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  • Pune International Literary Festival focuses on Children’s Rights

    The fourth edition the Pune International Literary Festival takes place in September with a focus on Children’s Rights. DESIblitz finds out more.

    Pune International Literary Festival

    "The primary objective of the fest is to act as a platform between authors and readers"

    Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) gets ready for its fourth year with the event taking place on 2nd September 2016.

    The three day festival will take place at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (Yashada), Baner in India.

    ‘Children’s Rights’ is the focus of this year’s festival. The organisers hope to raise awareness regarding the issues children’s face.

    Children will be involved in activities such as street plays by Save the Children organisation.

    There will be an exhibition to look forward too based on the works of Enid Blyton the writer of children’s novels and the creator of the character Noddy.

    The founder and director of the Pune festival, Manjiri Prabhu, told media:

    “Though over 70 literacy festivals are hosted every year in India across various cities, Pune never had one. So with an intention to give the city it’s own literary festival of English literature, we started PILF three years ago.”

    Although the festival aims to provide a platform for beginner literary talents, it will still bring many famous names.

    Prabhu explained the key aims of the festival:

    “The primary objective of the fest is to act as a platform between authors and readers for their direct interaction and and thereby contributing towards promoting the book reading culture, which has been loosing its sheen due to various reasons.”

    Topics discussed by the panel will include:

    • The changing trends of Marathi cinema
    • 60 years of Frankfurt book fair
    • Relevance in recreation – Mythology and Ramayan
    • Marathi literature in changing times
    • Poetry heart to heart
    • Challenging global leaders
    • Women relationships and law

    The Pune festival will include a series ‘Truly Yours’ in which eminent speakers will discuss experiences about their professional and personal life.

    In total, there will be 63 sessions featuring panel discussions, workshops as well as book launches.

    NR Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of the Indian information technology company, Infosys, will be welcomed as the key guest at the opening of the Pune International Literary Festival.

    Sabiha is a psychology graduate. She is passionate about writing, women empowerment, Indian classical dance, performing and food! Her motto is “we need to teach our women to be somebodies instead of somebody’s”

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