Solan, Feb 12

The first edition of Shoolini Literature Festival began at the Shoolini university of Biotechnology and Management Sciences at Bhajhol, here on Friday. The festival that  would  feature several well-known names like Shubha Mudgal, Irshad Kamil, Mahesh Dattani and Githa Hariharan, was inaugurated by the President of the Foundation for Life Sciences and Business Management Saroj Khosla.

The festival, being held in the virtual space, is being organised by University’s Department of English. Spread over three days and 20 sessions, the Festival shall host approximately 60 speakers. The festival began with a prologue by Mukesh Williams on “Literature makes the world go round”. It was followed by “Meet the author” featuring Mahesh Dattani and moderated by Malashri Lal.

A discussion on “Keeping the Readers Hooked” by Mona Verma, Vasudev Murthy and Priyadarshini Narendra was next. It was moderated by Siddharth Pandey. In the afternoon a session moderated by Nishtha Shukla Anand discussed “Of Human Bonding” with Rakhi Anand, Rohini Pranjpe Sathe, and Bhavna Mishra.

A Meet the Author session was held with Sidin Vadukut, moderated by Ashish Khosla. The first day ended with a session on Story-telling in the Classrooms, moderated by Atul Khosla with Simi Srivastava, Deeptha Vivekanand, Amardip Kaur and Vasudha Neel Mani.

The organisers, Manju Jaidka and Ashoo Khosla, said there was a tremendous response to the first day’s sessions. The programme was live-streamed on YouTube and other social media channels.

Among those who would feature in the litfest tomorrow are the famous poet and lyricist Irshad Kamil, and the well-known novelist, Githa Hariharan.


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