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Three-Day Chandigarh Literature Festival: Event kicks off today, to have performances based on literature

By November 10, 2017November 13th, 2017No Comments

Source : The Indian Express

Poetrification will be held on the inaugural day after the panel discussion, Writing Scared: Freedom of Expression & Punjabi Literature.


GETTING authors, critics and readers on a common platform is the Adab Foundation, which is organising the sixth edition of the Chandigarh Literature Festival 2017, in association with the department of English and cultural studies, Panjab University, from November 10 to 12.

“This year’s festival will introduce a first for the region, performances based on literature. Under this, Qissebaazi will be performed by Danish Husain and Manu Sikander Dhingra from The Hoshruba Repertory. Qissebaazi expands and builds upon traditional storytelling and is a multilingual platform with multiple performers, in which they showcase a theatrical presentation which is still, distinctively, storytelling,” said Mitul Dikshit, Adab Foundation chairman, and festival director Annie Zaidi, a noted writer and poet.

Poetrification will be presented by Danish Husain, Denzil Smith and Beven Fonseca. While Denzil will perform his favourite English poets from the subcontinent, Dom Moraes, A K Ramanujan, Jeet Thayil, Arundhathi Subramaniam, et al, Danish will regale with his favourite Urdu poets, Ghalib, Noon Meem Rashed, Faiz, Akhtarul Iman, Afzal Ahmed Syed and all through this, Beven helps clothe these words by placing some musical notes under their feet.

Poetrification will be held on the inaugural day after the panel discussion, Writing Scared: Freedom of Expression & Punjabi Literature. Acclaimed writers Nayantara Sahgal and Kiran Nagarkar will be present during the inaugural session, which will start at 4 pm on November 10 at PU’s Balwant Gargi Open Air Theatre.

Day Two (November 11) will see engaging sessions between some of the best authors of the country and well-established critics and literary experts. Author of novel Jasoda, Nagarkar will be seen in conversation with critic Sreenivasan Jain. Another session readers can look forward to is of Hindi poet and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Mangalesh Dabral, who will be in conversation with critic Asad Zaidi on his book, Naye Yug Mein Shatru.

Nayantara Sahgal will be seen in conversation with Kiran Nagarkar on her book, When the Moon Shines by Day, on Day Three. Hansda Sowendra Shekhar will talk with critic Vivek Menzes, a widely published writer and photographer from Goa, about his book, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, which has won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. Hansda was in the news when the Jharkhand government banned his book, The Adivasi will not Dance, saying it had shown Santhal women “in a bad light”. A unique session on poetry, ‘New Words: Young Poets Present their Works in English, Hindi and Punjabi’, is a multi-lingual event and a platform for young poets. The session will be curated by Akhil Katyal and Amy Singh. This session is the concluding session of CLF on November 12.

On the concluding day, Anaarkali of Aarah will be screened, followed by a discussion between director Avinash Das and critic Mihir Pandya. “This time, we have curated a festival, which will have all elements to attract literary enthusiasts, film and art lovers,” promises Zaidi.


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