Hyderabad Literary Festival

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Hyderabad Literary Festival
HLF logo
Genre Literary festival
Dates 23–26 January 2015
Location(s) Hyderabad, India
Years active 2010-present
Website
http://www.hydlitfest.org/

Hyderabad Literary Festival or HLF is a literary festival held in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.[1] It is a 3-day annual event that celebrates creativity in all its forms. Every year has a guest nation, and an Indian language in focus.

The Festival has emerged as an important event in the cultural calendar of the country[2] representing as it does the rich and cosmopolitan ethos of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, as well as the vibrant culture of the modern Cyberabad. HLF is a Festival for All. Its programme includes conversations with authors, readings, panels discussions, workshops, book launches, cultural programmes, events for college students and school children.

Hyderabad Literary Festival 2014 is organized by Hyderabad Literary Trust in association with the Department of Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh, and with the support of several academic, literary, cultural organizations and publishing houses.

2010 festival[edit]

The festival started in 2010 for the first time at the historic palace, Taramati Baradari. Muse India, the leading literary web-journal of the country, and Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), the international face of Osmania University (OU) had jointly organized HLF 2010. Held from December 10 to 12, 2010, Hyderabad played host to nearly 100 writers from across India, writing in various Indian languages and English. Never before had the Twin Cities seen an assemblage of such a large and diverse group of writers at a single event, reading from their work and sharing their insights into the creative process.

Key among them were, Padma Bhushan Prof Shiv K Kumar, the Doyen among Indian English Poets, Prof Udaya Narayana Singh, Pro-VC, Viswa-Bharati, Santiniketan, Prof K Satchidanandan, Former Secretary, Sahitya Akademi and eminent Malayalam Poet, Ms Mamang Dai, former Civil Servant and noted Writer from North-East India, Dr Shanta Acharya, London-based poet and scholar, earlier with the London Business School, Mr Hemant Divate , the noted Marathi poet and Editor, Abhidhanantar, Dr Dileep Jhaveri, the Eminent Gujarati poet, K Siva Reddy, the leading Telugu poet, Prof Laksmisree Banerjee , Vice Chancellor, Kolhan University, Jharkhand, Prof Hoshang Merchant, the well-known Hyderabad-based poet, Mr T P Rajeevan, Malayalam poet, editor and publisher and Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar,the noted Urdu and Hindi scholar and poet.

The Festival was inaugurated on December 10, 2010 at Green Park Hotel, Greenlands, Hyderabad. Mr Keki Daruwalla, the Distinguished poet, delivered the Keynote Address. The Literary sessions were held at OUCIP along with a special Cultural Evening at the famous heritage site, Taramati Baradari, Golkonda. The participants of the Festival were :

Writers in Indian Languages

  1. Kamal Kumar Tanti
  2. Rashmirekha Bora
  3. Siva Prasad Marar
  1. Probal Dasgupta
  1. Dileep Jhaveri
  2. Rajendra Patel
  3. Sanju Wala
  4. Nazir Mansuri
  5. Neerav Patel
  6. Ajai Sarvaiya
  1. Savita Singh
  2. Vinita Sharma
  1. Hema Pattannashetty
  1. Udaya Narayana Singh
  1. K Satchidanandan
  2. T P Rajeevan
  3. Kalpatta Narayanan
  4. O P Suresh
  1. Hemant Divate
  2. Mangesh Kale
  3. Varjesh Solanki
  4. Manya Joshi
  1. Paramita Satpathy
  2. Bharat Majhi
  1. Bhagwant Rasoolpuri
  1. Rajaram Brammarajan
  2. Mugaiyur Asadha
  3. Sreenesan
  4. Ajayan Bala
  5. Pazhanivel
  1. K Siva Reddy
  2. Volga
  3. Vinodini
  4. Mahe Jabeen
  5. Mukunda Ramarao
  6. Varanasi Nagalakshmi
  7. Rani Sivasankara Sarma
  1. Jameela Nishat
  2. Baig Ehsas
  3. Raoof Khair
  4. Gian Singh

