Adab Foun­da­tion to or­gan­ise the 7th Chandigarh Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val

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The sev­enth edi­tion of Chandigarh Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val (CLF) will kick start from No­vem­ber 1. The path-break­ing lit­er­ary works by some of In­dia’s best au­thors will be cel­e­brated at the fes­ti­val.

The CLF will be or­gan­ised by the Adab Foun­da­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Post Grad­u­ate Govern­ment Col­lege for Girls, Sec­tor 11, Chandigarh, on the col­lege cam­pus from No­vem­ber 1 to 3. In the three-day lit­er­ary fer­vour, the fes­ti­val will see some of In­dia’s best au­thors in­ter­act­ing with the at­ten­dees about the books nom­i­nated by ex­perts.

The ses­sions will be con­ducted by a critic who will be in con­ver­sa­tion with the au­thors.

De­tails of the fes­ti­val were shared by Adab Foun­da­tion chair­man Mi­tul Dik­shit. Adab Foun­da­tion is a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that is com­mit­ted to­wards prop­a­ga­tion of art and lit­er­a­ture. Dik­shit was ac­com­pa­nied by CLF fes­ti­val di­rec­tor An­nie Zaidi, who is an award-win­ning au­thor, po­et­ess and play­wright.

“We have some­thing fresh in store for the lit­er­a­ture lovers. This year, Ta­masha group will present ‘Blank Page’, an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the con­tem­po­rary In­dian po­etry through the­atre, mu­sic and move­ment. The group’s per­form­ers will also read a series of short sto­ries. We will also hold a unique po­etry event. A spe­cial po­etry trans­la­tors’ per­for­mance will see po­etry from dif­fer­ent lan­guages and from across the globe, ren­dered into English and other In­dian lan­guages,” Dik­shit said.

The fes­ti­val will see en­gag­ing ses­sions be­tween crit­ics and au­thors from across In­dia.

“The 12 books be­ing cel­e­brated this year are ‘Ek thi Maina, Ek tha Kumhar’, ’Di­wali in Muzaf­far­na­gar’ , ‘The Epic City - The World on the Streets of Cal­cutta’, ‘The Wild­ings’, ‘The Other Sto­ries of Dif­fer­ence’, ‘Jal Thal Mal’, ‘If I had to Tell it Again’, ‘Daugh­ters of the Sun’, ‘Avail­able Light’, ‘Padmavat’, ‘The Big Small Town: How Life Looks From Chandigarh’ and ‘The Bal­lad of Kazi­ranga’,” said An­nie.

In Tanuj Solanki’s ‘Di­wali in Muzaf­far­na­gar’, young men and women travel be­tween the past and the present, the me­trop­o­lis and the small town and be­tween soli­tude and fam­ily. Critic Omair Ah­mad will be seen in dis­cus­sion with the au­thor.

‘The Epic City - The World on the Streets of Cal­cutta’ is a mas­ter­ful and en­tirely fresh por­trait of great hopes and dashed dreams in a myth­i­cal city from a ma­jor new lit­er­ary voice. Au­thor Kush­nava Choud­hary will be en­gaged by critic Kunal Ray. The book ‘The Other Sto­ries of Dif­fer­ence’ by award-win­ning writer Paro Anand ex­poses the se­crets and sor­rows — and courage — that are part of to­day’s life. Swati Daf­tuar will talk to Paro. ‘If I had to Tell it Again’ is a mem­oir about a daugh­ter’s dif­fi­cult love for a flawed, pas­sion­ate and larger-than-life fa­ther. Critic Jonathan Gil Har­ris will be in con­ver­sa­tion with au­thor Gay­athri Prabhu.

‘Daugh­ters of the Sun’ is the story of around 15 women, who in­flu­enced the his­tory of the Great Mughals, from Babur to Au­rangzeb. Critic Ru­mina Sethi and au­thor Ira Mukhoty will in­ter­act in a session.

‘Avail­able Light’ is a col­lec­tion of 360 po­ems writ­ten over 25 years. The book has been widely seen as one of the best vol­umes of po­etry to have come out of In­dia in re­cent times. Ak­shay Ku­nar critic and au­thor C P Suren­dran will en­gage in a session.

In the book ‘Padmavat’, renowned Kabir and Bhakti scholar Pu­rushot­tam Agrawal will show how his­tory, mythol­ogy, imag­i­na­tion and fan­tasy meet to­gether to form a seam­less epic in a session with critic Kr­ishna Ku­mar.

‘The Big Small Town: How Life Looks From Chandigarh’ is a book that goes be­yond the ob­ses­sion with the Chandigarh’s plan­ning and ar­chi­tec­ture. It dwells into an as­pect that has hardly been ex­plored be­fore.

This time, the fes­ti­val ex­plores a new genre by cel­e­brat­ing two books around wildlife — Ni­lan­jana S Roy’s award-win­ning book ‘The Wild­ings’ and Dileep Chan­dan’s ‘Bal­lad of Kazi­ranga’ .

Also, there is some­thing for the movie buffs to look for­ward to at the CLF 2018. Two films that will be screened at the fes­ti­val in­clude Amar Kaushik’s di­rec­to­rial de­but ‘Stree’ and Shoo­jit Sirkar’s ‘Oc­to­ber’. The screen­ing will be fol­lowed by ses­sions with Kaushik and Sirkar.

“This time, we have cu­rated the fes­ti­val in a way which has all el­e­ments to at­tract lit­er­ary en­thu­si­asts, po­etry lovers and film buffs,” sums up Dixit.


Adab Foun­da­tion chair­man Mi­tul Dik­shit and CLF fes­ti­val di­rec­tor An­nie Zaidi shar­ing de­tails about the up­com­ing edi­tion of the Chandigarh Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val will be held from No­vem­ber 1 to 3 at the Post Grad­u­ate Govern­ment Col­lege for Girls, Sec­tor 11, Chandigarh.

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