Thursday 15 December 2022

Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker to inaugurate Literati tomorrow

Shri Gian Chand Gupta, Speaker of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, shall inaugurate the 10th edition of Literati, the Chandigarh Literary  Festival, tomorrow at the Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula with Hasya Kavi Sammelan informed festival director and chairperson of Chandigarh Literary Society, Dr Sumita Misra, IAS.

The kavi sammelan is being held with the support of Haryana Sahitya Akademi, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana.

Dr Misra informed that the famous poet Surender Sharma, along with other five renowned poets known for their humour, wit, and satire would be participating, including Shambhu Shikhar, Dr. Sita Sagar, Anil Agravanshi, Chirag Jain and Ved Parkash Ved.

The programme shall begin at 6pm and entry is free  

Later, for 17-18 December, Literati 2020, shall be held at the Sukhna Lake Club, she informed.

Sunday 12 December 2021

Chandigarh LitFest Literati21 Schedule for 12th December

 Sunday . 12 December 2021
UT Guest House, Sector 6, Chandigarh

The Battle of Longewala: Remembering our Heroes
Gurjot Kaler and Hardeep Chandpuri in conversation with Col D S Cheema

The Poetic Rendezvous

Prof Archana R. Singh, Jupinderjit Singh & Lily Swarn
in conversation with Nisha Luthra

Keynote Address:
Divya Dutta in conversation with RJ Mehak

Soldier 2.0: Planning Ahead
Col Sunil Prem in conversation with Col Avinash Sharma

Rama’s Footsteps: A Journey of (His)Story
Neelesh Kulkarni in conversation with Niharika Bhuwania

Pehchaan Punjab Di: Sur, Saaz te Sangeet
Dolly Guleria and Sunaini Guleria Sharma in conversation with Ninder Ghugianvi


Sunday . 12 December 2021 . Digital

Hinged: Finding a Balance within
Vandana Kohli in conversation with Swati Bhardoria

Of Murders and Mushairas
Raza Mir in conversation with Manraj Grewal

Devika Rani: The Enigma Decoded
Kishwar Desai in conversation with Dr Sumita Misra

Sultan: The Legend of Hyder Ali
Shubendra in conversation with Niharika Bhuwania

The Next Everest: Challenges, Uncertanity and Resilience
Jim Davidson in conversation with Anshuman Arora 

Saturday 11 December 2021

What the Chandigarh Litfest has in store for you today?




Programme Schedule

Saturday 11 December 2021 . Digital

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5pm      Bon Appetit: Intermeshing of Culture and Cuisine
              Esther David in conversation with Lily Swarn


5:30pm Civil Service or Disservice? The Road Ahead
              Anil Swarup and Deepak Gupta in conversation with Vipin Pubby


6:15pm The Stranger in the Mirror
              Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in conversation with Vivek Atray


7:00pm Uprooted: The Aftermatch of Punjab’s Partition
              Anirudh Kala and Manreet Sodhi Someshwar in conversation with Jupinderjit Singh


7:45pm Hillariously Yours: The Recipe for a Delightful Read

              Parinda Joshi in conversation with RJ Mehak

Literati21 opens today with digital sessions

Sunday sessions will be at the UT Guest House

The first day of Literati21 shall be a mix of bureaucracy to Bollywood, cuisines to humour to pathos of partition, with its online sessions which can be accessed on Chandigarh Literary Society’s social media handles on Facebook and YouTube @clschandigarh.


Lots of books have been published in the aftermath of pandemic and have given the authors time to look into diverse aspects of life and share with the avid readers, said CLS Chairperson Dr Sumita Misra.


The Sahitya Aademic Award winner for English Literature and her novels extensively feature Jewish life, culture and cuisine in India, Esther David’s latest book, “Bene Appetit: Cuisine of Indian Jews” shall be focus of the discussion with equally prolific writer Lily Swarn.


