SHILLONG, November 13: As part of this year’s 50th state celebrations, the second edition of the Literary Festival aims to celebrate, commemorate and reflect on cultural heritage, health and well-being, and ways to support and inspire children and young people.
The festival will be held at Wards’ Lake from November 21-23.
Like the first edition, it will continue to converse, dialogue, share, listen and engage through stories, language, literature, poetry and the many intersections with living cultures and the environment.
The program will begin with a tribute to Temsula Ao (1945 – 2022).
With over eighty authors and speakers this year, this edition of the festival boasts of authors, scholars, researchers, school leaders, experts, journalists, storytellers, creators, publishers, literary agents, publishers, translators and book lovers in the city, as well as part of the three-day program.
Authors include Anurag Basnet, Aparna Piramal Raje, Ashutosh Salil, Badaplin War, Barkha Mathur, Bhogtoram Mawroh, Canato Jimo, Christopher Kloeble, Chuden Kabimo, Daisy Hasan, Easterine Kire, Esther Syiem, Glenn C Kharkongor, Ian Lyngdoh, Iffat Nawaz, Jerry Pinto, Kanishka Gupta, Karishma Upadhyay, Mamang Dai, Marco B Mitri, Mayumi Murayama, Nathaniel DN Majaw, Nilanjana Roy, Parimal Bhattacharya, Patricia Mukhim, Preeti Gill, Sanjoy Hazarika, Saskya Jain, Sayoni Basu, Shrayana Bhattacharya, Theyiesinuo Keditsu, Uddipana Goswami, Vidya Krishnan and Vikram Sampath.
These authors, from across the state, country and beyond, are central to the writing program on a range of topics and genres, including fiction and nonfiction, health, history, l archeology, politics, relationships, architecture, heritage, food, environment, biographies, sports and more.
The festival includes a book section that will host bookstores and publications from across the state with Ri Khasi Bookshop and the Tura Book Room, an interactive kiosk of Amar Chitra Katha, literary fiction and non-fiction and a range of children’s books by several book shops, and publications by Martin Luther Christian University and NESFAS (North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society). There will also be a range of cafes, traditional food and drink kiosks, and a Maker’s Market section.
In addition, institutional leaders from international cultural and contemporary art centers and universities will also join them to explore ways to collaborate. There will be a panel examining how culture is reported, another on how research translates into books for the general public, a session on how we tell stories to children, and much more…
On day one, Rahul Bose will talk about movies he’s worked on from books!
He will also be present on the second day of the program to talk about sport – about being a sportsman and about leadership and politics. The second day will end with a screening of Dominic Sangma’s award-winning short film, Rong’Kuchak (Echoes).
On the last day, Tipriti Kharbangar, Meghalaya’s own “Little Mama Tips”, will close the festival with a very special lineup titled “TIPRITI” (to know your customs and traditions) songs derived from the Khasi culture which she will sing accompanied by musicians. both traditional and contemporary.
Speakers will be Abhishek Choudhur, Adelia Nongbri, Adity Choudhury, Anja Riedeberger, Annalisa Mansukhani, Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar, Anurag Banerjee, Anurag Basnet, Baiarphang Syiem, Cheryl Rynjah, Chitra Ahanthem, Daiarisa Rumnong, Daisy Hasan, Dominic Sangma, Dominic Savio Deingdoh. , Elyon Blah, Hasina Kharbhih, Ibankyntiew Mawrie, Isawanda Laloo, Jasmine Lyngdoh, Jemimah Marak, Julie Sun Wahlang, Junisha Khongwir, Kanishka Gupta, Keshav Pariat, Krithika Nair, Lapdiang Syiem, Longnam Kharpuri, Mandakini Gahlot, Mary Therese Kurkalang, Michelle Syiemlieh , Nandini Oberoi, Premanka Goswami, Priyadarshini Gauri, Ram Kumar S, Ritoparna Hazra, Rohit Dwivedi, Samantha Syiem, Sayoni Basu, Shannon Massar, Suranjana Choudhury, Tengnang D Sangma, Victoria Dobritz and Vidya Shivadas.
“The government is working hard to open up opportunities for young people in the state in arts, sports, crafts and entrepreneurship. This literary festival is a platform to connect creative individuals in the state with national and international authors and publishers,” said Commissioner and Secretary, Vijay Kumar D.