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Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Sahityotsav’ Set to Become World’s Largest Literary Festival


Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Sahityotsav’ Set to Become World’s Largest Literary Festival


In a historic celebration marking its 70th anniversary, Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, India, is set to host the world’s largest literary festival – ‘Sahityotsav.’ The annual Festival of Letters will run from March 11 to 16, 2024, boasting participation from over 1100 writers and scholars representing more than 175 languages.

Dr K. Sreenivasrao, Secretary of Sahitya Akademi, shared that the six-day festival will feature more than 190 sessions, offering a diverse and multilingual platform for literary discussions. The event will kick off with an exhibition showcasing the Akademi’s major activities from the previous year.

The grand inauguration will witness the presence of esteemed guests, including the Honourable Governors of three states – Arif Mohammed Khan (Kerala), Sri Bishwabhusan Harichandan (Chhattisgarh), and Sri C.V. Anand Bose (West Bengal). The festival’s highlight will be the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023 presentation ceremony on March 12, with distinguished Odia writer Pratibha Rai as the Chief Guest.

The Festival will feature a diverse range of programs, including Multilingual Poetry Reading, Short Story Reading, Yuva Sahiti, Asmita, Purvottari, and Panel Discussions on various topics such as Bhakti Literature of India, Children’s Literature, and the Importance of Mother Tongues. Notable events also include seminars on Post-Independence Indian Literature, All India Differently Abled Writers’ Meet, LGBTQ Writers’ Meet, and a symposium on the birth centenary of Mir Taqi Mir.

Renowned Urdu writer and lyricist Gulzar will deliver the prestigious Samvatsar lecture on March 13 at the Meghdoot open theatre.

Cultural programs will further enrich the festival, featuring Bharatanatyam by Rajshree Warrier, a special program ‘Kasturi’ paying tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Santvani singing by Mahesharam, and a play presentation of ‘Samrat Ashok’ written by Dayaprakash Sinha.

Various competitions, including painting contests and literary quizzes, are organized for children, expecting participation from over 1000 children from Delhi and NCR.

The festival will witness the participation of eminent writers and scholars from different Indian languages, adding a rich and diverse tapestry to the literary extravaganza.

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