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Like it or not, the ‘other’ fest here to stay

They had no literary stars, a big budget or the grandeur that the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) boasts of. But the organisers of the Parallel Literature Festival (PLF) were an elated lot on Monday, the concluding day of the alternative event.
At the end of three-day PLF, organisers reported a footfall of nearly 10,000 people from their three venues. Over 400 writers from languages, including Hindi, Sindhi and Punjabi, came on their own to participate in the event which saw the release of over 50 books.
The festival also marked the presence of ‘not so known and popular’ authors from Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi. Most importantly, authors from other countries, including Nepal and Sri Lanka, were so keen to attend the festival to the point that they did not charge a penny from the organisers.
It also gave a chance to people from all walks of life to showcase their writing skills. “My book ‘Parichay Kalpana Se’ was released here. It’s a collection of poems, based on the philosophy of life, relations and pain. The festival has also been a good platform to know other authors from other languages,” said Kalpana Purohit, author of the book and a Hindi teacher.
Recalling how the idea was conceived and executed to TOI, Ishmadhu Talwar, general secretary of the Rajasthan Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh and chief coordinator of the festival, said, “When the idea came to our mind, we contacted various authors who have done a remarkable job in their languages. We had clearly told them that we don’t have a lavish budget and sponsors. I am thankful to them. They not only came to attend the event but travelled on their own and did not charge a penny. On this scale, we could get a footfall of at least 10,000 people in three days. This is remarkable for us.”
On the concluding day, a session on ‘Filmi Geeton Ke Samajik Sarokar’ attracted a large audience in which lyricist Irshad Kamil and scriptwriter Rajkumar Singh participated. Source : timesofindia



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