Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Literature for villages

At first glance, the municipal school building in Topiwala Lane of Grant Road doesn’t grab anybody’s attention. This dusty building houses the office of Granthali, a readers’ movement that is celebrating 35 years of service this year.

The movement was founded by a group of journalists and social activists in 1975 to popularise literature among people in rural areas. “In those days, Marathi books were published only in big cities like Mumbai and Pune. Publishers ignored the rural areas. Granthali was formed in a bid to make books available to people in the rural areas,” says Sudesh Hinglaspurkar, one of the trustees.

Granthali borrows books from publishers of Marathi books and conducts exhibitions in rural areas. “So far, we have conducted around 800 such exhibitions and the response has been overwhelming. Educated people in the rural areas of Maharashtra were never exposed to this kind of literary movement and they welcomed our efforts wholeheartedly.

Full report here Indian Express

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