Chandigarh, July 21, 2015: Adab Foundation has announced dates for the Chandigarh Literature Festival (CLF) for the current year. It will be held from 6th to 8th November 2015 at Chandigarh Club. Chandigarh based Adab Foundation is a non-profit registered society that aims to bring Writers, Poets, Actors, Scriptwriters & Thespians together on a single platform to initiate a meaningful exchange of ideas. This year’s fest will introduce a first for the region -- Literature Across Frontiers (LAF), which is a European Platform for literary exchange, translation, and policy debate. Under this a week-long workshop and discussion will see 5 European Poets & 5 National poets discuss and translate one another’s poems
Eminent personalities attending the CLF this year include Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Sudeep Sen, Gulzar, Dilip Padgaonkar,Sukrita Paul Kumar, Aditya Mani Jha, Parvati, Shougat Das Gupta, Kaushik Barua, Mihir S Sharma, Sampurna Chatterjee, Nirupama Dutt,Alexandera Buchler,Nisha Susan,Devika.J, Kiran Nagarkar,Naintara Sehgal,Jai Arjun Singh,Annie Zaidi, Seema Alavi, Brinda Datta, Rukhmini Bhaya Nair and filmmakers, Navdeep Singh, Sharat Katariya, Sriram Raghvan, Neeraj Ghaywaan, and film critics-Trisha Gupta, Mihir Pandya and Bharadwaj Rangan. The list reads like a who’s-who of the literary world, which is a clear indication of the success of CFL in these past three years.
The fest will take off from 6th November with Biblio@20: a celebration of Biblio magazine. A panel discussion comprising some of Biblio's founding members and its current editorial team members, including Dileep Padgaonkar, Rukhmini Bhaya Nair,Brinda Datta and Seema Alavi walking us through the journey of India’s most respected literary magazine, helping us understand the world-view that keeps such an endeavour going. The Inaugural session would be followed by a discussion of ‘Fractals’ between Dr.Shashi Tharoor and poet Sudeep Sen. A discussion on Dr.Shashi Tharoor’s ‘India Shastra’, will conclude the inaugural day. The highlight of the second day would be Sukrita Paul Kumar in discussion with Gulzar and translator Nirupama Dutt on the ‘Pluto Poems’.
It is also planned to debate 15 individual books which will be dissected, analysed and read out. Nine of India’s leading literary critics have been invited to nominate a book of their choice and six books (3 Fiction 3 Non Fiction) will be covered and reviewed by a panel of ‘Biblio’ magazine. “This unique format of celebrating the books rather than the authors has interestingly been the face of CLF’s. We are really pleased to celebrate ‘Biblio’ magazine’s 20 years of existence, also a workshop involving 5 European Poets and 5 National makes CLF more interesting,” says Mr Mitul Dixit, Chairman, Adab Foundation.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015