Adab Foundation to organise the 7th Chandigarh Literature Festival
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.