Highlights of
Ist writers festival-india-2004


October 17-19, 2004

  Main Organisers :
India Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh (India)
Writers Club International, Chandigarh
Collaboration :
Department of Public Relations, Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh
& Himachal Academy of Art, Languages & Culture Govt. of  Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
Venue :
Musafir Auditorium, Sector 24, Chandigarh (India)
Y.M.C.A. Hall, Shimla.
Participants :
More than 250 Poets & Writers participated in this Festival which was focused on World Peace & Literature. Nineteen writers from abroad came specially to attend the conference. These were :
1. Dr. Olalere Oladitan Nigeria)
2. Dr. Janet Levalley (Sri Lanka)
3. Jurga Ivanauskaite (Lithuania)
4. Bulbul Sarwar (Bangladesh)
5. Manmohan Singh Mohan (U. K.) 6. Kalamkas Baibossynova (Kazakhistan) kalyama@bk.ru
7. Maya Baidouletova (Kazakhistan)
8. Rakhmatulayeva Inabatkhov (Kazakhistan) inabat_r@mail.ru 9. Assiya Mirwaleyeva (Kazakhistan) miwaleyeva@mail.ru
10. Naurzbayeva Asemgul (Kazakhistan)  11. Adisheva Alma (Kazakhistan) 12. Sholnzhanova Madina (Kazakhistan)
13.  S.G.R. Sathsarani Siriwardana  (Sri Lanka) 14. A. W. Harshani Weerasinghe (Sri Lanka) 15. E.M.J.K. Wijekoon (Sri Lanka)
16. O.M.G.K.K. Senavirathne (Sri Lanka)
17. Kavita Devi Gango (Mauritius)
18. Akemi Yamada (Japan)
  19. Mirela Matei (Romania)  

Our special Invitees from India
1.  Mrs. Gayatri Saraf (Orissa-India),  2.. Mr. K. Balachandran (Annamalai-Tamilnadu), 3. Mr. Janardhan Pathania ( J & K)

A Brief Report of the event :

Writers Festival-India_2004, a first of its kind in this part of India, with the theme "World Peace and Literature" drew a large number of audiences. Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member Parliament from Chandigarh, who inaugurated the Festival called it a special day when such a large number of writers had gathered to undertake a task normally left to the politicians all over the world. He said that in these times of turmoil the necessity of world peace comes at the top. He appreciated the topicality of the theme and congratulated the organizers for their this kind of humanitarian gestures.

Mr. Dev Bhardwaj, well noted Punjabi Writer who was a main force behind this show earlier welcomed the guests and expressed his satisfaction at the fruition of the efforts which saw this day. He made an impassioned appeal for World Peace for which writers could play a decisive role.

The first session started with a paper presentation by Mr. Gurdev Chauhan, a famous Punjabi poet and critic. His paper - World Peace and Literature, highlighted the various issues concerning the pursuit of world peace. He specially stressed on all the role of media and literature in building up voice against tension and war.

Dr. Atamjit Singh, a noted Dramatist and Theatre-Director initiated the discussion which started a lively debate. In his opinion Theatre can play a significant role in spreading the message of peace among the masses. Mr. Mohan Bhandari, who presided over the inaugural function was highly hopeful that writers and literature could be instrumental in bringing unity in diversity.

Dr. (Mr.) Olelere Oliditan (Nigeria), Mrs. Jurga Ivanauskaite (Lithuania) , Dr. (Mrs.)  Janet Levalley (Sri Lanka), Mr. Bulbul Sarwar (Bangladesh),  Manmohan Singh Mohan (U. K.), Mr. Janardahn Pathania, Mrs. Gyatri Saraf and Dr. K. Balachandran also spoke on the occasion echoing the similar thoughts and voices. There was special sessio totally devoted to Print media and internet publishing. On both days poets from India & abroad presented their poetry highlighting the theme of the Festival.

On 19 Octopber 2004, the final session of the Festival was held at YMCA, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) in collaboration with Academy of Art, Language and Culture, Himachal Government.. The Director of Languages, Himachal Govertmnet Mr. Prem Sharma and Mr. Sudarshan Vashishat, Secreray of the Academy were all praise for the festival and desired that IICCA should organise more such festival and offered their all-out help for such ventures.



Highlights of the Festival in Pictures



Chief Guest lighting the Lamp

Chief Guest presenting the garlands to the participating delegates

Rupa Sabba (Chandigarh)

Group Photo with the Chief Guest & other distinguished persons

Distinguished guests after being honoured with garlands

Dr. Olalere Oladitan, Jurga Ivanauskaite and Dr. Janet Levalley.

Angelee Deodhar (Chandigarh)

Maya Baidouletova (Kazakhistan)

Manjit Indira (Chandigarh)

Dev Bhardwaj (Director, IICCA)

Manmohan Singh Mohan (U.K)

Dr. J. S. Dhaliwal, Chariman, Heritage Centre, Mohali with delegates.

Enjoying food while sitting in the lawn

Now they prefer to take food in Indian style

At Shimla function - -  Mr. Prem Sharma Director Languages, Mr. Dev Bhardwaj, & Mr. Sudarshan Vashishat, Secretary, Academy of Languages, Art & Culture.

Bulbul Sarwar (Bangladesh)

Anuradha Arora (the famous Kathak Dancer presenting her bests)

Roshni Justa (Shimla)