The much-awaited two-day Shoolini Literature Festival recently concluded in high zeal and verve. The festival hosted around 50 eminent speakers who talked about their work in different genres including fiction, poetry, films, food, and more.
Words of Wisdom by the Pioneer
One of India’s most prolific and popular writers, Ruskin Bond, delivered the keynote address at the Litfest on March 17th. He said that young writers must not feel discouraged by rejection of their writings by publishers but should keep working hard to emerge successful.
He advised the writers to read more to write better. Calling himself a storyteller with words, Ruskin Bond said that his own writings had been rejected several times, but he persisted and made writing his passion.
Delivering the keynote address, the prolific writer said that he might not have been a writer had he decided to stay back in the United Kingdom. He also answered questions from the students and delegates at the Litfest.
Vice Chancellor of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Dr Rajeshwar Singh Chandel was the chief guest at the inaugural function. Chancellor Prof P K Khosla welcomed the authors and delegates to the Litfest. Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla said that the university shall strive to make the Litfest a prestigious annual event.
Exploring the Unusual
Addressing another session, well known Director Mahesh Dattani spoke about the nature of stories and how performing arts align with them. At the session titled “The world’s a stage”. Dattani called for more writers to explore topics that are not often touched upon, such as gender dysphoria.
A Platform for Exchange of Ideas
On the first day of the festival, audiences were treated to sessions by many prominent personalities such as Sanjay Deshpande, Neelesh Kulkarni, Gurdeep Gul, Nandita Iyer, Raj Shekhar, Jupinderjit Singh, Balram Gupta, Manjri Prabhu, Gen Raj Mehta, Pawan Shah and Puneetinder Kaur Sandhu. The speakers shared their experiences and insights on their work, which captivated the audience.
On the last day, there were day-long sessions by prominent names in the field of literature. They included, Rajshri Deshpande, Vivek Atray, Raj Shekhar, Shuma Raha, and Mona Verma, to name a few.
The festival created a platform for the exchange of ideas, networking, and appreciation of literature, making it a significant event in the literary calendar. It also provided an opportunity for the students of Shoolini University to interact with the luminaries of the literary world and learn from their experiences.
The flower festival, which is being held side by side with the literature festival, added to the charm of the two-day literature festival.