Popular literary festivals in India

The success of literary festivals in India in the last decade has helped add a new dimension to the literature scene in the country. A number of stake holders such as government bodies, publishing houses and other corporate organizations have come forward to support these festivals and this has only helped fuel increasing interest among audiences. The popularity of these festivals, has encouraged the emergence of more such festivals in different parts of the country. Let’s have a look at five such popular literary festivals in India.

DSC Jaipur Literature Festival: Recognized as one of the largest literary festivals in Asia, the DSC Jaipur Festival has played host to a number of acclaimed writers and artistes. The event drew a crowd of close to 50,000 people in its last edition, held in January. In addition to die-hard bookworms, the festival’s music and dancing events attract students, tourists, and even India’s celebrity glitterati. Organized by William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale, the festival has seen writers such as J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Salman Rushdie. Artistes who have graced the festival include Amitabh Bachan, Dev Anand and Anoushka Shankar.

Spring Fever: Organized by Penguin Books India, The Spring Fever Festival hosted its second edition in March 2011 at New Delhi. One of the most awaited cultural events of the national capital, the 10 day event brought together a number of regional and english writers. Previous editions of the event have played host to a number of celebrated writers such as Ruskin Bond, Shobhaa De and Javed Akthar.

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival: The city’s annual literary festival, the Apeejay Kolkata literary festival brought together a number of celebrities from the world of art and literature. The event was successful in drawing huge crowds to its various sessions organized at different locations in the city. Writers and artistes who have participated in past editions of the festival include Nagesh Kukunoor, Atiq Rahimi and Patrick French.

The Mussourie Writers Festival: Organized by the Winterline Centre for the Arts, Missourie, The Writers Festival has grown to be a very popular event in its genre. In its third edition, the event brought more than 25 authors and artists, enthralling attendees of different age groups. Jim Curran, Amitabha Bagchi and Anuradha Roy are some of the distinguished names, who have participated in various editions of the festival.

Bookaroo: India’ s first children’s literature festival, Bookaroo has seen a great increase in attendee participation in a very short span of time. After hosting three successful editions in the national capital, the Bookaroo Trust took the festival to Srinagar in May, 2011, making it the first literary event in Jammu and Kashmir. Various speakers at previous editions of the event include Ruskin Bond, Anita Roy, Jaaved Jaffri and Roopa Pai.

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