Eloquent end to Shoolini University Litfest
The concluding day of the Shoolini Literature festival came to an eloquent end with moving poetry and powerful literature.
The day began with a riveting session on English poetry which included narration by Arundhati Subramaniam, Sukrita Paul Kumar, and Sanjukta Dasgupta. The session was moderated by Roshan Lal Sharma. The second session was the much-awaited ‘Meet the Artist’ session with Padma Shri Shubha Mudgal in conversation with Ashoo Khosla. Mudgal created an aura of calm, peace, and witty repartee with her mellifluous voice and diction.
The third session of the day gave a wholesome dose of horror and spine chillers with great discussions from Neil D’Silva, Ketaki Patwardhan, and Sharmistha Shenoy and was moderated by Aradhika Sharma. The fact that this particular session ironically coincided with Valentine’s Day created much amusement among those present.
The afternoon sessions began with a mesmerising bilingual session on Urdu Shayari with young poets like Aqib Sabir, Faisal Fehmi, and Pallav Mishra. The session was moderated by Anisur Rahman, who also shared his own composition.
A session on children’s literature with Prashant Pinge, Prasun Roy, and Maulshree Mahajan was moderated by Meenakshi F. Paul, where the challenges of writing for young audience were discussed in great detail. This was followed by another ‘Meet the Author’ session with Manjiri Prabhu, where her craft and works were discussed.
The final session was “All about Lit-Fest” with Manjiri Prabhu, Mitul Dikshit and Vivek Atray. Both these sessions were moderated by Manju Jaidka.
The three-day event came to an end with closing remarks from Vice Chancellor Atul Khosla, and the co-directors of the Festival, Ashoo Khosla, and Manju Jaidka. Everyone thanked the people behind the scenes, which included the entire organising team, Purnima Bali, Neeraj Pizar, and Sakshi Sundaram and the technical team, Chaitanya Moudgil and Kamal Kant Vashisht.
A special mention and acknowledgement also went to Suhail Mathur of the Book Bakers Book Agency for his constant help and support right from the inception of the idea.