New Delhi, February 4: The fifth edition of Delhi Literature Festival is all set to start from February 10. The event is supposed to host a number of dignified speakers including famous authors like Ashok Vajpeyi, William Dalrymple and Taslima Nasreen among others.
The three-day-festival will inaugurate with a session by Swapna Liddle, author of “Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi” where she will dive deeper into the different facets and prospects of the old walled metropolis, mentions PTI
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The launch of “Dream Nation: Dear Kalam Sir”, a biography of former President A P J Abdul Kalam written by Raghav Chandra is scheduled to take place on the opening day. There will also be a panel discussion on ‘Demonitization: Intent, Implementation and Impact’ that will see author Vinay Bharat-Ram and economist Surjit S Bhalla in an interesting conversation on the controversial issue.
A session on relevance of public libraries will attempt to revive interest in such institutions across India for a generation of e-books and online magazines.
Conducted by Indian Public Library movement and backed by NASSCOM Foundation, this initiative will have activist-author Kamla Bhasin, human rights campaigner Shabnam Hashmi, theatre academic Tripurari Sharma on the discussion panel.
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Scottish historian and writer William Dalrymple will be talking about his latest book “Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond” which he has co-authored with Anita Anand in the course of the festival.
A Dastangoi performance which is the ancient art of Urdu storytelling by Ankit Chaddha, one of the last twelve Dastangos in the country, is also on the line up among many other exciting events.
A Hindi poetry session by Ashok Chakradhar and ‘Branding for Make in India’ by Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant will also be a part of the three-day run of the festival.
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Other speakers and guests who will grace the festival with their presence and active participation in conversations include Tarek Fatah, Ravinder Singh and Ira Trivedi.
The event is set to wrap up on Feb 12.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang