Mr. Lalit Mohan Joshi (Editor – South
Asian Cinema) while discussing the award winning book of Mr. Govind Sharma, expressed his opinion that this book will prove
to be a bridge between Hindi Cinema and Hindi literature.
In turn, Mr. Govind Sharma hoped that sooner
rather than later various activities connected to Hindi films, like script writing, song writing etc. would find place in
the curriculum of the various universities of India.
Deepti Kumar presented a
dramatic reading of a few excerpts from the award winning novel KAISEE AAGEE LAGAI.
Lord King congratulated both
the award winners and hoped that the foundation for a new tradition has been laid today and it would be in order that the
next function is held in the House of Commons.
Councilor Zakia Zubairi commended
Katha UK for creating a new identity for
South Asian literature. She impressed upon the point that to establish the literature of Hindi and other languages we must
involve the local people with them.
Dr. Atul Khare, Minister
Culture in the High Commission of India welcomed people to the House of Lords and talked about the long association Katha
UK has with the Nehru Centre. In his inimitable
style he invited Katha UK back to its
home at the Nehru Centre.
Noted writer Usha Raje Saxena
read the citation for Mr. Govind Sharma. Mr. Rakesh Dubey, Hindi and Culture Officer at the High Commission of India, congratulated
the writers and expressed his opinion that the House of Lords has been honoured as Katha UK
award function for Hindi literature had been held there.
The Vote of thanks was passed
by Tejendra Sharma himself. Dr. Nikhil Kaushik from Wales
acted as the master of ceremonies.
The Moses Room was full with guests. Among those
present were Suraj Prakash and Professor Nand Lal Pathak both literary figures from Mumbai and Mr. Jawahar Karnawat and Mr.
Roop Arora from Delhi. Mr. Kailash Budhwar, Mrs. Achala Sharma,
Dr. Gautam Sachdev, Dr. Satyendra Srivastava, Divya Mathur, Dr. Jagdish Dave (Guajarati), Ved Mohla, Mahendra Dwesar Deepak,
Kadambari Mehra, Satish Chandra Singh, Arun Trivedi, Inder Syal, K.B.L. Saxena, Punjabi writers K.C. Mohan and Gurpal Singh
and Professor Mughal Ameen and Dr. Bose from the Urdu world.