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Dehradun, July 31, 2023 – This August, a groundbreaking event Varta, a one-of-a-kind cultural and literary festival comes to Uttarakhand. Varta aims to breathe new life into the vibrant and diverse stories of the Himalayan belt, with a focus on the host state of Uttarakhand. This inaugural festival will set the stage for an annual tradition celebrating the region’s rich heritage. The announcement of the festival along with the official festival poster release took place in the Press Club in Dehradun on July 31, 2023.

Varta will embrace the art, literature, and heritage of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and the UTs of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. With free admission, this inclusive event welcomes individuals from all walks of life to participate in engaging cultural and literary conversations.  

Scheduled to take place from August 18 to 20, 2023, at the Doon University in Dehradun, Varta promises a diverse and captivating program. Attendees can expect a vibrant cultural montage that showcases the Himalayan contributions to India’s ancient cultural heritage. The festival will feature exciting book launches, thought-provoking literary panels, and insightful seminars, where renowned authors and talented folk artists will share their experiences and perspectives. Interactive audio-video presentations and immersive workshops will create an immersive experience in the world of art and literature.

In addition, Varta will foster creativity among young minds with state-level inter-school and college competitions in folk, art, storytelling and creative writing. The festival will also provide a platform for talented folk artisans and regional authors to display their exceptional works, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of local folk arts and offer support to these creators. As this literary festival comes to Uttarakhand captivating folk performances will shine a spotlight on the cultural richness of Uttarakhand’s Garhwal and Kumaon regions. 

“We are thrilled to present Varta, a three-day cultural and literary fest in the Himalayas,” said Dr. Uday Kakroo, President of Varta. “This event will serve as a platform for artists, authors, and schools to come together and celebrate the rich heritage of literature, art, storytelling, and folk traditions of the Himalayan region. We invite everyone to join us in this unique and creative space for conversations that bring these stories to life.”

The event organizers, including the national-award-winning nonprofit Millennium India Education Foundation (MIEF), Sahakar Bharati, and Peerbagh, have joined forces to create an unforgettable experience. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the official website at Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #VartaDoon2023.

Media Contact:

Upasna Kakroo
CEO, Peerbagh