4th Chandigarh Literature Festival: Writers, critics to dominate local literary scene from November 5-8

The inaugural session, to be moderated by Sagarika Ghose, will be about Biblio’s — a leading literary magazine’s journey and the changing landscape of literary criticism over the past two decades.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: October 24, 2015 4:24 am
Chandigarh Literature Festival, 4th Chandigarh Literature Festival, CLF 2015, chandigarh news Mitul Dikshit (right), chairman, Adab Foundation, and Akshay Kumar Gupta, professor of English, Panjab University, during the media conference to announce the 4th Chandigarh Literature Festival-2015 on Friday. (Express Photo)

ADAB FOUNDATION, a Chandigarh-based non-profit registered society that aims to bring writers, poets, actors, scriptwriters and thespians together on a single platform to initiate a meaningful exchange of ideas, on Friday rolled out its schedule of the 4th Chandigarh Literature Festival (CLF 2015).

Mitul Dikshit, chairman, Adab Foundation, and Akshay Kumar Gupta, Professor of English, PU, who is also one of the critics during the festival, talked about how the festival had an absorbing line-up for book lovers, film buffs and people who love knowing what new Indian writing is all about.

Adab has collaborated with Panjab University for this year’s edition. Scheduled for November 5-8 at Chandigarh Club in Sector 1, Chandigarh, the festival will begin with an introduction by Jai Arjun Singh, festival director.

The inaugural session, to be moderated by Sagarika Ghose, will be about Biblio’s — a leading literary magazine’s journey and the changing landscape of literary criticism over the past two decades.

A panel discussion comprising its current editorial team members, including Dileep Padgaonkar, Rukhmini Bhaya Nair, Brinda Datta and Seema Alavi, will walk the audience through the journey of the magazine.

The second session on the inaugural day is a special one where Kiran Nagarkar will speak with famous writer Nayantara Sahgal about her large body of work. “CLF 2015 has a razor-sharp focus, being primarily made up of sessions where a critic is in conversation with an author about a specific book, nominated beforehand by the critic. We asked the Biblio editorial team to nominate a few of their favourite books across categories and then scheduled sessions where those books would be discussed. Six of the nominations, three each in fiction and non-fiction, were made by Biblio,” said Mitul Dikshit.

Day 2, November 6, will see ‘Fractals’ poet Sudeep Sen in conversation with critic Shashi Tharoor. ‘Bedtime Stories’ author Kiran Nagarkar in conversation with critic Jai Arjun Singh is slated to be interesting. ‘Eating God’ author Arundhathi Subramaniam will be in conversation with critic Akshaya Kumar Gupta. A session of ‘Would You Like Some Bread with That Book’ author Veena Venogopal, who will be in conversation with critic Poorva Rajaram, is an attraction. ‘Landscapes of Fear: Understanding Impunity’ author Navsharan in conversation with critic Manisha Sethi will be next. ‘Righteous Republic’ author Ananya Vajpeyi in conversation with critic Dileep Padgaonkar will be up next.

Day 3, November 7, will see ‘The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love’ author Parvati Sharma in conversation with critic Aditya Mani Jha. ‘India Shastra’ author Shashi Tharoor will be in conversation with critic Mihir Sharma. ‘When God Is A Traveller’ author Arundhathi Subramaniam in conversation with critic Nirupama Dutt will follow. ‘60 Indian Poets’ author Jeet Thayil in conversation with critic Jennifer Robertson is also scheduled. ‘Barf Aashna Parindey’ author Tarannum Riyaz will be in conversation with critic Noor Zaheer. This will be followed by ‘Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an Alien’ poet Sampurna Chatterjee in conversation with critic Arundhathi Subramaniam.

Day 4, November 8, will be the final day of CLF 2015 and will see interesting sessions. ‘The Sly Company of People Who Care’ author Rahul Bhattacharya will be in conversation with critic Rukmini Bhaya Nair. ‘Bhai Jaita’s Sri Gur Katha’ author Neeti Singh will be in conversation with critic Desraj Kali. ‘1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh’ author Srinath Raghavan will be in conversation with critic Sukumar Muralidharan while ‘Srajan Ka Rasayan’ author Shivmurti will be in conversation with critic Satyanand Nirupam. A unique session on literary criticism by Rajni George, Satish Padmanabhan,Trisha Gupta, Rukmini Bhaya Nair and Jai Arjun Singh will be held. ‘Dream Chasers’ author Sukriti Paul will be in conversation with critic Nirupama Datt. ‘No Direction Rome’ author Kaushik Barua will be in conversation with critic Shougat Dasgupta. ‘Churning the Earth’ authors Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari will be in conversation with critic Darryl D’Monte, and ‘Pluto’ poet Gulzar and translator Nirupama Dutt will be in conversation with critic Sukriti Paul.

“We will be celebrating films too at CLF 2015. Four film sessions featuring directors, screenwriters and some fine critics will be organised. Baradwaj Rangan will discuss Badlapur with director Sriram Raghavan, Trisha Gupta will discuss NH10 with director Navdeep Singh and writer Sudip Sharma. Mihir Pandya will discuss Marathi film Killa with director Avinash Arun and Uday Bhatia will discuss Masaan with director Neeraj Ghaywan and writer Varun Grover. All these films will also be screened,” said Akshay Kumar.

‘Out of Print’ magazine’s Indira Chandrasekhar will hold writing workshops for young writers.
“Over three days in Chandigarh’s early November chill, the nominated books would be read out, enacted, discussed and debated. Each session would be unpredictable, riveting, informal and intimate. The critics and authors participating in the festival will contribute a piece of original writing in a genre of their choice. These contributions will be compiled in an anthology dedicated to the city of Chandigarh,” said Mitul Dikshit.
There will be a variety of events aimed at increasing audience participation. These will include guess-the-book reading sessions, art and writing competitions et al.
On November 6th, the audience can look forward to an evening performance by renowned Sufi singer Azaad and on 7th, an evening performance by a Delhi-based band GURUZ will be held.

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