From Regional Desk:
SWA rocks the show at GLF 2016!
-(A round-up of Gujarat Literature Festival 2016)

Gujarat Literature Festival, or GLF, is the first literary festival of Gujarat, which started four years back in Ahmedabad. In December 2016, GLF saw its 4th edition, from the 14th – 18th (Wed – Sun) of the month, at Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.

Over 200 local, national and international authors, experts and performers from different languages like Gujarati, English, Urdu and Hindi, became a part of the language-neutral GLF. The festival celebrated authors, poets and playwrights with the same fanfare with which it honoured film writers, lyricists, bloggers, social media writers and other genres that use literary creativity. As a result, the visitors witnessed more than 80 thought-provoking sessions that ranged from book-launches to author debuts, philosophical discussions to serious talks about comedy, and delving into mythology to debating gender equations in the society.    

GLF 2016 and Screenwriters Association came together for creative collaboration for four wonderful sessions, including a workshop for pre-registered participants, on screenwriting. The quality of the discourse in these sessions was high, the discussions were meaningful and substantial, and the halls were packed with an eager audience. SWA’s EC member Anjum Rajabali also shared the stage with the Chief Guest as a part of the opening ceremony, while every GLF announcer, speaker and anchorperson referred to SWA repeatedly on all five days.




Well, no worries in case you missed the event! Watch all the SWA sessions, here –

Session Name: Sati or Sunny?

Description: Challenges of portraying women and gender equations in mainstream cinema

Speakers: Pubali Chaudhuri, Juhi Chaturvedi, Ritesh Shah, Jaideep Sahni

Date: December 16, 2016


Session Name: Hindustani; Hindi; Hinglish?

Description: The Challenge of Writing Dialogue in a Rapidly Evolving Linguistic Culture in India 

Speakers: Juhi Chaturvedi, Jaideep Sahni, Saumya Joshi & Ritesh Shah

Date: December 16, 2016


Session Name: Mythology Re-born!

Description: Contemporary Indian writing is influenced by mythology

Speakers: Anjum Rajabali & Suman Mukhopadhyay

Date: December 17, 2016


That’s not all. There were many more interesting sessions at GLF 2016 that our writer friends will find interesting. Such as -

Session name: An Ode to Bob Dylan

Description: Music and lyrics writing in mainstream literature

Speakers: Abhishek Jain, Kausar Munir, Mayur Puri, Shellee

Date: December 18, 2016


Session Name: A Reporter Turns 'Raees'

Description: Ashish Vashi, co-writer of the upcoming film 'Raees', in conversation with Mayur Puri

Speakers: Ashish Vashi & Mayur Puri

Date: December 18, 2016


Session Name: The Mastani Mystery Deepens

Description: Was Mastani a Muslim dancer or a Hindu warrior princess?

Speakers: Kusum Chopra, Vikrant Pande, Gauri Wagenaar

Date: December 18, 2016 


(PS: The video for SWA workshop, which took place on December 17, hasn’t been made available by the organizers. This workshop, titled 'Cinema and Literature: What is Adaptation Really’, was conducted by Anjum Rajabali, Suman Mukhopadhyay and Saumya Joshi.)


-Dinkar Sharma

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