Two brilliant bureaucrats who have received accolades for their remarkable contribution to the policymaking process, and are authors of some of the best-seller non-fiction, Anil Swarup and Deepak Gupta shall be exchanging notes with former Resident Editor of Indian Express Vipin Pubby.


Thursday 9 December 2021

Thanks to Publishers for Supporting Literati21

Chandigarh Literary Society is indebted to the Publisher Partners who have come forward to support Literati2021. 

Our special thanks to all the publishers, Harper Collins, Rupa Publications, AlephPan, Macmilan, Penguin and Westland, for enriching Literati deliberations by bringing in their authors. 

It is the 9th Edition of Literati.  This time it is a hybrid event, partly in virtual format, and partly in the UT Guest House, Sector 6, Chandigarh, which is very near to our favourite literary haunt, the Sukhna Lake. 

Though many would miss the fun and frolic around the lake in the backdrop of the Shivalik hill range, some of the authors and book lovers can still take a walk on the sunny (hopefully) Sunday, on 12th December, when we meet at the UT Guest House. 

Chandigarh LitFest - Literati21 is back to Celebrate Hope

The two-days 9th edition of Literati, the Chandigarh Lit Fest opens on Saturday, 11th December.

According to CLS Chairperson and Festival Director Dr Sumita Misra the trilingual lit fest shall be a hybrid version with its three sessions to be held in the UT Guest House, and the rest of it online.

The theme this year is ‘Manifesting Hope’ after the long lockdowns and the pandemic that has changed people’s perspective of life and many writers have crafted words in poems and prose that spelt hope, said Dr Sumita Misra.

In literature, hope, she said, tends to centre on the belief that positive changes do happen after every crisis, and we shall have the authors who have ignited hope into troubled minds through their writings.

Hope is a powerful word that represents faith and possibilities, said author and TEDx speaker Vivek Atray, and that is what CLS had been instilling through its programmes over the years.

Literati21 shall have virtual inaugural session in the afternoon of 11th Dec at 4:45pm, and at 5:30pm on 12th December, while on Sunday, the 12th, there shall be a session at the UT Guest House, at 10am with the release of Gurjot Kaler’s book “The Battle of Longewala”, followed by a keynote address by Bollywood celebrity, Divya Dutta. 

There is another interesting session on Rama’s Footsteps with Neelesh Kulkarni, followed by a musical Punjabi session with Dolly Guleria and Sunaini,

Some of the other authors in the virtual sessions on 11th and 12th evening shall be Esther David, Anil Swarup, Deepak Gupta, Divya Dutta, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Raza Mir, Vandana Kohli, Lily Swarn, Jupinderjit Singh, Dr Archana Singh,  Parinda Joshi, Jim Davidson, Kishwar Desai, among others.  

We have seen the emergence of good literature in the past two years, and CLS has an impressive array of authors covering a wide variety of topics from politics to war, to cuisine to Bollywood.

CLS had been the pioneer to initiate the litfest trends in the region way back in 2012 with many more that have followed adding to the literary fiesta in the city during winter.

Besides the annual litfest, Literati, CLS had been regularly organizing weekly virtual sessions with authors and poets, besides poetry and story-writing competitions, and writing workshops, that have received overwhelming responses from the people.

Literati21 Programme
11th December 2021: Virtual Session: 5:45pm:  Live on Facebook @clschandigarh 
12th December 2021: 10:30am-3:30pm :  UT Guest House, Sector 6, Chandigarh
12th December 2021: Virtual Session: 5:30pm - 8:30pm: Live on Facebook @clschandigarh

Friday 20 November 2020

Ireland and India share common bond, said Ireland's Ambassador to India


This year in Literati 2020 international authors from five continents are participating with Ireland as the partner country.  

His Excellency Mr Brendan Ward, Ambassador of Ireland to India, in his video message to the Chandigarh Literary Society expressed happiness for Ireland joining in as country partner in Literati. 

Ireland and India shares a special bond, he said, especially the historic Irish rebellion that germinated in Punjab a century ago.