Jammu & Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha to inaugurate Kumaon Literary Festival in Srinagar on Oct 19


Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha (ANI Photo)

Rahul Mittra, Divya Dutta, Rahul Rawail, Ashwin Sanghi and others to attend the travelling literary festival which will feature sessions on literature, cinema, art & culture                    

Our Bureau
Srinagar (J&K)

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha will inaugurate the Kashmir Edition of the Fourth Kumaon Literary Festival in Srinagar from 19-20 October 2022.  Kumaon Literary Festival, one of India’s most coveted and travelling literary festival will feature various sessions on literature, cinema, art and culture.

Announcing the festival, Asha Batra co-founder of the festival, said, “India has been a global hub for arts and culture for centuries; the setting and inspiration for celebrated works of literature, drama and art, and home to artists and writers from around the world. The festival brings together brilliant and unique minds from various genres of the creative world. We have a very impressive line-up of speakers this year along with some interesting book launches and discussions.”

This year, the festival will have eminent speakers like Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, Ashwin Sanghi, India’s highest selling fiction author, veteran filmmaker-author Rahul Rawail, award-winning filmmaker & branding specialist Rahul Mittra, actor Divya Dutta, Jameel Gulrays Katha Kathan founder, Bhawana Somaaya veteran journalist, Anant Vijay senior journalist and author, Pavan Jha film historian, Shantanu Ray Chaudhari publisher, renowned authors like Kiran Manral, Yatindra Mishra, Jai Arjun, Anu Singh & Mona Verma.

(Clockwise from top left): Ashwin Sanghi, Divya Dutta, Rahul Mittra and Rahul Rawail

The highlight of the literary festival will be a special session on ‘Raj Kapoor – The Master at Work’ by Rahul Rawail in conversation with filmmaker-actor Rahul Mittra, apart from book discussions including ‘Kishore Kumar: The Ultimate Biography’ by Parthiv Dhar and Anirudha Bhattacharjee, ‘The Magicians of Mazda’ by Ashwin Sanghi, ‘The Mystic and the Lyric: Four Women Poets from Kashmir’ by Neerja Mattoo, ‘Inked in India-Fountain Pens and A story of Make and Unmake’ by Bibek Debroy and Sovan Roy, ‘Letters to Self by Narendra Modi’, Translation by Bhawana Somaaya, ‘The Stars in My Sky’ by Divya Dutta, and many more.

The Kashmir Edition is being held in association with KYARI, Kashmir’s Yumberzal Applied Research Institute. Arhan Bagati, KYARI Founder and the host of Kashmir Edition said, “The Fest will see participation of many eminent writers and literary persons from the region such as, Neerja Mattoo, Nirupma Kotru, Saleem Beg, Sanjay Raina, Siddhartha Gigoo, Aditya Raj Kaul, Ajay Raina, Dinesh Manzoor Bhat, Khushboo Mattoo, Nusrat Durrani, Tamanna Slathia and Tsering Gurmat.”

The festival was founded in the year 2014 by Sumant Batra a lawyer of global repute, author and cultural champion. The not-for-profit festival has held many successful editions attended by hundreds of literary luminaries and thinkers from around the world.

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