Thursday, March 4, 2010

Words’ Worth

The city’s first literary fest served as a forum where readers and writers could interact

Around 300 participants, from India and abroad, participated in the first Chandigarh LitFest, which dovetailed into the tenth international conference of MELOW, the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the World. The three-day event, organised by Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi (CSA) in collaboration with Panjab University, hosted a number of plenary lectures,poetry and story reading sessions and book exhibition, creating a forum where writers and readers got to interact with each other. As part of the event, writers Shashi Deshpande, Manjula Padmanabhan, Mamta Kalia, Namita Gokhale and Malashri Lal spoke at length on February 28 on Contemporary Issues: Literature and Culture since 1980.

“CSA aims to operate on the local, national and international levels. Thanks to it, the city now has a platform to host literary events like panel discussions, book-launches, mushairas, lectures and creative writing competitions. We also invite distinguished writers, artists and academics from outside Chandigarh,” says Manju Jaidka, chairperson of CSA. The Litfest has become an opportunity to put the Akademi on the world map and forge connections between the city and the big world outside. “The idea is to promote genuine talent in the field of art and literature,” adds Jaidka.

Full report here Indian Express

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