Putting Chandigarh on the national literary map, the Chandigarh Literature Festival (CLF) 2016 got on to an astounding start on November 10th at Chandigarh Club, with writers from across the nation who have made a name for themselves and have also done India proud present.
Mitul Dikshit (Chairman, Adab Foundation) not only welcomed and thanked everyone for being there and making the CLF possible, but also enlightening everyone about the event and what all will please the literary community over the 4 days. Dikshit informed about how in 2013 CLF adopted literary at front and thanked Annie Zaidi, the Director for CLF 2016 for making this happen again. Further tributes were payed to the deceased authors; Gurdial Singh and Neelabh Ashok.
Annie Zaidi, throwing some light on the works done by Kiran Nagarkar, called upon Mitul Dikshit, Nayantara Sahagal and V.K Karthika to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Kiran Nagarkar, a novelist, playwright, film and drama critic who has been claimed by many as the most prolific writer of the post colonial era. Nagarkar expressed his gratitude towards the Adab Foundation and emphasised on the importance of such events in the present time.
Moving forward a discussion took place between Nagarkar and V.K Karthika discussing Nagarkar’s works. He even talked about his upcoming book, ‘Jashoda‘. Leading to which then it turned into a panel discussion where Meenal Baghel, Sahagal joined the former. The discussion taking place was very knowledgeable and the students from the various school enjoyed it indeed. The atrocious attacks of 26/11 were further talked about, focusing on Zia, how he turned to a terrible person.
The discussion then took place on the topic ‘Freedom And The Writers’, where Sahagal was found quoting, “India is a home for human race”. Baghel talked about the writers against war program and how difficult the job of a journalist is now a days. Such issues being discussed caught the audience attention and didn’t let them feel the other way about literature.
All the present dignitaries mentioned repeatedly how important such and event is and how CLF has brought the readers and the writers close in a time when the reading habit is going down. The day came to an end with a tea break and promising hopes to continue.
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