Writers in English

  1. Shiv K Kumar
  2. Keki Daruwalla
  3. Shanta Acharya
  4. Mamang Dai
  5. Sukrita Paul Kumar
  6. Laksmisree Banerjee
  7. Hoshang Merchant
  8. Sridala Swamy
  9. Rizio Raj
  10. Kala Ramesh
  11. Shernaz Wadia
  12. Ibohal Kshetrimayum
  13. Janice Pariat
  14. Lovita J R Morang
  15. Navkirat Sodhi
  16. R J Kalpana
  17. Kalyani Kapur
  18. Rumjhum Biswas
  19. Priyadarshi Patnaik
  20. Deepa Agarwal
  21. Manu Dash
  22. Sharanya Haridas
  23. Dominic Franks
  24. Anindita Sengupta
  25. Menka Shivdasani
  26. Gargi Talapatra
  27. Murali Sivaramakrishnan
  28. VVB Rama Rao
  29. Thampi Jayasingh
  30. Rajaram Ramachandran
  31. Anupama Raju
  32. Meitim Connolly
  33. Priti Aisola
  34. Mohammad Zahid
  35. Maryam Ala Amjadi
  36. Gopa Nayak
  37. Kumarendra Mallick
  38. Seshu Chamarty
  39. Atreya Sarma
  40. TS Chandramouli
  41. Ruth Khanna
  42. Sivakami Velliangiri
  43. Ambika Ananth
  44. Hiranya Aditi
  45. Anand Viswanadha
  46. Vamsee Juluri
  47. V Ramabrahmam
  48. Fatima Shahnaz
  49. Satish K Agarwal

2012 festival[edit]

The festival was held from January 16–18, 2012 at the impressive Taramati Baradari cultural complex located in the historic Golkonda area. It was organized by Muse India, the highly acclaimed Hyderabad-based literary eJournal, and the Department of Tourism, Government of AP, in partnership with Osmania University, Central University of Hyderabad, and several cultural organizations of the city.

Special sessions were held in Telugu and Urdu-Hindi literatures. Some of the best writers in Telugu, Urdu and Hindi based in Hyderabad were featured in sessions dedicated to these languages. There was an actual performance of Ashthavadhanam, a unique and amazing genre of Telugu literature that demands exceptional scholarship, skills in composing poetry, memory power and presence of mind. There also was an Urdu Mushaira session, so popular among the people of Hyderabad.

Germany was the 'Featured Nation' at HLF-2012, with the participation of a few senior German writers and a Music band. Muse India also carried a special feature on Contemporary German Literature in its Jan-Feb 2012 Issue to coincide with the festival.

Muse India instituted 2 awards to be given at HLF - The Young Writer Award and The Translation Award. For the 2011 awards, Muse India received an overwhelming response with 150 entries. National level Juries nominated the following writers/books (alphabetical order) for the Awards that were announced at HLF 2012:

Nominations for the Translation Award 2011

  1. Jai Ratan's translation of Kamleshwar's 'Not Flowers of Henna', Katha, 2007
  2. Naresh Jain's translation of Omprakash Valmiki's 'Amma and Other Stories', Manohar, 2008
  3. Ranjit Hoskote's translation of 'I, Lalla, The Poems of Lal Ded', Penguin. 2011.

Nominations for the Young Writer Award 2011 for Poetry

  1. Amrita V Nair's 'Yours Affectionately', Writers Workshop, 2009
  2. Anindita Sengupta's 'City of Water', Sahitya Akademi, 2010
  3. Semeen Ali's 'Rose & Ashes', Writers Workshop, 2009.

Guests of Honour for HLF 2012 were C. Narayana Reddy, Gulzar, and Pavan K. Varma. Foreign Writers included Christopher Kloeble, Germany, Constance Borde, France, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, France, and Urs Widmer, Switzerland.

The other participating writers and speakers were:

