In a jubilant celebration of Punjab’s vibrant culture and language that resonates with the essence of its five rivers, Rhyvers Publishing, in collaboration with Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS), proudly unveiled ‘Lafznama,’ a Punjabi literary magazine. The inaugural event took place at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh.
The evening commenced with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp and the unveiling of the magazine’s maiden edition by Mr. Affan Yesvi, the Director of Rhyvers Publishing. The esteemed chief guests included Dr. Sujit Patar, Chairman of Punjab Arts Council; Dr. Sumita Misra IAS, Chairperson of CLS; Ms. Babbu Tir, Member of Punjab Public Service Commission; Dr. Lakhvinder Johal, President of Punjab Sahit Academy; and Professor Yograj Angrish, Dean of the Faculty of Languages at PU.
Ms. Ravee Pandher, the executive editor of the magazine, hosted a panel discussion titled ‘Redefining the Landscape.’ Eminent panelists such as Ms. Opinder Kaur Sekhon, Ms. Balpreet Kaur, and Mr. Subhash Bhaskar delved into discussions about Punjab’s art, culture, literature, and cinema in the digital age. The captivating poetry recitations by Nisha Luthra, Gurtej Safar, and Lily Swarn enthralled the audience.
A Musical Celebration
A highlight of the evening was the performance by Music E Mystic, a Sufi Punjabi folk band featuring Aman, Manmeet, Rajneesh, and Surender. Their melodic tapestry woven with Punjab’s folk music brought immense joy to the gathered audience.
Adding to the festivities, a bhangra performance captivated and entertained the attendees, making it a memorable part of the event.
Dr. Sumita Misra expressed in her address that ‘Lafznama’ stands as a commendable initiative aimed at promoting Punjabi literature, language, art, and culture. Dr. Sujit Patar congratulated Mr. Yesvi for launching this literary magazine, stating that languages evolve dynamically, and ‘Lafznama’ aptly showcases the grandeur and opulence of the Punjabi language.
During his speech, Mr. Affan Yesvi, Director of Rhyvers Publishing, shared that the magazine represents the celebration of “Panjabiyat,” the splendid culture and language of Punjab, the land of five rivers. He further emphasized that ‘Lafznama’ will serve as a platform for esteemed writers and poets from Punjab to showcase and honor the language’s magnificence. It will also provide emerging talents in writing and poetry with a stage to exhibit their creativity.
As a gesture of appreciation, all participants were presented with mementos, and the program was adeptly anchored by Ms. Rajender.