"Orange City Literature Festival"
A literary festival usually features a variety of presentations and readings by authors, as well as other events, delivered over a period of several days, with the primary objectives of promoting the authors' books and fostering a love of literature and writing. The festival aims to provide an enthralling experience to the people in society by the celebration of literature. This Festival will involve eminent personalities from the field of their expertise who can share the various path of their literature experience. In the first year of this initiative, the festival is to be organized for 2 days on 5th and 6th December - 2019.
This event is to be organized by SGR Knowledge Foundation in association with Raisoni Group of Institutions at the center of the city in Chitnavis Centre. The event is self-financed and entry to the participant is totally free. Whereas the involvement of various related entities will be there such as Media Support, Venue Support, Hospitality support, etc. this will be shared in the course of time.
This festival intent to involve Poets, Writers, Actors, Journalists, Sports personality, Etc. from the languages English, Hindi, and Marathi with one more regional language Bengali to share their work and exchanging ideas about literature and culture with talks, panel discussions, book signings, book readings, etc, as a course of this festival. Various workshops on literature and contests will also be a part of the festival.
The gathering of the intellectuals during this festival will surely add value to the initiative. The intellectuals will surely give an insight for the attendees to contemplate, discuss various topics in different languages, literature, and life.
We have joined hands with Crossword as a bookstore partner. The Organizing panel comprises the thinkers and active people of Nagpur and Other Like, Chairman RGI Mr. Sunil Raisoni – Founder Lit Fest, Mrs. Varsha Shashank Manohar – President Women's Home Trust Nagpur, Dr. Rajan Welukar – Ex VC Mumbai University, Dr. Radhakrishan Pillai – Renowned Author, Mr. Ashutosh Ram Shewalkar – Businessman Author and Social Contributor.
Madhvi MenonMadhvi Menon
Madhavi Menon is professor of English at Ashoka University, and writes on desire and queer theory. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama; Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film; and Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism. She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Avinash DharmadhikariAvinash Dharmadhikari
Avinash Dharmadhikari is a former Indian Administrative Services officer. He was a well-known social activist and free-lance journalist before joining IAS. After serving on various posts during his administrative career of ten years he resigned from IAS in 1996 for the reason that can be best described in Arun Shourie's words "to be able to serve Indian society better”. He was Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra at the time of his resignation. He is founder and director of Chanakya Mandal Pariwar, a public charitable trust working in the field of Career Guidance and Personality Development.
Nishigandha WadNishigandha Wad
Nishigandha Wad is an acclaimed Marathi film actress who has acted in Hindi films and in Hindi and Marathi serials. She started acting in commercial cinema around 1989–90 and has acted in more than 160 films. She has done many TV serials in Hindi and Marathi. She performs the various roles in her career as a actor, Director, Producer, and writer. She wrote 9 books and is pursuing her 3rd PhD.
Shri. Pawan SinhaShri. Pawan Sinha
Shri. Pawan Sinha is well known personality in India mostly popular as Astro uncle. He Advice people for their future and family problem. At the age of 8, he left his home for searching of God. But due to family responsibilities he returned. At the age of 12, Pawan Sinha started doing ‘Sadhna’.
He founded Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram, a spiritual organization for the mental and moral development of youth and children, spreading Dharma, there are around 12000 members. He has delivered near about 3500 episodes on Delhi Aaj Tak, Tez, Aaj Tak, Star News and India News, spoken for parenting and behavioural problems in youth and children.
Shazia IlmiShazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi is a former well-established prime-time television anchor and political correspondent who is the first working woman in her family. Her 15 years of experience in media is diverse in the field of documentary production and television news. "Desh Videsh" the popular news show of Star News featured in prime time, was produced, anchored and hosted by Shazia Ilmi. Several shows on current affairs and documentaries highlighting issues on gender bias and rights of minority groups in India were produced by her. One of her shows, "Dr. Kans", featured sting operations on doctors involved in illegal female foeticide. The aftermath of the operation witnessed suspension of medical licenses of such doctors. She has also been associated with other renowned news mediums such as Zee News and The Times of India.
Jonathan HarrisJonathan Harris
Jonathan Gil Harris is the author of six books on early modern literature and culture. A native of New Zealand, educated in England, domiciled in the US for 23 years, and now resident in India, he is interested in the histories of migration and globalization. His new book, The First Firangis: How to Be Authentically Indian, is published by Aleph Books.
Dr. Swati LodhaDr. Swati Lodha
Dr.Swati Lodha’s journey is an interesting and enriching mix, starting from tent classrooms in the schools to Harvard classrooms. She has trained more than 10,000 young minds through my organization SWASH PD Pvt Ltd in 17 years. She has also empowered youth to learn ABC – Attitude, Behaviour and Communication – to live a life full of happiness and gratitude.
Corporate Trainings and speaking assignments based on her books “Come on! Get, Set Go” and “Why Women are what they are”, have created communities of learners who really believe in enriching and updating themselves.
She Says,” Preparation of her new book on Parenting has helped her in reaching out to Parents across the world with her concept of “MOON PARENTING” which is for 21st century parents. Her Parenting workshops help all the parents like her to learn and unlearn, to empathize and empower each other.
The Lecture series on Leadership and Motivation conducted with her Actor – Poet husband Shailesh Lodha (AKA Tarak Mehta of famous SAB TV show) leave people with loads of laughter and lots of learning’s.
