Pune International Lit Fest to be Held on Sept 28,29 and 30th

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Pune city’s first and the only free festival of English Literature; the Pune International Literary Festival (PILF), will take place from September 28th to 30th.

This is the 6th edition of the festival and it would be held at YASHADA on Baner Road, Pune. This was announced by Dr. Manjiri Prabhu, acclaimed novelist and the festival Director, during a Press Conference held in the city.

Entry to the festival is free.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Prabhu said, “The basic objective of the festival is to celebrate the “Word‟ in all forms, to facilitate a direct connect between authors and readers and to create an inspirational platform for all creative people – at all levels of their careers, thereby promoting the culture of knowledge-based reading and learned appreciation of various arts and craft.

Dr. Prabhu further added that, “Keeping the Festival objective in mind, we have structured a unique festival this year, with a focus on co-existence, harmony, inclusiveness and variety in its schedule. We have 170 Speakers, 70+ sessions taking place in 5 different halls/areas on the campus which also include the Children’s Stream that we began last year”.

While giving the overview of the Festival this year, Dr. Prabhu said, “We have planned a great variety of sessions like:

  • An Army Panel which would elaborate on how Shivaji Maharaj‟s war techniques are implemented by the Army as well as a session on Kargil.
  • Thought-provoking sessions like “The Evolution of Human Rights- Are we there yet?‟ with Justice Roshan Dalvi, Benjamin Glahn (SGS) and Fadi Zaghmout, and
  • Forbidden, Attacked and Silenced – The Struggle within – with Salil Tripathi (Chair of the Writers in Prison, India), Josy Joseph and Nikhila Henry
  • Literary sessions on Catharsis, Re-Imagining Reality, Realism, Interpretation in art, media and literature
  • Exploring Genres, Marathi and English languages sessions on the future of publishing trends and Bookstores and their shrinking shelf-space.
  • Political panels like – Potholes and Milestones; the Indian political panorama with Tuhin Sinha, Tehsin Poonawala, Gurcharan Das and Tanveer Ahmed
  • A panel on Coping with Terrorism with Amit Lodha (IG-BSF, Jaisalmer), TCA Raghavan and Harinder Baweja
  • We continue our “Yours Truly‟ and solo sessions which detail the life journeys of stalwarts – we have Surender Mohan Pathak (doyen of Hindi Detective Literature with 300 novels), Honey Irani (Screenplay writer), Dr. Vishwanath Karad (creator of Biggest Peace Dome in the world), Shobhaa De and the multi-facetted Milind Gunaji
  • We continue to promote and showcase debut authors by giving them a platform in the WhyBuyMyBook series as well as reading sessions in a special space that we have created on the lawn called Caravan by the Tree.
  • We have women-centric Panels like Power Women and „Woe-man or Wow-man the best Protagonist.
  • Our children stream Treasure Island, has some really attractive, fun and informative sessions too like Managing Your Finance, Story-Telling, A Treasure Hunt, Setting Upa Camping Tent, Good Touch Bad Touch, Dogs as Companions, Handedness – Use of Left or Right Hand, Leadership, Comic Book Making etc.
  • And finally, we have some cover and book launches by Anita Nair, Neelam Gorhe and a few others.

While concluding, Dr. Manjiri Prabhu requested the media representatives and thereby the people of Pune to refer to the entire schedule to pick and choose the sessions of their preference from a wide array of choice. The Schedule is being published on the website www.pilf.in.

Some of the prominent Speakers in PILF 2018

  • Shobhaa De
  • Honey Irani
  • Surender Mohan Pathak
  • Sanjay Khan
  • Zarine Khan
  • Zayed Khan
  • Anita Nair
  • Salil Tripathi
  • Milind Gunaji
  • Gurcharan Das
  • H. E. Lorenzo Angeloni
  • Vikas Amte
  • Sheetal Amte
  • Ravi Subramanian
  • Ariane von Graffenried
  • James Fennell
  • Dr. Alka Pande
  • Fadi Zaghmout
  • Kunal Vijaykar
  • Richard Rothman
  • Julia Kostova
  • Tuhin Sinha
  • Paul Cleave
  • Tara Deshpande
  • Dario Dezio
  • Antoine Lewis
  • Paula Morris
  • Bhawana Somaaya
  • Harinder Baweja
  • Manjeet Hirani
  • Benjamin Glahn
  • Stefano Pelle
  • Tushar Gandhi
  • Chiki Sarkar
  • Braja Sorensen
  • Hindol Sengupta
  • Geeta Dharmarajan
  • Josy Joseph
  • Uday Mahurkar
  • Rakhee Bakshee
  • Ashmith Kunder
  • Bhawani Iyer
  • Amit Lodha
  • TCA Raghavan
  • Tehsin Poonawala

Hope to see you there, Punekars! 

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