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Chandigarh literary festival to celebrate creativity and literature

punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2015 15:41 IST
Harjeet Inder Singh Sahi
Harjeet Inder Singh Sahi
Hindustan Times

The Literati 2015 poster being released at Haryana Panchayat Bhawan in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

To facilitate interactions on public accountability, lingual diversity, poetry, detective writing, theatre, travel writing and many more under one roof is indeed ‘No Child’s Play’, which is also the title of a session on children’s literature at the upcoming Literati 2015.

Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS), presided over by prominent bureaucrats of the tricity, is trying its best not to make the literary event a drab affair marred by red tape. The schedule was immaculately announced at the Haryana Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 28, by CLS chairperson Sumita Misra on Tuesday.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader MJ Akbar will deliver the keynote address at the Lake Club on November 6 and kick off the fest. ‘Sufi’ performance by Gurnazar Chattha at the Chandigarh Golf Club will round off the opening day.

When claiming to be ‘different’ has become a fashion of sorts, a look at the sessions at the fest reveals some success on this count. “The CLS does things differently by giving prominence to content and substance rather than making it a celebrity-driven event,” said Misra.

Beginning of the second day will witness sound bites in a session with author Nayantara Sahgal, and playwright and novelist Kiran Nagarkar. The next session will feature poet Ashok Vajpeyi to discuss the shifting contours of art.

On the controversy surrounding some Sahitya Akademi recipients retur ning their awards, CLS secretary Madhav Kaushik said, “The festival is not meant for creating a sensation, but to celebrate creativity and literature.” Civil rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad’s presence at the fest on the second day will make a keen statement of the right to dissent amid the shrinking space for public discourse and transparency in the country. The premiere of Sohaila Kapur’s play “Sohbat” will immerse the spectators into a ‘Sufi’ overdrive.

Lovers of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” have a treat on children’s literature lined up for them on the third day. This will be followed by a serious session on public accountability featuring political commentator Tavleen Singh and justice (retd) Leila Seth. Amid many interesting sessions on the last day, the sessions on travel writing and “Three Musketeers” will be keenly watched with the musketeers being Bhishm Sahni, Ismat Chugtai and Saadat Hasan Manto.