Second edition of YES BANK Kumaon Literary Festival (KLF), a flagship initiative of NHP Centre is going to start from October 11 and end on 15th of it. An independent & not-for-profit annual literary festival held in Uttarakhand, KLF is the first annual international “retreat” and “travelling” literature festival of the country. Last year’s first edition of the success which started at Dhanachuli and culminated at Nanital was seen as an unprecedented success.
This year’s festival is scheduled to be held at two different locations which include the Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Jim Corbett National Park and Te Aroha Dhanachuli. The festival is part of a larger vision to develop Dhanachuli into a model cultural village.
The festival shall play host to many famous names from the world of literature, publishing, cinema and politics. Authors like Amish Tripathi, Ravi Subrimanian, Preeti Shenoy, Jerry Pinto, Tuhin Sinha, Shinie Anotny, Hindol Sengupta, Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil, Nirupama Dutt, and many others have confirmed their presence for the festival. Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Justice A K Sikri, Justice S K Kaul, Shahid Siddiqui, Swapandas Gupta, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Nupur Sharma and other names from the world of politics and law have agreed kindly to be a part of the festival. Biographers like Sathya Saran, Aseem Chabra, Jai Arjun Singh, Akshay Manwani, Yasser Usman, Gautam Chintamani have all consented to be present at the Festival. Many speakers like Afia Aslam, Ali Akbar Natiq, Ameena Saiyid, Asif Farrukhi, Asif Noorani, Dr. Sabyn Javeri, Mohsin Sayeed shall all come from Pakistan to attend the festival. Speakers like Ajay Rawat, Anup Sah, Dr. Shekhar Pathak, Deepak Rawat, Mona Verma, C S Tiwari, Hridayesh Joshi, Sanjay Panday and others from the Uttarakhand heartland are going to be present at different sessions of the festival.
NHP Centre is a Non Profit body geared towards building social consciousness and cultural progress in communities. KLF was founded by Sumant Batra, an eminent lawyer and social commentator. Three key projects that are part of KLF’s eco-system are: Literary Bhagidari, Women Unlimited Series (in partnership with the United Nations Women) and Fellows of Nature (in partnership with the French Embassy in India).
With the fellows of nature project KLF wishes to restore the literary art of writing about the nature, which used to be considered to be a great art in literature. This initiative taken along with French Institute might help in creating awareness about environment and eventually help in its conservation. They have also initiated a short story contest on nature writing, the winner which shall be presented the FON South Asia Short Story Award at KLF 2016. A fine Collection of Short Stories will be selected from the contest to be published as a book with support from French Institute in India, which will then be released by the French Ambassador in India in the year 2017.
The event aims to have sessions on different topics including Shifting Notions of the Nation State: Will national ideologies dominate global politics in 21st century? , Voice From the Well: How is Dalit Literature redefining perceptions and mind-sets, Scion of Ikshvaku, Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din: Will the era of epic lyricists and singers ever return?, Yours versus my nationalism – Being on the wrong side of the ‘patriotism’ divide, The Difficulty of Being Good , Star-Then & Now: The idea of a star in Hindi cinema over the last decades, Literature in Judicial Pronouncements and When will we get our next Karamchand?. A book launch of “The Sea Lies Ahead” by Intezar Husain will also take place at the event.