Jaipur has one, Kolkata has one, so could Delhi be far behind? For the first time ever, the city will host the Delhi Literature Festival, showcasing the best of the creative world, on February 9-10.
The first edition of the festival, to be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, seeks to celebrate art and literature and will feature book launches, panel discussions, readings, exhibitions and musical performances. It is expected to be attended by the likes of Advaita Kala, Anuja Chauhan, Chetan Bhagat, Manu Joseph, Jeet Thayil, Javed Akhtar and Rashmi Bansal.
The two-day festival will have interesting sessions such as a panel discussion on Beyond the Blog: New Media and the Future of Literacy by authors and bloggers like Jai Arjun Singh, Anna MMVetticad, Madhuri Banerjee and moderated by Suhel Seth. Other must-attend sessions, include those on Contemporary Hindi Literature, Poetry & Politics: How well do they mix? and Solidarity on Trial.
Various books will also be launched during the duration of the festival such as "My Lawfully Wedded Husband" by Madhulika Liddle and "Lullaby of the Ever-Returning" by Sarabjeet Garcha.
"DLF 13 along with well established authors and publishers, aims to provide a platform to the Indie publishers and promote budding authors," said Supriya Suri, Artistic Director of Cinedarbaar Welfare Society, the conceptualizers of the event. The festival will be presented by the Unnati Fortune Group.