Lucknow Literature Festival 2018
The region of Awadh is famous for its Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb, creating a kaleidoscopic culture of intercommunal faith and harmony. Epitomised by the opulent Nawabs who essentially adopted and subsequently refined the cultural bouquet built around centuries of influx and inclusion of migrants searching for a better future in the fertile Central Indian Plains. This strain of humanistic approach to life, stretching back to the Vedic times, can be seen mirrored in the body of literary work that emerged from the region. Two of the essential Hindu texts the Mahabharat and Ramayan were compiled and indeed set in the same plains. Kabir Das, Tulsidas, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Mahadevi Varma, Kaifi Azmi and Premchand all found enlightenment in the same culture.
We at the Lucknow Literature Festival truly believe that in today’s modern world only love, poetry and music can create an understanding to win over hatred, anger and violence. The past five years have seen us bring together some of the finest writers, opinion makers, thinkers and doers in an attempt to preserve and celebrate this ethnic diversity that forms the backbone of our Indian culture.
Moving into the sixth year, the festival is a reflection of our rich cultural heritage. The Lucknow Expressions Society constantly strives to provide local authors, young writers and the marginalised voices of society a platform to reach out to their audience. Our venture has always received support from the state government and is co-organised by the Tourism Department in a bid to promote literary tourism in the state. The sessions are cost free for everyone and anyone. Apart from the festival the society conducts literary gatherings year round to keep the ideas alive.
This year’s edition will focus on ‘how’ and ‘why’ our country is but one family. In an effort to celebrate the diversely unified ‘oneness’ of our nation join us in an exploration of the unifying features of our country which are deeply manifested within our literary and cultural realms. With a richness of 150 languages and 1600 dialects spoken across the Indian landscape there is a tremendous potential for both expansion as well as appreciation of our roots.
Moving ‘Beyond Boundaries’ of caste, class and religious divisions we will transcend the consolidating factors of our motherland through her literary and cinematic voices.
With our aim of bring enthusiasts in the city together for three days of sharing, understanding and growing, we kindly request your presence at the Lucknow Literature Festival 2018. Our dates this year are – 16th November to 18th November 2018.