan is an august occasion where artists, intellectuals and academicians drawn from different parts of the country converge and brainstorm on the questions that haunt the society with an aim to reshape the narratives to prepare and lead the nation to play its civilizational role. Besides, the three-day event will have discussions, seminars, cultural events and exhibitions which showcase the rich diversity of the nation.

Lokmanthan is being held at a time when there is an attempt by forces inimical to unity of Bharat are trying to widen the fault-lines and divisions within society. Lokmanthan is a cultural and civilizational response to such efforts and ideologies that see Bharat as a multiplicity of nations.

Talking about the Lokmanthan, J Nandakumar, the National Convenor of Prajna Pravah, says “Amid the bewildering diversities, seemingly conflicting traditions and ritualistic practices, it was the cultural thread that bound Bharat as a nation and a civilization with amazing continuity of more than 7000 years. This unity is not something that is imposed from outside or through political means or brought about by standardization of externals or of beliefs. Lokmanthan is an effort to acknowledge and encourage the diversity, celebrate the unifying forces such as Lokparampara and philosophical and find a synthesis to strengthen the National Selfhood.”

The first edition of the Lokmanthan was held in 2016 with its focus on Desh-Kal-Sthithi (the country’s contemporary Situation). The theme of the second edition of Lokmanthan held in 2018 was Bharat Bodh: Jan Gan Man; the idea of Bharat: nation-society-mind.

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