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.
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