Akash KhuranaAkash Khurana
Akash Khurana is an Indian actor, screenwriter, theatre artist and entrepreneur. He made his first screen appearance in Shyam Benegal's Kalyug and went on to act in nearly 60 films such as Ardh Satya, Saaransh, Naam, Beta, Saudagar, Sarfarosh, Company and Barfii. He won the Nandi Award of Andhra Pradesh for playing the lead in the Telugu film Dr. Ambedkar. He has also written over 20 screen plays, including Aashiqui and Baazigar, the latter fetching him the Film fare Award.
Susmita MukherjeeSusmita Mukherjee
Susmita Mukherjee is an actor. A graduate of the National School of Drama, she has done pioneering work in her thirty-five-year-long career in theatre, films and television. She founded the Natak theatre company in 1988 and her script, Nati, has played to full houses at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai and elsewhere. She has acted in over 100 films. Her most recent, sold, deals with child trafficking. It was directed by Oscar-winning director Jeffery Brown, and released in the US in 2016. Susmita has also written several short stories, and is working on her second novel.
Dr. Radhakrishnan PillaiDr. Radhakrishnan Pillai
Radhakrishnan Pillai, fondly known as CHANAKYA Pillai, He is a teacher to his students, an author to his readers, a management trainer, consultant and guide to his clients.
Radhakrishnan Pillai has been confirmed with the Sardar Patel National award 09 for this research on Chanakya and his principles. Also his first book 'The corporate Chanakya' has created record for the highest number of pre-release sales for any first book of an author.
Shanta GokhaleShanta Gokhale
Shanta Gokhale is a novelist, playwright, translator, cultural critic, columnist and theatre historian. She has written two novels in Marathi, Rita Welinkar and Tya Varshi. Both won the Maharashtra State Award for the best novel of the year and have been translated by her into English. Apart from several plays, she has also translated Smritichitre: The Memoirs of a Spirited Wife by Lakshmibai Tilak and the novel Kautik on Embers (Dhag) by Uddhav J. Shelke. She has written and edited several other books on theatre, including The Scenes We Made: An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai.
In 2016, Shanta Gokhale received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her overall contribution to the performing arts.
Sanjay NaharSanjay Nahar
Sanjay Nahar was born to the younger brother of Dhanrajji, Kantilal Nahar. As a child, he would see these leaders of that time and listen to their discussions. He was too young to understand what they discussed but that sowed a seed in Sanjay’s impressionable mind.
Having worked closely with people and authorities in two Border States of India, Punjab and J&K, Sanjay Nahar founded Sarhad, a social organization dedicated to work in the border areas, in 1995.Today, that small sapling has become a large tree in the form of a reputed organization which has created a great name and place for itself in history with a number of initiatives like Sarhad School – Sarhad College of Arts, Commerce & Science at Katraj, Pune which provides education to more than 150 Kashmiri children. All the expenses for lodging and boarding of these students are borne by Sarhad without any help from government or foreign agencies.
Namita GokhaleNamita Gokhale
Namita Gokhale is the author of several bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction. Her books include Paro: Dreams of Passion, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntalaand the Book of Shiva. Namita is also co-director of the Jaipur Literary Festival and of Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan literary festival.
Dr. Rajan WelukarDr. Rajan Welukar
RAJAN WELUKAR, is an eminent academician, is the former vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and GH Raisoni University. He Compiled and edited, Gandhi@150 which explores the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas in today’s world and the impact of his philosophy across a wide spectrum of areas such as religion, economics, science, education, the arts and health and development.
Shree. Gauri SawantShree. Gauri Sawant
Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai, India. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She was featured in an ad by Vicks. She was made the goodwill ambassador of Election Commission in Maharashtra.
Mr. Pushpesh PantMr. Pushpesh Pant
Pushpesh Pant is a part time teacher, part time author, TV anchor and independent producer of documentaries. Obsessed by food for the last few decades, he has been trying to rediscover lost culinary gems from India’s vast and varied repertoire. Pant doesn’t believe in prohibition or prescriptions when it comes to dietary matters.
Mr. Avijit GhoshMr. Avijit Ghosh
Avijit Ghosh works as a senior editor for The Times of India in New Delhi. Born in Agartala, he grew up in the small towns of Arrah and Ranchi. He graduated in history from St Xavier’s College, Ranchi and earned his Master’s and MPhil degrees from JNU, New Delhi.
A journalist for more than twenty-five years, he has written extensively on Hindi cinema and sports. He has also briefly been a film critic for The Telegraph and The Times of India. His previous works include Bandicoots in the Moonlight, a bildungsroman set in 1970s small-town Bihar, and Cinema Bhojpuri, which won the Special Mention for Best Writing on Cinema in the 2010 National Film Awards. His third book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed, revisits a bunch of movies that have fallen through the cracks of our memory.
Mr. Purushottam AgrawalMr. Purushottam Agrawal
Purushottam Agrawal is an acclaimed author, columnist and academic. His published works, in Hindi, include the novel Nacohus; a collection of essays on culture, Vichar ka Ananta and a classic work on Kabir, Akath Kahani Prem Ki.
Mr. Shekhar SenMr. Shekhar Sen
Shekhar Sen is a singer, a music composer, a lyricist, and an actor. Sen is famous for his monoact musical plays that he researched, written, composed, enacted, and directed: "Tulsi", "Kabeer", "Vivekanand", "Saahab" & "Soordas".
Mr. Prabhu ChawlaMr. Prabhu Chawla
A Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.
Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 years in journalism during which time he has headed The India Today group and The Indian Express as Editor, Chawla has witnessed and recorded dramatic changes in Indian democracy — from the trauma of the Emergency, the pathos of Rajiv Gandhi's rise and fall and the angst of Mandal to the churning of liberalisation and the rise of coalition politics.
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