Delhi will be the venue for the fourth edition of 'Sahitya Aaj Tak,' the literature festival that emphasises the importance of literature and art in today's times. The event will see personalities from different fields such as writing, publishing, music, media, business, theatre and cinema.
Some names that will be a part of the event are Prasoon Joshi, Imtiaz Ali, Anand L. Rai, Prem Chopra, Saurabh Shukla, Kailash Kher, Roohani Sisters, Ravi Kishan, Pankaj Udhas, Irshad Kamil, Ruskin Bond, Pankaj Kapur, Chetan Bhagat and many more.
On the Hindi stage, director Imtiaz Ali will talk about love and singer Kailesh Kher will perform Kailasa. Poet Kumar Vishwas will tell his story, Uday Prakash will talk about his literary journey and there will be a Sufi music session by Nizami Bandhu, soulful ghazal sessions by shayars, a qawwali session by Roohani sisters, performance by Shubha Mudgal. The festival will also see plays like ‘Akbar the Great Nahi Rahe’ by Pierrot’s Troupe and ‘Barff’ by Saurabh Shukla.
For the first time, the event will have a separate stage for English authors from India and South East Asia. Author Ruskin Bond will talk about the thoughts behind his works and authors Anita Nair, Megha Pant and K.R. Meera will express their views on feminism. Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai will talk about the politics of writing and Chetan Bhagat will engage with the audience in conversation with quizmaster Siddhartha Basu. Many more such interesting sessions will be organised on the English stage.
This edition of Sahitya Aaj Tak will also see some of the finest regional language writers, including Hindi, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Rajasthani, Punjabi, Oriya, Gujarati Marathi, Chhattisgarhi and more.
Another interesting thing that will happen for the first time is an open mic stage called ‘Mic Ke Laal’. Emphasising the importance of the spoken word, people can freely express themselves on this stage and be heard and understood.
The event will also celebrate art through a showcase titled ‘Of Celebrations and Collaborations’. It will be an interaction between art and literature, exploring the myriad ways through which these fields entwine. Artists such as Arpana Caur, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, K. G. Subramanyan, Chitra Ganesh, Sunandini Banerjee, and many others will participate in this exhibition curated by Hema Singh Rance.
The event will also have sessions by Durjoy Datta, Anand Neelakanthan, Kumar Vishwas, Shailesh Lodha, Swanand Kirkire, Udai Prakash, Malini Awasthi, Hans Raj Hans, Anup Jalota, Manoj Tiwari, Romesh Gunesekera, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Ashok Vajpeyi, Rahat Indori, Waseem Barelvi and more. A total of over 100 sessions are scheduled to be a part of Sahitya Aaj Tak’s art and literature festival.
They will interact with the audience and express uncensored views, and no-holds-barred interactions, highlighting the importance of free speech. There will be book launches by Pankaj Kapur, Romesh Gunesekera and Amruta Patil along with a special unveiling of Rajdeep Sardesai’s new book cover.
It will be an impactful platform for expression through poetry, prose, music, and drama that will be held on November 1, 2 and 3 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.
There is no entry fee for the festival.