  1. Abburi Chhaya Devi
  2. Adil Jussawalla
  3. Aditi Rao
  4. Ahilya Mishra
  5. Ajay M Konchery
  6. Ambika Ananth
  7. Amish Tripathi
  8. Amita Desai
  9. Amrita V Nair
  10. Ananda Shankar Jayant
  11. Angshuman Kar
  12. Anindita Sengupta
  13. Anitha Thampi
  14. Arathi H N
  15. Arjun Choudhuri
  16. Ashraf Rafi
  17. Atreya Sarma U
  18. Bharat Majhi
  19. Charanjeet Kaur
  20. Chennaiah V (Doraveti)
  21. Dileep Jhaveri
  22. Elizabeth Kurian ‘Mona’
  23. Gillian Wright
  24. Gopi N
  25. Haragopal G
  26. Harimohan Paruvu
  27. Hasan Farrukh
  28. Hemang Desai
  29. Hemant Divate
  30. Hoshang Merchant
  31. Indu Sundaresan
  32. Jagdish Mittal
  33. Jagjeevan Lal Asthana
  34. Jaishree Misra
  35. Jeelani Bano
  36. Kazim Ali
  37. Khadeer Babu
  38. Khalid Saeed
  39. Kiran Nagarkar
  40. Kishori Lal Vyas
  41. Krishna Shastri Devulapalli
  42. Madhu Benoit
  43. Mamta Agarwal
  44. Mamta Sagar
  45. Mandakranta Sen
  46. Mark Tully
  47. Masood Jafri
  48. Meena Alexander
  49. Mohan Ramanan
  50. Mrunalini C
  51. Mushaf Iqbal Tausifi
  52. Muztar Mazaj
  53. Nabina Das
  54. Narendra Luther
  55. Narendra Rai Srivastav
  56. Navkirat Sodhi
  57. Prageeta Sharma
  58. Prasad GJV
  59. Pritham Chakravarthy
  60. Priti Aisola
  61. Rahul Pandita
  62. Raja Hussain
  63. Rajeevan Thachom Poyil
  64. Rammanohar Reddy C
  65. Rishabha Deo Sharma
  66. Robert Bohm
  67. Sachidananda Mohanty
  68. Sachin Ketkar
  69. Saeed Mirza
  70. Sagarika Chakraborty
  71. Sailaja Mithra
  72. Santosh Alex
  73. Sardar Saleem
  74. Semeen Ali
  75. Shankar Melkote
  76. Shanta Acharya
  77. Shashi Narayan Swadheen
  78. Sridala Swami
  79. Srilata K
  80. Sudha Balagopal
  81. Sukrita Paul Kumar
  82. Suniti Namjoshi
  83. Sushmita Sadhu
  84. Swati Chawla
  85. Syed Saleem
  86. Tasneem Johar
  87. Udaya Narayana Singh
  88. Vamsee Juluri

2013 Festival[edit]

In 2013 the 3-day Hyderabad Literary Festival was very successfully held from 18 to 20 January 2013 on the campus of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Gachibowli, Hyderabad. It drew participation of around 125 writers and artistes from all over India and several other countries. It was inaugurated on Jan 18, 2013 by Mr E S L Narasimhan, Honorable Governor of Andhra Pradesh. The keynote was delivered by Dr Sitakant Mahapatra, the Jnanpith and Padma Vibhushan awardee.

HLF2013 was organized by Muse India: the literary ejournal in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh, and with the support of several academic, literary, cultural organizations and publishing houses. The Guest Nation of HLF 2013 was France. A new feature that was being introduced at HLF 2013, was a special focus on the literature and culture of one Indian language at each edition of the Festival. Telugu became the first language in focus at HLF 2013.

The writers that represented the Indian Language in Focus, Telugu, were :

  1. Bhagyalakshmi J
  2. Bhaskar Nalimela
  3. Bhavani Devi Chillara
  4. Chandramouli Raamaa
  5. Devipriya
  6. Gopi N
  7. Kavitha Prasad, Rallabandi
  8. Mrunalini C
  9. Rajender Mangari
  10. Ramkrishna Rao Yallapragada
  11. Satish Chandar
  12. Satyanarayana S V
  13. Shajahana Begum
  14. Siva Reddy K
  15. Venugopal N

The French delegation of writers that represented France as the Guest Nation for HLF 2013 were:

  1. Anupama Raju
  2. Jean Morières
  3. Judith Oriol
  4. Kenize Mourad
  5. Pascale Labbé
  6. Vaiju Naravane

The other foreign delegates present at HLF 2013 were :

  1. Bill Ashcroft, Australia
  2. Bill Wolak, USA
  3. Dorothee Elmiger, Switzerland
  4. Gabriel Rosenstock, Ireland
  5. Germain Droogenbroodt, Belgium
  6. Inka Parei, Germany
  7. Katy Derbyshire, Germany
  8. Nukhbah Langah, Pakistan
  9. Onyeka Nwelue, Nigeria
  10. Paula Richman, USA
  11. Theresa Hahl, Germany

