HYDERABAD: Forget about the heated debates on Bob Dylan’s winning the Nobel Prize, talk about the home grown crop of writers and the literary festivals they are invited to where you get to hear linguaphiles whip prose and poetry equally, later discussed over sandwiches whose grains define the topography you hail from and which literary figure you adore.
And you don’t need to travel to the oh-so-swooning lit fests like Berlin International Literature Festival or rush to London Literature Festival. Freeze your calender for that popular JLF in the kaleidoscopic city of Jaipur or our very own Hyderabad Lit Fest held in iconic Hyderabad Public School (HPS). Or better still pack your bags to silvery beaches of Goa and soak in to the brilliant sessions of writers from across the country. The season of lit fests begins and will be on till February 2017; so make the most of it. Check out from our listings below:
Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest - This literary extravaganza begins from November 17 and will be on till 20. This year they have invited biggies like Amitav Ghosh, Ramchandra Guha, Keki Daruwalla and others.
Goa Arts and Literary Festival - Held at The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula this lit fest has been inviting authors like Arshia Sattar, K. Satchidanandan, Mustansir Dalvi, Sathya Saran and others. Date: December 8 -11.
Bangalore Literature Festival - This is going to be the fifth edition of this lit fest. It will be a two day affair to be held on December, 17 and 18, 2016 at different venues.
Kolkata Literary Festival - Call it Kolkata or Calcutta, this city retains its love for literature. And it reflects in its literary gatherings. Already in its eighth year, the literary events are organised across various heritage sites in this former capital of the Raj. Last year celebrated Nigerian writer Ben Okri was invited. Date: January 14 - 17.
Jaipur Literature Festival - From the gem of lit fests that it is, it turns to fanatical jamboree of fans and hence is the ‘must’ attend. Last year they invited Canadian poetry goddess Margaret Atwood. No guesses, this year it’s Ruth Padel, the celebrated British poet and author, who’s also Darwin’s great-great-grand daughter. Date: January 19 - 23.
Hyderabad Literary Festival - City’s own lit fest in its eighth year celebrates one Indian language and keeps the theme for a guest nation. This year’s language is Tamil and guest nation is Philippines. Date: January 27 - 29.
Delhi Literature Festival - Held in the capital of the country in those chilling weeks of January, the organisers invite poets, authors and journalists for those interesting sessions. Date: February 10 - 12.
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival - A melange of theatre, arts and literary events held at The Kala Ghoda Art District, it’s a 12 day festival with more 600 events held in the month of February. Many literary events are held at Kitab Khana and David Sassoon Library.