Lit O Fest, India’s largest literature and culture festival with a strong philanthropic mission of building literary talent in the country is slated to begin on 23rd of February in Mumbai. Baroness Shreela Flather - British-Indian politician, teacher and life peer will grace the event along with more than 100 legendary and literary people attending and addressing the event over a period of two days.
Lit O Fest will be inaugurated by Ms. Jennifer Larson, Deputy Counsel General of United States at Grant Medical College Gymkhana, Marine Drive, Mumbai. Ms. Amruta Fadnavis singer and actor will also be present at the two day extravaganza of literature, art & music, which will showcase emerging & award winning talent in seminars, panel discussions, workshops and entertainment showcase.
Limelight for this year’s event will be a marque session on ‘Body Shaming’ which will be attended by the famous actresses Tannishtha Chatterjee, Divya Dutta and other leading personalities. A special session for and by poets called ‘Kavita Satrangi Re’ will have acclaimed poets and lyricists like Kedarnath ji, Ashok Chakradhar amongst others. Priya Dutta, Aditi Maheshwari will also be present for a session called ‘Voter Mata ki Jai’ where they will be discussing a book on the importance of women voters.
Acknowledged personalities like Mr. Nadeem Hasnain - author of the famous book on Lucknow, Dr. Vivek Sharma, Ms. Andaleeb, Ms. Anuja Chandramouli, Mr.Brijesh Singh, Ms. Anjali Kirpalani, Mr. Arpit Wagera, Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Abhay Kumar Dubey, Sandeep Bhutoria and many others will be present at the two day event.
An army band performance will happen at the opening ceremony followed by the literature on Indian army by Mukul Deva, Col Lalit Rai and Manju Lodha.
Lit O Fest being the only platform for legendary as well as novice artists, there will be many firsts in this season –
The most intriguing story of 2016 - Bahubali will be discussed by its creator Mr. Anand Neelankantan followed by the launch of the book cover,
Biggest names of Indian dance – Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Dr. Kanak Rele, Uma Rele, Sandeep Soparrkar and Ashley Lobo with dance maestro Saroj Khan will be seen sharing the stage together,
Launch of the great biography of legend Lata Mangeshkar written by Yatindra Mishra,
For the first time teenagers will get a platform to share stage with Pal and Chin Vardhman - the talented director producer duo of award winning graphic film The Adventure of Pal & Chin
On day two Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, Member of board of director, Lit O Fest and Mr. Richard Rothman – Ex Consulate General US will conduct a session on Economy-Post Trump which will be followed by a session on the journey of the famous writers Ashwin Sanghi and Shatrujeet Nath. A brief on ‘The hangover of reel character on the real actor’ will be conducted by the new heart throb of Bollywood - Sushant Singh Rajput. Mr. Bibop Gresta, Chairman, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will also be present at the event.
Ms. Smita Parikh, Lit O Fest Director says, “The two-day event will be a roller coaster ride for literature, art and music lovers. We have curated the event to include every aspect of culture – literature, books, poetry, short stories, dance, music, lyrics etc. with Lit O Fest we have been successful in providing a stepping stone to many aspiring writers, singers, artists and students to go one step closer to achieving their dream.” She further adds, “Lit O Fest is the first and only festival to facilitate publishing contract between budding authors &publishing houses. Also, this year we have adopted Dahigaon village in the Shahpur district in Maharashtra as a part of our social responsibility.” Lit O Fest will provide proper schools, toilets, drinking water, solar power, digitization, medical facilities as well as counselors to guide children from the Dahigaon village and empower them to achieve their dreams using education & literacy as the core foundation. A painting on Indian army medals will be auctioned to support the village adoption post the Army panel during the event.
Top notch singers like Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Ankit Tiwari, Anup Jalota, Amrita Fadnavis and Saurabh Daftary will also convene a session on experimental music which will have live lyric writing and spontaneous compositions followed by spontaneous singing.
Adding colors of art this year will be the famous Kiran Soni Gupta who is globally acclaimed for her paintings and is currently serving as the Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor to the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.