Writers are duty bound to provoke thought and prevent degradation in society,
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said at the inaugural edition of Delhi
"The society is going down and it is the writers and thinkers who can help us to
shake up things. We need to pick up strings again and nobody can be better than
writers for this work," Dikshit said here.
The two day Delhi Literature Festival got underway today at Indira Gandhi
National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
The first day's events saw a book launch, discussions on literature in the age
of new media, independent publishing in India as well as a poetry session.
Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini who felicitated authors along with Dikshit
said, "There is a keen and rapidly growing interest in Indian literature. India
is becoming popular even in remote countries."
With several literary festivals happening in India, this is the first festival
of literature to be organised in the national capital.
Chairperson of the National Commission on Minorities Wajahat Habibullah said
that it is a promising trend.
"So many literature festivals are happening in our country and young people are
attending them in good numbers, it is a promising trend," Habibullah said.
Author Madhulika Liddle's 'My Lawfully Wedded Husband' was launched at the first
session of the literary event organised by Unnati Fortune Group and Cinedarbaar.
Prominent names like Advaita Kala and Arunava Sinha lead the list of 35 authors
who will form a part of the event.
In a session 'Beyond The Blog: New Media and the Future of Literature', blogger
Jai Arjun Singh said that new media gives opportunity to write without the
limitation of word limit.
"I was getting frustrated with limited word count. Blogs provided me with a
writing practise," said Singh the writer and blogger of 'Jabberwock'.
Author of 'The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic' Anna MM Vetticad said that
though Internet is a wonderful place, it is extremely dangerous at the same
"There is a great democratisation of voice due to social media but people need
to be taught how to use it. There are propaganda websites also", Vetticad said.
Director Lifi Publication Ramesh Mittal in a session on 'Indie Publishing in
India' said, "Indie publishing comes from independent art. With new technology
more and more Indie publishing is happening."
Former civil servant and literary-cultural critic Ashok Vajpeyi addressed a
session on poetry.
The second day of the festival will see a musical performance by Zakrus Group, a
folkloric music band, that is heading down to perform at the festival all the
way from Iran and a unique storytelling session by Michal Malinowski, from