Friday, November 02, 2012

Press Note : Samanvay 2012 - Indian Languages’ Festival

Indian Languages Festival Samanvay 2012 begins in Delhi from 02nd Nov, 2012
The 02nd edition of the Indian Languages’ Festival – Samanvay 2012 will begin from 02nd Nov in the heart of Delhi- India Habitat Centre. This three day festival, which started last year, will revolve around its earthy theme - Gaon – Kasba – Sheher: Boli-Bani – Bhasha.
Curated by two young literature enthusiasts Satyanand Nirupam and Giriraj Kirado, this festival is an initiative of India Habitat Centre in partnership with Delhi Press and Pratilipi Books.
Like last year, this year too, the languages’ festival will witness a large  jamghat of khanti Indian literary figures discussing around eight themes spread across two and a half days and try to present the enriching shades of different Indian languages. An added attraction will be the book exhibitions put up by various publishers.
On 2 November, the first day of the festival, the inauguration will be done by esteemed theatre personality Ratan Thiyam and Jnanpith awardee Chandrashekar Kambar. The opening session will discuss  Purani Boli, Naya Daur: Boli Is Back!, examining the return of dialects into the ‘mainstream’, while the concluding session has the intriguing title Zaban Sambhal Ke: Mind Your Language, whose focus will be on youth and the way they employ language in everyday life. Similarly the second and the third days will explore other topics inviting rich debates, like The Idea of a Nation  (Manipuri) and Reclaiming Language, Space and Body: Women  Writing  in Oriya (Oriya). The other session will be The Tale of Modernities: Small Spaces, Big Ideas (Kannada), The City of No Outsiders  (Marathi), My Reality, My Language (Kashmiri),  Love’s Own Language (Maithili), A Tale of Seven Cities: Changing Power Centres of Hindi [Allahabad, Benares, Bhopal, Delhi, Kolkata, Lahore, Patna] (Hindi) and Where Is My Reader? (English). Poetry and book reading sessions have also been planned.
Amongst the cultural performances, the evening of day one will see Ugana re, a staging of Maithili poet Vidyapati’s compositions by Kathak Guru Padamshri Shovana Narayan. The next evening, the audience will be presented with Gulzar Ahmad Ganie’s performance of Kashmiri Sufiana kalam.
The  event will witness presence of  acclaimed literary  figures like- Ashok Vajpeyi, K. Satchidanandan, Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Arjun Deo Charan, Arun Kamal, Alok Rai, Gillian Wright among others.
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