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The festival started with a tribute to Rajendra Yadav, the most well-known writer in Hindi language and the pioneer of the Nayi Kahani Movement. Dr. Nirmala Jain, a renowned critic, Ajit Kr. Chaudhary, writer in Hindi and Rachna Yadav, daughter of Rajendra Yadav and MD, Hans Publications touched upon the issues being faced by Hindi as a language and its literature in the contemporary times while going down the memory lane. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi and Magsaysay Awardee participated in the last session of the 2nd Delhi Literature Festival as he spoke about his book Swaraj: Power to the People with Barkha Dutt.

The festival was inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh, President ICCR in the presence of H.E. Bernhard Curabetz, the Ambassador of Austria, Hamsa Moily, the poet and Dr T. Meinya, Member of Parliament from North East. The Mahabharata’s Secrets written by Christopher C Doyle and published by Om Book International was also launched by the dignitaries present.

The second day of the festival started with the discussion about various ventures into creativity and writing followed by a session by Iranian artists sharing the history and art forms involved in Persian Publishing.

Saturday also saw participation of critics like Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil and Prof. Harish Narang, a dramatic reading of unpublished novel, Mutilator by Prajna Desai, a session to discuss the Indian politics by Tabrik C and participation of ambassadors of various countries to discuss the works of Gladys Abankwa-Meier-Klodt, author of Delhi’s Diplomatic Domains. Somnath Bharti , Minister of Law, Tourism, Art & Culture and Administrative Reforms launched the Holy Smoke, it’s a Godman written by Satish G. Kashyap.

The third day began with a session ‘In conversation with Dr. Kusum Ansal’, a prolific writer. Bernardo Carvalho, a novelist, a playwright and a journalist discussed contemporary Brazilian Literature followed by dramatic reading of Manto’s Satire by Raza Naeem from Pakistan.

‘Sex & the City: Erotica in Literature’ saw popularity amongst an audience of various age groups. The festival paid its second tribute to Safdar Hashmi through a reading of his play Aurat followed by a session discussing the art of playwriting and its changing face by playwrights and critics.
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