India is one of the world’s largest consumers of literature. With 9,000 publishers and over 21,000 retailers, the Indian book market is the sixth largest in the world. We celebrate our love for books through the literary festivals in India which are more than just a showcase of our country’s wealth of literary and cultural magnitude.
There are debates, discussions, and sessions with literary greats, authors, thinkers and socialists on one hand, and cultural performances like songs and dances on the other. So if you are a bookworm visit these literary fests and drown yourself in the sea of books and talks.
1. Jaipur Literature Festival
The festival started in 2006 with 30 writers and only 100 in attendance but is now it is a landmark event receiving footfall in thousands. The Jaipur Literature Festival has seen great speakers like Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Orhan Pamuk, Amartya Sen, Oprah Winfrey, and Stephen Fry among others. This is the most popular literature festival in the country.
2. Times Litfest
Held during the month of December every year in Mumbai, the Times Litfest has grown to be one of the best literary festivals in the country. The brainchild of renowned journalists Bachi Karkaria and
Namita Devidayal, the Times Litfest is a three-day long event that sees the presence of some of the finest speakers and writers.
3. Lucknow Literary Festival
Started in 2012, the Lucknow Literary Festival makes conscious efforts to bring multiple languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Awadhi, and English onto a common platform. The Lucknow Society organises the Lucknow Literary Festival.
4. Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival
The festival serves as a great platform for bringing out the best of cultural and literary richness that lies deep within the social fiber of the City of Joy. The festivals are famous for offering an amazing blend of writer panels, workshops, music and dance performances, and a lot of other entertaining activities. One of the things that make this festival even more special is the fact that it also organises workshops for budding writers.
5. Delhi Literature Festival
Being home to some of the greatest histories and legends, the city’s literary and cultural depth is unparalleled. The Delhi Literature Festival is an extension of Delhi’s intellectual and academic rigour, and brings out the same on a single stage.
6. Kerala Literature Festival
Taking place in the beautiful coastal town of Kozhikode, this festival aims to promote Malayalam literature by featuring Malayalam authors on the same platform.
7. Hyderabad Literary Festival
Hyderabad literary festival (HLF) has emerged as one of the most important cultural events in the city. Each year, the event has a guest nation and focuses on an Indian language.
The three-day literary event celebrates the beauty and versatility of Urdu. The event takes place in the capital and unfolds with discussions and competitions among fellow poets.
9. Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival
This fest is often considered as the first literary festival for children and has entered its tenth edition last year. Over 60 award-winning writers, poets, illustrators, and storytellers from 18 countries had
assembled at Children’s Park near India Gate and delighted the young bookworms.
10. Goa Arts and Literature Festival
The Festival (GALF), started in 2010 and was founded with the objective to withheld and celebrate the ‘margins’. This has led to focusing on literature from states like North-East and Kashmir, and also
from neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Nepal.
If you are a writer looking for some great inspiration, this is the perfect gateway for you, so put down your book, take a pen in indulging in some deep conversation with the eminent authors.