The 5th edition of the Chandigarh Lit Fest, Literati, organized by Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) shall be held at the Chandigarh Lake Club on 25-26 November 2017.

Chandigarh, 22 November : The 5th edition of the Chandigarh Lit Fest, Literati, organized by Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) shall be held at the Chandigarh Lake Club on 25-26 November 2017.

Addressing the media CLS Chairperson and Festival Director Dr Sumita Misra informed that the trilingual Lit Fest shall have many prominent authors participating including world-renowned Padma Bhushan awardee Ruskin Bond, who will be delivering the Keynote at the Inaugural.

CLS is conferring the first Literati Lifetime Achievement Award on Ruskin Bond for his unparalleled contribution to the Indian literature, she said.

Canada is the Country Partner at the Literati 2017 with two prominent poets and authors  Lee Maracle andColumpa C. Bobb with  Consul General of Canada, Dr Christopher Gibbins moderating the session.


In the two days back-to-back sessions will see authors sharing their insights on varied genres of writing vis-à-vis its social impact.

The Inaugural shall be followed by an hour-long session of Ruskin Bond in conversation with Dr Sumita Misra, while the post lunch sessions would span poetry, prose, stories, and history.

For those who enjoy history, “Lost and Found: History & Culture” shall get to interact with author of “Invisible City: The Hidden Monuments”, Dr Rakhshanda Jalil along with famous author of “Mr and Mrs Jinnah” Sheela Reddy.

Archana Saini, Saurabh Sharma, Vineet Bajpai, Vandana Shukla, Neel Kamal Puri are some of the authors featured on the first day.

Waseem Barelvi, Kunwar Bechain and other eminent poets would be presenting their latest creations at the trilingual Mushaira on the first day evening.

On the second day, besides the session with authors from Canada, there would be a session on Punjabi writing with Manmohan Singh. The Festival will also host some eminent Punjabi writers, including Sahitya Akademi Award winning playwright Atamjit Singh, and novelist Jasbir Mand.

Neel Kamal Puri shall be moderating the session on ‘The Political and The Personal’ with celebrated author and biographer Khushwant Singh and Shantanu Gupta author of “The Monk Who Became Chief Minister”-the biography of Yogi Adityanath.

The Mumbai-based celebrity nutritionist and winner of the prestigious ‘Nutrition award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology and exercise science expert, Rujuta Diwekar  would reveal her insights into uncomplicating the process of eating.

On this occasion Ram Varma’s political memoir-My Encounters with the three Lal’s of Haryana  shall be released, and in a special session on stories of officialdom, fiction writer and former bureaucrat Vivek Atray shall moderate the session with Ram Varma and bureaucrat and author of “Memoirs of an Unrepentant Civil Servant” Robin Gupta on the panel.

The winners of this year’s CLS Short Story writing competition shall also be awarded prizes at the concluding function on Sunday.

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