The Hindu Lit for Life, the literature festival, is back with the third edition to start from February 6 in Delhi.

The festival continues to build on the foundations laid in the past two years. It starts with a discussion on economic history of modern at the Nehru Memorial Library. The participants include Shankar Aiyar, Brinda Karat, Bibek Debroy and Jayanthi Natarajan.

Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor, The Hindu, will moderate the discussion.

Following this, Steve McCurry will take us on a photo-journey through the Indian subcontinent.

The Hindu Literary Prize will be a crucial part of the event. The judges this year are: Susie Tharu, Pradeep Sebastian, Anita Nair, Nilanjana Roy and Paul Zachariah. The shortlist will be announced during the course of the evening.

The event then moves to Chennai where on two days, February 16 and 17, at Sir Mutha Venkatasubbarao Auditorium, exciting discussions, lectures and workshops will take place. Gopal Krishna Gandhi speaks about his two famous grandfathers, while Rahul Bose and Yog Japee read excerpts from letters exchanged between the two.

In addition, there will be a poetry workshop, art appreciation class and inside look at writing and illustrating children’s books. The finale on February 17 will be the announcement of the winner of The Hindu Literary Prize 2012. The festival is sponsored by VGN and powered by VIT University. Associate Sponsor are: Shriram Chits. And the Hospitality Sponsor: The Leela Palace Chennai.

Bookstore Partner: Landmark; Event Partner: Aura; Radio Partner: Chennai Live

The idea of a festival to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Hindu’s Literary Review was mooted in 2010.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 1, 2013)
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