“Sipping coffee and discussing literature, poetry and Rumi beside the lake with people who would appreciate the beauty in this, that is what Literati did for us.”
With two literature fests being organized in the city at about the same time, the limited amount of literature enthusiasts from the city were divided wishing both the awaited events could possibly take place at different points of time during the year.
Chandigarh Literary Society’s fest, Literati ,organized at Lake Club from 6th to 8th November, saw a great deal of audience from the city including the always expected veterans as well as some newbies.
While the first day saw the inaugural ceremony and a Sufi Magic concert by Gurnazar Chattha and group, the second day witnessed a guftgoo (conversation) with the Sahitya Academy Award winner and Jawaharlal Nehru’s niece, Nayantara Sehgal.
The second day also witnessed a book launch of Nilanjan Mukhoadhya’s “Sikhs: The Untold Agony of 1984”. Highlight of the day was however staging of the play, “Sohbat”, a take on Rumi, gathering Rumi lover poets from the city.
The finale of the fest, Sunday, the 8th, however was amusing as well as enlightening! The various sessions discussed important themes such as “Is public accountability a myth?”, “Wanderlust- The stuff of fantasy”, “Environment and gender in danger?”among many more.
A session called Virtually Yours saw Gul Panag, Chandra Shekhar Verma
and Sandip Roy talk about the ins and outs of virtual media with Vivek Atray playing the moderator charming the audience.
Fursat Mein saw poets like Madhav Kaushik and Sharda Singh woo budding young poets and making them falling in love with shayari along the waters.
Budding talent was given a stage when musicians from the city played while public had lunch.
The special appearances of the day included famous people from diverse fields such as actor Gul Panag, film directorSudhir Mishra, journalist Bahar Dutt , with the main achievement of the day being a session with the first woman Chief Justice of India, Leila Seth.
Chandigarh saw its share of slam poetry where students of various colleges of Chandigarh along with other budding poets from the city recited their beautifully composed original poems.
We’re already excited for the fest next year, are you?
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Currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from MCM DAV College. An avid reader with an immense love for dancing. I enjoy music, poetry and art.