Sunday, 13 July 2014

City’s mega LitFest, Literati 2014, in November

Chandigarh Literary Society to organize 2nd edition of mega literary festival of northern region 

Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) is all set to organize the second edition of mega LitFest, Literati 2014 on 7th to 9th November 2014 at the iconic venue of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh.

CLS Chairperson Ms. Sumita Misra & Festival Director Literati informed that last year, Literati had been a resounding success with over 30 participating  authors from across the country including Bhaskar Ghose,  Jerry Pinto, Paro Anand, Kishwar Desai, Meghna Pant,  Madhu Kishwar, Prasoon Joshi,  Rahul Pandita & Ashwin  Sanghi.

For Literati-2014 over 35 noted authors including Shobhaa De, Amitabha Bagchi, Vinita Dawra Nangia, Sudha Shah, Dr. Anuradha Kapur, Benoy Behl, Narendra Mohan, Prof. Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Anita Nair, Meghna Gulzar, Shantanu Ray Chaudhary, Paro Anand, Navtej Johar, Sathya Saran, Tisca Chopra, Abha Narain Lamba, Nandita C.Puri, Ratika Kapur, Mamta Kalia and Ravinder Kalia to name a few have confirmed their participation, informed Ms Misra.

This year’s Literati shall be a three-day affair with several book launches, panel discussions, book readings, evening entertainment programmes, book stalls, and lots of literary and cultural vignettes at the Lake Club, Chandigarh, added Mr Vivek Atray. There would be series of fun activities like on-the-spot short story writing competition, writing workshop for children, photography competition, and host of other interesting engagements for the residents, he said.

Since its formation in 2012, CLS has energized the Chandigarh literary scene by hosting Meet the Author events with celebrated novelists besides organizing various workshops for budding authors, and short-story and poetry writing competitions.

Some of the celebrated authors featured in CLS programmes included actor Anupam Kher, illustrious bureaucrat Mr Pavan K. Varma (Chanakya's New Manifesto), noted diplomat Navtej Sarna (Savage Harvest), corporate honcho Chetan Mahajan (Bad Boys of Bokharo), US based Indian author Kamla Kapur (The Singing Guru), maverick actor Rahul Bose, amongst others.
Besides organizing short-story and poetry writing competitions, CLS organised Hasya Kavi Sammelan with Surender Sharma and other leading poets, Sham-E-Khusrau with the noted independent film maker Yousuf Saeed, and boot camp for the aspiring authors of the city.

Ms. Saguna Jain, Mr CJ Singh, Mr Hardeep Chandpuri were other coordinators of the Literati-2014 who briefed the media.