Agra’s most respected literary platform, the Taj Literature Festival comes to life
~Mir Se Ghalib tak and all the fine words within~
“ Reekhta key tumi Ustad nahi ho Ghalib
Kehte hai zamane mein koi Mir bhi tha.”
New Delhi, February 09, 2016: The city of love, poetry and literature, Agra gets ready to welcome acclaimed authors, literary luminaries and poets to the 3rd edition of ‘Taj Literature Festival’. A three day program will bring together the best of nation’s literary talents at The Clarks Shiraz, Agra from Friday, February 26th –28th, 2016 in association with Oxford Bookstore as its knowledge partner.
A caring citizen’s initiative, Taj Literature Festival works closely with book clubs, student organizations, universities and colleges to inculcate the reading habits in the youth. Taj Literature Festival is an open to all forum that has the people of Agra, Kanpur and Delhi meet, greet and interact with over fifty authors from across the country.
Welcoming all to the festival, Harvijay Singh Bahia, Chairman, Taj Literature Festival said “Agra is a heritage city, known across the world for its iconic Taj Mahal. It is also recognized as the cynosure of Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb and the nurturer of poetry and prose. Poets like Mirza Ghalib, Nazir Akbarabadi and Mir Taqi Mir enriched the city with their verses. Taj Literature Festival is an attempt to rejuvenate the embers of that aesthetic spirit which smolder in this culturally & historically rich city.”
Adding to his thoughts, Anshu Khanna, Festival curator added,”Agra lays out the red carpet to its speakers. The enthusiasm of both the organizers and the audience is infectious and Taj Literature Festival is surely one of the favorite destinations of the literary world.”
Touching upon topics ranging from crime writing, music, cinema, Gandhian philosophy, women’s rights and development this fledgling platform has emerged as the preferred destination for some of India’s most respected authors. This year the speakers list includes Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rauf Ahmed, Shatrughan Sinha, Avirook Sen, Sudhir Mishra, Kabir Bedi, Maria Goretti, Sathya Saran, Rakhshanda Jalil, Punam Sabbas Joseph, Hindol Sengupta and Acharya David Frawley to name a few.
The other dignitaries from various other cultural spheres to grace the platform are as follows: – Chef Kunal Kapoor, Chef Manisha Bhasin, Muzzafar Ali, Suhel Seth, Lady Kishwar Desai, Lord. Meghnad Desai.
Some of the talk sessions to look out for include:
- Hinduism for the modern mind- Hindol Sengupta in conversation with David Frawley and Sanjeev Sanyal.
- Gandhi today: Pramod Kapoor in conversation with Pushpesh Pant and Tara Gandhi.
- The Golden Era: Mohammad Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi shares memories of that glorious era with Sujata Deb and Rauf Ahmad.
About | Taj Literature Festival – 3rd Edition.
Taj Literature Festival (TLF), founded by Harvijay Bahia, is a caring citizen’s endeavor. It tries to relive the city’s rich past of poetry, music, prose and theatre. It not only invites intellectuals from across the country to Agra, but also endeavors to protect the indigenous culture of the city. Under its banner have emerged many parallel endeavors like Gulistan-e-Akbarabad that connects young poets of today to the history of Urdu poetry in Agra; Jashn-e-Theatre that endeavors to revive the near extinct form of folk theatre, Bhagat that was born in Agra and Braj Festival that will bring back the resonance of folk dance and music in this temple town.Two seasons old, Taj Literature Festival has in the past welcomed diversely accomplished speakers. Best seller authors like William Darlymple, Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravi Subramaniam, Piyush Jha, Shobha De; media stalwarts like M. J. Akbar, Raghu Rai, Prahlad Kakker, Sidharth Bhatia, Poonam Saxena, Rauf Ahmad; celluloid legends like Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Farouque Shaikh, Feroze Abbas Khan, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, Saeed Mirza, Sarika, Khaled Mohammed, Maria Goretti have shared their views before book loving citizens of Agra and Delhi.Held in the sprawling lawns of Clarks Shiraz, a hotel that is part of the city’s heritage, the festival holds its finale session against the backdrop of the Taj at The Taj Nature Walk where, in the past, key sessions with Amish Tripathi, William Darlymple were held and “Tumhari Amrita “staged.
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