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Pune, famous for being known as "Oxford of the East", will now get its first literary festival, Pune International Literary Festival (PILF). Organised by city-based authors Manjiri Prabhi and Sonja Chandrachud, the three-day event will be held from September 20 to 22 at the MIT campus in Kothrud, with more than 50 established and budding authors to take part. Noted authors such as Jerry Pinto, Ashwin Sanghi, Kiran Nagarkar and Preeti Shenoy are slated to participate. Panel discussions, workshops, book-launches and reading sessions are planned, along with a focus on vernacular literature, particularly Marathi. At a press conference earlier this week, Chandrachud said that PILF was an attempt to bring literature closer to the people of the city. With Shashi Deshpande, Shobhaa De (in the picture) and film-producer Siddhartha Jain on its advisory panel, the festival will also explore the evolution of the written word, from classics to popular literature, and other media such as television, films, radio and the new media.
Wooing the Sarod
Virasat 2013, the annual festival of SPIC MACAY's Pune chapter, is hosting performances by sarod maestro Pandit Biswajit Roy Choudhury and opera singers from Norway. Choudhury was introduced to sitar and sarod by his father and later received tutelage under Pandit Indranil Bhattacharya and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He is one of the few sarod players who play coveted compositions from the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Choudhury will be performing live in a concert on September 4 at NCRA, at 6 pm, and on September 4 at Cummins College, at 6 pm.
The festival, which is aimed at inspiring the youth through Indian performance arts, was
inaugurated on August 21 with a sitar concert by Purbayan Chatterjee at the College of Engineering (COEP).
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