The festival started with the film ‘Kaagaz Ki Kashti’ on singer Jagjit Singh. The director of the film Brahmanand S. Singh was also present at the festival. After the film was over, he and the film’s co-director Tanvi Jain spoke with Dr. Alok about the journey of making this film.
After the presentation of this film Dr. Rahul Goyal, Yogesh Agarwal, Gaurav Lohia, Ravi Kapoor, Brahmanand Singh, , Meghna Malik, Dr. Sanjay Garg inaugurated the festival by lighting the lamp. In the opening ceremony, the director of the festival, Anjali Tiwari, thanked the Singhania family and said that it feels great to start the festival once again after the gap of covid and the presence of people has increased our enthusiasm even more. Dr. Rahul Goyal, Director, of the institution said that the association of the institute with the Literature Festival every year makes us proud. On this occasion, a 2-minute silence was also observed for all the artists who were away from us during covid.
In second session the confiscated literature during the freedom struggle was read. This session was dedicated to the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. In this session, Ramesh Chandra Musaddi narrated personal memoirs related to the life of Chandrashekhar Azad which his mother had told him. In this session, well-known lawyer and social worker Saeed Naqvi read the decree written by Bahadur Shah Zafar to the British.
Renowned actor or theater artist Rajendra Gupta recited poem along with acting. He could not come due to some reason and by writing a poem especially on Kanpur and sending it through video, he met the audience. Well-known actress Meghna Malik of TV and film world was interviewed by well-known theater artist Suryamohan Kulshrestha and Meghna Malik recited a story written by her mother.
In the last session of the first day, Pandit Bipin Kumar Mishra and Pandit Amarath Jha gave a wonderful presentation of Shiva Stotra through conch shell and Damru.
The second day of the festival started with a session which was organized with the aim of giving a platform to the emerging talents of Kanpur and during this, while Jamaluddin ‘Nawaz’ and Akhtar ‘Kanpuri’ of the city plundered their ghazals, while Dr Pratibha Singh, Parul Garg etc. entertained the audience with Hindi poems. The couplets of Anand Pandey Tanha and the contemporary poems written in English by Shweta Agarwal were also liked. Then in Toss of Coins, Story of Hindustan, Coins of the Word, Dr. Sanjay Garg, who was the director of the Indian Archives, presented Indian history in a very interesting way through coins. Dr. Sanjay Garg is a poet as well as a presenter of history; he also covered this session through poetry and told that he also does poetry with ‘Sagar Akbarabadi Takhlus’.
Well-known filmmaker, director, actor Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi interacted with the audience through a video. In this conversation, Krishna Katha was presented with a new perspective, in which he explained how Krishna consciousness affects our life and mind and spoke on the Karmayogi side of Krishna. Pranoy Basuk presented illustrations of Krish.
The group of five poets Deepti Mishra, Kavita Gupta, Lata Haya, Pragya Vikas, Archana Johri performs in the name of Gangsister raised the voice of women’s discourse by presenting poems and Shero Shayari on the stage in the style of drama.
Kalpini Komkali, daughter of legendary singer Kumar Gandharva, enthralled the audience with her amazing singing in this session. There was a mixture of classical as well as Sufi in his singing. He played Kabir, Surdas, and Meera and also sung the verses of Gorakhnath. The audience enjoyed his singing by being mesmerized till late in the night.
During this many exhibitions of photography, painting, installation art and fine art were also organized in the premises of the management organization, which were appreciated by the people and bought their favorite books from the book stalls.