The 6th Delhi Literature Festival (Feb 23 to 25, 2018) to begin on Feb 23rd

Eminent speakers, authors and publishers like Sanil Sachar, Ashwin Sanghi, Anant Padmanabhan, Chiki Sarkar, Durjoy Dutta, Mayank Austen Sufi, Nilotpal Mrinal, Minu Bakshi, Ashish Chaudhary, Ankit Lal, Prashant Jha, Rajat Sethi Milee Ashwarya, Rakshanda Jalil amongst others to be part of this edition Feb 16, 2018, New Delhi: The sixth edition of the 3-day Delhi Literature Festival is all set to kick off from February 23 rd at Dilli Haat, Opposite INA market in New Delhi. Founder Director of Delhi Literature Festival, Ms. Bharati Bhargava announced the programme and objectives at a press conference held at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place, New Delhi on Feb 16, 2018.

Speakingabout the festival Founder Director of Delhi Literature Festival, Ms. BharatiBhargava said, “We are delighted to come up with the sixth edition of DelhiLiterature Festival (Feb 23 to 25, 2018) with much acclaimed authors andspeakers. The 3 day festival will hold many discussions and book readings asgreat attractions. Our objective is to promote young and inspiring authors,inculcate reading habits among the youth, and promote Indian literature acrossthe globe.”She further added, “With a host of speakers, including Sanil Sachar, AshwinSanghi, Durjoy Dutta, Minu Bakshi, Milee Ashwarya, Simran Khara, Chiki Sarkar,Jaya Jaitly, Rakshanda Jalil, Mayank Austeen Sufi, Nilotpal Mrinal, R V Smith,Ankit Lal, Prashant Jha, Anant Padmanabhan, Rajat Sethi, Riva Ganguli Das,Parismita Singh and many more, Delhi literature festival promises to be anextravaganza for bibliophiles and intellectuals.”   The festival will open with a musical session where Minu Bakshi, singer andauthor, will share her views. After Minu Bakshi the festival will be followedby a discussion with author Sanil Sachar whose book ‘Rebound’ has created asensation. There are many other thought-provoking sessions for audience. Afterthe fiasco that led to his boycotting the Jaipur Literature Festival in thewake of the controversy centering on the film Padmaavat, poet lyricist PrasoonJoshi Chairperson CBFC is expected to attend the festival too.The first day (Feb 23, 2018), will have speakers like Anant Padmanabhan, MileeAshwarya & Simran Khara, who will participate in a discussion on ‘Thegrowth of crowd-sourced writing’ in the new-age publishing industry. Topicalissues and insights will be integral to the discussions with a Q&A sessiontowards the end. The Delhi Government, which has always supported the festival,will have its strong presence at the festival this year too. With their focuson its primary agenda of education, Delhi government’s Deputy Chief Minister ofDelhi Manish Sisodia will speak on ‘Education for Empowerment’ as part of theinaugural session.On the second day of the festival (Feb 24, 2018), a panel discussion on ‘NaiWali Hindi’ will keep the lovers of Hindi Literature absorbed as speakers likeNilotpal Mrinal & Ashish Chaudhary (Westland) will share their views on thepresent day status of Hindi Literature in India. Another discussion on theGanga Jamuni Tehzeeb will be the highlight of the day where Delhi’shistoriographer R V Smith, blogger-photojournalist Mayank Austen Sufi andhistorian Rakshanda Jalil will look at the age-old amalgamation of the Hinduand Muslim practices that have always been an integral part ofIndia.  

Jaya Jaitly will discuss about her book ‘Life Among: The Scorpions: Memoirs ofa woman in Indian Politics’. In her book, as an Indian politician, she looksback at her journey and recounts how the going got tougher with her everysuccess, perhaps because she was a woman. The book also marks thirty years ofJaya Jaitly’s political journey. In another session Publisher Chiki Sarkarwill talk about her initiative, ‘Getting Published,’ and novelist ParismitaSingh will talk about her book “Peace Has Come on” the second day of festival.The last day of the festival (Feb 25, 2018) will start with a short play- LaghuNatak, performed by young artistes of Delhi and will move on to a discussion onthe book ‘Trials of Truth’ by Pinky Anand & Gauri Goburdhun. There will bea discussion on social media’s role in democracy by Ankit Lal (Hachette),Prashant Jha (Juggernaut) and Rajat Sethi (Penguin Random House). Day 3 willalso have a session on Raj Kapoor by his daughter Rita Nanda as also on ‘TheBoy with a broken heart’ by Durjoy Dutta.Besides a session with Additional Solicitor General of India at the SupremeCourt of India Pinky Anand, the festival will also have a concluding sessionwhere Editor in Chief Zee News Sudhir Chaudhary.Oxford Bookstore, one of the best known Indian book store chains,will be displaying a wide range of books during the 3-day festival.

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