All India Radio (AIR), Hyderabad, will organise a Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan (National Symposium of Poets) on Thursday at APSRTC Kala Bhavan in Baghlingampally.
Governor ESL Narasimhan will inaugurate the event. As many as 66 poets (comprising the 22 original poets and 44 others who will translate the poems into Hindi and English) will participate in the symposium.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, AIR director general R Venkateswarlu said the national symposium of poets is an annual event and was being organised regularly since 1956.
The event is special this year as it is being organised in South for the first time and that too in Hyderabad, he said.
This symposium of poets is an endeavour to provide a creative platform to national integration and linguistic harmony through mutual interaction and coordinated presentation of the best in contemporary poetry of all Indian languages, he said. “This programme is a reflection of the rich cultural and literary heritage of Indian languages, incomparable with any other programme in its status and grandeur,” he remarked.
He said the poems in regional languages will be translated into Hindi and English and the recording of the event would be broadcast on the national network of AIR on January 25 at 10 p.m. “This recording is also made available to all regional stations, so they can highlight the regional poets and can also translate into the regional language and broadcast from the respective stations, he said.
Venkateswarulu said along with poets from Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit, poets from 22 Indian languages like Assamese, Bangla, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Kashmiri, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marthi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Urdu, Santali, Bodo, Dogri would participate in the event.
Rise in Listenership
The AIR director general said that in the last one year there has been an increase of 30 percent in AIR listenership.
Keeping the evergrowing demands of the listeners, AIR was planning to set up new FM stations across the country, he said.
AIR presently has 407 FM stations including 22 FM Rainbow and 4 FM Gold and 585 broadcasting centres in the country.
Similarly, there are about 242 private FM stations across the country and the government was planning to allow another 839 new private FM stations.
He said AIR programmes are now available in DTH and internet. “FM Gold and Urdu service are available in internet and more services would be made available on internet soon,’’ he said 80 p.c Increase in Revenue: The AIR was expecting 80 percent increase in revenue in the financial year 2013-14. “Last year our revenue stood at Rs 376 crore and this year till now we have crossed Rs 307 crore and by the end of the financial year we are expecting to touch Rs 440 crore.
The AIR has been allocated Rs 800 crore for the year 2013-14.