Pune city’s first and the only free festival of English Literature; the Pune International Literary Festival (PILF), will take place from September 28th to 30th.
This is the 6th edition of the festival and it would be held at YASHADA on Baner Road, Pune. This was announced by Dr. Manjiri Prabhu, acclaimed novelist and the festival Director, during a Press Conference held in the city.
Bharat Agarwal Managing Director Vishwakarma Publications, Rahul Karad Executive President, MIT World Peace University, Leena Prabhu, Bipinchandra Chaugule & Sonia Prabhu, members of the organizing committee of the festival were also present on the occasion.
The festival is being organized with support from Vishwakarma Publications as the Title Partners and MIT–WPU as the Associate Partners, along with many other partners mentioned separately. Shobha Arts is the Event Coordination Partner. Entry to the festival is free.
Vishwakarma Publications will announce the winner of the manuscript competition during the inauguration, along with book launch of the 2017 manuscript competition winner.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Prabhu said, “The basic objective of the festival is to celebrate the “Word‟ in all forms, to facilitate a direct connect between authors and readers and to create an inspirational platform for all creative people – at all levels of their careers, thereby promoting the culture of knowledge-based reading and learned appreciation of various arts and craft.
Dr. Prabhu further added that, “Keeping the Festival objective in mind, we have structured a unique festival this year, with a focus on co-existence, harmony, inclusiveness and variety in its schedule. We have 170 Speakers, 70+ sessions taking place in 5 different halls/areas on the campus which also include the Children’s Stream that we began last year”.
While giving the overview of the Festival this year, Dr. Prabhu said, “We have planned a great variety of sessions like:
An Army Panel which would elaborate on how Shivaji Maharaj‟s war techniques are implemented by the Army as well as a session on Kargil.
Thought-provoking sessions like “The Evolution of Human Rights- Are we there yet?‟ with Justice Roshan Dalvi, Benjamin Glahn (SGS) and Fadi Zaghmout, and
Forbidden, Attacked and Silenced – The Struggle within – with Salil Tripathi (Chair of the Writers in Prison, India), Josy Joseph and Nikhila Henry
Literary sessions on Catharsis, Re-Imagining Reality, Realism, Interpretation in art, media and literature
Exploring Genres, Marathi and English languages sessions on the future of publishing trends and Bookstores and their shrinking shelf-space.
Political panels like – Potholes and Milestones; the Indian political panorama with Tuhin Sinha, Tehsin Poonawala, Gurcharan Das and Tanveer Ahmed
A panel on Coping with Terrorism with Amit Lodha (IG-BSF, Jaisalmer), TCA Raghavan and Harinder Baweja
We continue our “Yours Truly‟ and solo sessions which detail the life journeys of stalwarts – we have Surender Mohan Pathak (doyen of Hindi Detective Literature with 300 novels), Honey Irani (Screenplay writer), Dr. Vishwanath Karad (creator of Biggest Peace Dome in the world), Shobhaa De and the multi-facetted Milind Gunaji.
We continue to promote and showcase debut authors by giving them a platform in the WhyBuyMyBook series as well as reading sessions in a special space that we have created on the lawn called Caravan by the Tree.
We have women-centric Panels like Power Women and „Woe-man or Wow-man the best Protagonist.
Our children stream Treasure Island, has some really attractive, fun and informative sessions too like Managing Your Finance, Story-Telling, A Treasure Hunt, Setting Upa Camping Tent, Good Touch Bad Touch, Dogs as Companions, Handedness – Use of Left or Right Hand, Leadership, Comic Book Making etc.
And finally, we have some cover and book launches by Anita Nair, Neelam Gorhe and a few others.
While concluding, Dr. Manjiri Prabhu requested the media representatives and thereby the people of Pune to refer to the entire schedule to pick and choose the sessions of their preference from a wide array of choice. The Schedule is being published on the website www.pilf.in.
Shri. Rahul Karad Executive President of Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT-World Peace University (Associate Partners) expressed his views on supporting PILF. He said, “Pune deserved such a Festival for a long time and we are happy to be supporting PILF since its beginning in 2013 because it has so prominently placed Pune on India‟s literary map in such a short spell of time. He further said, “MIT World Peace University has always been in forefront of initiating and supporting causes that promote culture, arts, social issues and democratic values, so supporting PILF was very organic for us. Dr. Prabhu has not only taken on a huge challenge of organizing a Literary Festival of this magnitude but has carried it diligently and taken it to greater heights by each year. By remaining an associate, we once again, express our solidarity to her, her team and PILF with the hope that PILF will continue to provide freedom of imagination to the youth and mold them into more aware, sensitive and concerned citizens.‟ Shri. Bharat Agarwal, Managing Director of Vishwakarma Publications (Title Partners) while expressing his thoughts about supporting PILF consecutively for the fourth year said, “As Publishers of English and Marathi books, we attend many festivals across India. Some are good and some are not up-to-the-mark, which leaves us deserving a lot. So when Dr. Manjiri Prabhu initiated PILF, we were impressed by its progress in just two years and decided to support & promote it in all manners we can. We are really happy that Dr. Prabhu and PILF has really stood strong to meet our expectations. PILF has not only matched Pune city‟s reputation as the cultural hub of India but is giving it a uniquely different dimension by bringing a diverse array of creative personalities to the city and also attracting large audiences to interact with them. With this year‟s well-carved schedule, I am sure PILF is going to cross more milestones. I wish the team all the success”.
Some of the prominent Speakers in PILF 2018
1. Shobhaa De
2. Honey Irani
3. Surender Mohan Pathak
4. Sanjay Khan
5. Zarine Khan
6. Zayed Khan
7. Anita Nair
8. Salil Tripathi
9. Milind Gunaji
10. Gurcharan Das
11. H. E. Lorenzo Angeloni
12. Vikas Amte
13. Sheetal Amte
14. Ravi Subramanian
15. Ariane von Graffenried
16. James Fennell
17. Dr. Alka Pande
18. Fadi Zaghmout
19. Kunal Vijaykar
20. Richard Rothman
21. Julia Kostova
22. Tuhin Sinha
23. Paul Cleave
24. Tara Deshpande
25. Dario Dezio
26. Antoine Lewis
27. Paula Morris
28. Bhawana Somaaya
29. Harinder Baweja
30. Manjeet Hirani
31. Benjamin Glahn
32. Stefano Pelle
33. Tushar Gandhi
34. Chiki Sarkar
35. Braja Sorensen
36. Hindol Sengupta
37. Geeta Dharmarajan
38. Josy Joseph
39. Uday Mahurkar
40. Rakhee Bakshee
41. Ashmith Kunder
42. Bhawani Iyer
43. Amit Lodha
44. TCA Raghavan
45. Tehsin Poonawala
The esteemed Partners of PILF 2018, whose support is invaluable:
1. Title Partner: Vishwakarma Publications
2. In Association Partner: MIT World Peace University
3. Children Stream Partner: Leap & Scale
4. Bronze Partner: Mahindra Rise
5. Bronze Partner: Jaico Publishing House
6. International Partner: Swiss Arts Council – Prohelvetia
7. International Partner: Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria& USA
8. Exhibition Partner: Fingerprint Publishing
9. Beverage partner: Sula Vineyards
10. Bookstore Partner: Crossword Bookstores
11. Airline Partner: Jet Airways
12. Event Coordination Partner: Shobha Arts