The second edition of the Chandigarh Literature Festival (CLF),2013,aims at putting the city on the national literary map. This will be done by adopting a unique format for the festival that is to be be inaugurated at The Taj Hotel on November 7. Great literature requires great criticism,to paraphrase literary theorist Terry Eagleton. CLF,2013 intends to be an exercise in great criticism.
The fest will kick off on Thursday with a panel discussion of authors and critics on What comes first: Great writing or Great criticism?,which will be followed by an evening with poets of Chandigarh.
The three-day fest will include panel discussions touching upon literature,politics and society along with a variety of events aimed at increasing audience participation,besides a Guess-the-Book reading sessions. Art and writing competitions and other interactive exercises will also be part of the fest.
Midnights Children,a film by Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie,will also be screened at the festival. Director Deepa Mehta will also visit the festival that is to continue till November 10.
At the festival,13 books will be dissected,analysed and read out,with 13 of Indias leading literary critics invited to nominate a book each of their choice. Chandigarh-based Theatre for Theatre group will enact passages from some of these books.
This unique format of celebrating books rather than the authors is what we have strived for, said Mitul Dixit,Chairman,Adab Foundation.
Critics and authors participating in the festival will contribute a piece of original writing in a genre of their choice,which will be compiled in an anthology dedicated to the city of Chandigarh. This format will become a blue-print for the Chandigarh Literature Festival for years to come.
Schedule for the fest
Manzilain The Destinations: Author Mahmood Shaam in conversation with critic Nirupama Dutt;
This Side That Side: Restoring Partition: Author Vishwajyoti Ghosh in conversation with critic Giriraj Kiradoo;
Day Scholar: Author Siddharth Chowdhury in conversation with critic Trisha Gupta;
Cuckold: Author Kiran Nagarkar in conversation with critic Jerry Pinto.
The Mirror of Beauty: Author Shamsur Rahman Faruqi in conversation with critic Ashok Vajpeyi; The Extras: Author Kiran Nagarkar in conversation with critic Manjula Padmanabhan;
Patna Roughcut: Author Siddharth Chowdhury in conversation with critic Jerry Pinto;
Shanti Parav: Author Desraj Kali in conversation with critic Nirupama Dutt;
Adi Parva: Author Amruta Patil in conversation with critic Deepanjana Pal;
‘Bolero Class: Author Prabhat Ranjan in conversation with critic Satyanand Nirupam.
The Mirror of Beauty: Author Shamsur Rahman Faruqi in conversation with critic M Asaduddin;
Kari: Author Amruta Patil in conversation with critic Manjula Narayan;
The Competent Authority: Author Shovon Chowdhury in conversation with critic Deepanjana Pal;
Death in Mumbai: Author Meenal Baghel in conversation with critic Trisha Gupta;
Em and the Big Hoom: Author Jerry Pinto in conversation with critic Nirupama Dutt.
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