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Two major literature festivals in Delhi

Delhi Literary Fest

Two major literature festivals are packed into this weekend in Delhi 

Delhi Literary FestNew Delhi: Two literature festivals are packed into this weekend in Delhi. The Delhi Literature Festival offers a slice of international flavor with sessions on Brazilian literature, Persian publishing and Iranian calligraphy.

Beginning February 7, the second edition of the three-day festival is being organized at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts here.

This year the event is paying tribute to well-known Hindi writer Rajendra Yadav, who passed away recently. Yadav was most known for pioneering the Nayi Kahani Movement in Hindi Literature.

“Namvar Singh, a close associate of Rajendra Yadav along with Ajit Kumar Chaudhary and Nirmala Jain will share their personal experiences with the veteran writer who no longer lives between us,” organizers said in a statement.

While Brazilian Author Bernardo Carvalho would be throwing light on Brazilian Contemporary Literature, the festival would also hold a special exhibition of the works of the Iranian illustrators, graphic artists and calligraphy artists.

A session on February 8 would look into the world of Persian publishing, its history and form.

Focusing on its three major elements – illumination (illustrations), decoration (graphics) and calligraphy (art of writing) Iranian artists are set to participate in a session titled the ‘Art of Book Making’.

        A dramatic reading by Rehaan Engineer, from his yet to be published novel, ‘Mutilator’ written by Prajna Desai, an art critic and writer is also lined up.

        The festival will also hear the tale of the successful literary entrepreneurs as they share their journey with the young aspirants.

        Other eminent speakers include Mr. Mushirul Hasan, Rakhshanda Jalil, Rosalyn D’Mello, Samit Basu, Abhimanyu Sisodia and many more.

        Meanwhile the second leg of the Hindu Lit for Life 2014 is set to be held here at the Siri Fort Auditorium on February 8.

        A smorgasbord of literature, music, drama, culture and comedy is in store at the event.

        The day is scheduled to begin with ‘A Walk Through Humayun’s Tomb’ in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

        Sessions on the documentary cinema, the 1984 riots, mythology, theater, art, cinema as well as sports have been lined up.

        A talk by humorist Anuvab Pal is set to conclude the festival.


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