Taj Literature Festival 2013
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[caption id="attachment_190079" align="alignright" width="198" caption="AD Man - Prahlad Kakkar & Preeti Shenoy after their session"][/caption] Agra: After months of wait and longing for such a large scale celebration of art and literature in the heart of the city of the Taj Mahal, the Taj Literature Festival, held from 1st � 3rd February 2013 was the perfect platform for literature, young and old, local, national and international to walk hand in hand and address the literati in this intellectual hub. Reaching out to the literary intelligentsia of Agra and Kanpur as well as a strong student population who are part of the DNA of this culturally rich town, the three-day festival encompassed a wide range of interactive and engaging sessions, including discussions, dramatic readings, sufi performances, enactments and workshops for its eager audience. Be it in the domain of music or writing or architecture, Agra has historically been known for its stronghold on culture and art.� Names like Ghalib, Tansen, Surdas and Nazeer form part of the lore of Agra. It�s quite unfortunate that with the passage of time, these arts appear to have lost their pre-eminence, and this festival is an attempt to rejuvenate the embers of that aesthetic spirit which smolder in this culturally & historically rich city. Some of the various shining stars of the literary world that graced the Taj Literature Festival with their valued presence were: famed author Shobha De, [caption id="attachment_190080" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Celluloid tales from the inside and outside Bollywood - Screenplay writer and Shakrukh Khan's biographer Mushtaq Shaikh in conversation with film critic and author Anna M M Vetticad"][/caption] leading adman Prahlad Kakkar, film maker and restorer Muzaffar Ali, ace photographer Raghu Rai, creative genius Preeti Shenoy, bestselling author Amish Tripathi, India�s first Mills & Boon author Milan Vohra, Popular Radio Jockey Neelesh Misra, noted political journalist and author Inderjit Bhadwar, Advisor to Nitish Kumar Pavan K Varma, IIT graduate turned author Tushar Raheja, National Secretary of the BJP Vani Tripathi. Various other authors also came forward to address this unique young audience, such as Ravi Subramanian, Aashti Bhartia, Sathya Saran and many more. Speaking about the literary extravaganza, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Harvijay Singh Bahia said �This February, the mystical ambience of the Taj Mahal was personified culturally with the intense and joyous first edition of the Taj literature festival. We hope to add fuel to the tradition of books, dialogue and creativity in our town. Every session of the festival will comprise aspects of literature, aesthetics, philosophy and crucial issues of our modest society. Commenting on this year�s edition of the Festival, Anshu Khanna, Event Co-ordinator, Taj Literature Festival and MD, Goodword Media Services Pvt [caption id="attachment_190081" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Decoding the Young Mind Writing for the young, by the young and of the young - Aashti Bhartia interacting with the audience during their session"][/caption] Ltd, said, �The glorious success of this first edition of the Taj Literature Festival has been a joint effort by not only the organizing and management teams but also a result of the strong support we received from distinguished and celebrated authors. We will continue to explore ways to take this festival to even greater heights and look forward to welcoming the various next editions of this festival!�
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