Indian writers who work abroad, and were present at HLF 2013 were:

  1. Dipika Mukherjee, USA
  2. Kanchana Krishnan Ayyar, USA
  3. Kunal Mukherjee, USA
  4. Latika Mangrulkar, USA
  5. Meena Alexander, USA
  6. Meenu Mehrotra, Dubai
  7. Michelle Cahill, Australia
  8. Rama Shivakumar, USA
  9. Supriya Bhatnagar, USA
  10. Tabish Khair, Denmark
  11. Ujwala Dixit, USA

Writers from across India who participated in HLF 2013 are:

  1. Abha Iyengar
  2. Abhisar Sharma
  3. Altaf Tyrewala
  4. Ambika Ananth
  5. Anita Nair
  6. Anna Sujatha Mathai
  7. Debasish Lahiri
  8. Dileep Jhaveri
  9. Dilip D'Souza
  10. Dipallé Parmar
  11. Ganesh N Devy
  12. Gayatribala Panda
  13. Hemant Divate
  14. Jaydeep Sarangi
  15. Jose Varghese
  16. Kala Ramesh
  17. Krishna Shastri Devulapalli
  18. Kulpreet Yadav
  19. Lakshmi Kannan
  20. Lipipuspa Nayak
  21. Mamta Anand
  22. Manosi Lahiri
  23. Menka Shivdasani
  24. Mohammad Zahid
  25. Mridula Koshy
  26. Mushirul Hasan
  27. Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee
  28. Prasad G J V
  29. Priyamvada N Purushotham
  30. Rajeevan Thachom Poyil
  31. Ramesh K
  32. RamG Vallath
  33. Ranjit Hoskote
  34. Ranu Uniyal
  35. Richa Lakhera
  36. Sachin Ketkar
  37. Satchidanandan K
  38. Shafi Shauq
  39. Sindhu Rajasekaran
  40. Sreelatha Chakravarty
  41. Sudeep Sen
  42. Vikrant Dutta
  43. Vinod Mehta

Various writers and speakers who were in Hyderabad, and also took part in HLF 2013, are:

  1. Aarthi Ramachandran
  2. Amita Desai
  3. Ananda Shankar Jayant
  4. Atreya Sarma U
  5. Jameela Nishat
  6. Jean-Manuel Duhaut
  7. Karuna Gopal
  8. Kumarendra Mallick
  9. Mohan Ramanan
  10. Narendra Luther
  11. Rao GSP
  12. Sachidananda Mohanty
  13. Sekhar Kammula
  14. Shankar Melkote
  15. Sudhir TS
  16. Tejdeep Kaur Menon
  17. Vasuprada Kartic
  18. Vijay Kumar T

2014 Festival[edit]

HLF's fourth edition was held right in the heart of the city on Literary Street, Road no. 8, Banjara Hills. The festival was a grand success with an estimated approximately 6,500 footfall over the three days of the festival from January 24 to January 26, 2014. This year's guest nation was Ireland[3] and H.E. Feilim McLaughlin, Ambassador of Ireland to India,[4] graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.[5] The Indian language in focus was Hindi, and several Hindi authors including Sahitya Academi award-winner Mridula Garg were present.

The inauguration took place on the January 24, 2014 at Ashiana[6] and the festival was presented by Smt. Chandana Khan, I.A.S., Special Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Tourism, and Hon. Chairman of Hyderabad Literary Festival. Mahesh Dattani, well known playwright in English, actor and director from India, also the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award, was the Chief Guest. The inauguration ceremony culminated in a Literary Walk or LitWalk, that threw open the Literary Street and brought all the festival venues to life!

The festival took place in various venues off Literary Street : Ashiana, Kalpa School, Saptaprni, Kalakriti Art Gallery and Lamakaan. The programme left one spoilt for choice with a packed schedule including literary sessions, several workshops that catered to all ages, competitions for children and youth, as well as evening cultural events on all three days. The highlight of the cultural programme was the performance at the historical location of Taramati Baradari, by Irish groups "Mouth on Fire" and "Guthanna Binne Síoraí" that brought to life the work of Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett and the poetry of Irish Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats.

The festival had more than a hundred writers, poets, artists, speakers and panelists present.

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