From Friday to Sunday in the last two weeks of February, several well-known faces from India’s literary community will come together to celebrate the power of words at the 10th Delhi Literature Festival.
The inaugural ceremony of the Festival took place on Wednesday at DLF Avenue, Saket, attended by dignitaries including ambassadors, authors and others. Given the current COVID situation, the Festival will take place virtually this year.
A love for literature
The event started on a happy note with artist Vivaan performing a series of classic Bollywood songs to entertain the audience. This was followed by a welcome speech by Ajay Sharma, Founder and Director of the Delhi Literature Festival.
Shortly thereafter, esteemed guests including Senior IPS Officer Tajender Luthra (currently serving as IG at BPRD); Mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Mukesh Suryan, Lieutenant General PJS Pannu, actress Pavleen Gujral, entrepreneur Blossom Kocchar, poet and former Deputy All India Radio DG Laxmi Shankar Bajpai among others , also addressed the crowd.
Speaking about the event, Luthra said, “I see this as a positive step of the Delhi Literature Festival to promote literature. I am very happy to see a young audience here. If young people support literature, then it can survive and thrive…Literature is the best medium and the best lens to see us, [understand] who we are and where we need to go in life. He also recited his self-written poem titled Main Abhari Hu Aapka for the gathering.
A community of writers
The Delhi Literature Festival will take place over six days – it is scheduled for February 18-21 and February 25-27 – with numerous sessions hosted by luminaries in literature, film and politics. Indian social reformer and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi will talk about his latest book COVID-19: Sabhyata ka Sankat aur Samadha.
Sessions with renowned authors from the Indian literary community such as Devdutt Pattanaik and Durjoy Datta will also be part of this event. Thiruvananthapuram MP and author Shashi Tharoor, Union Culture Minister Kishan G Reddy, lawyer and politician Manish Tewari, as well as economist Ila Patnaik will also moderate some sessions.
Apart from this, Bollywood actors Neena Gupta, Anupam Kher and Divya Dutta will be part of the festival.