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HEARTLAND STORIES encourages the narration of individual as well as collective stories so as to unlock those hidden human emotions that are intrinsic to all of us and which bind our spirits together. This togetherness is the powerful force that can be evoked to transform the lone individual into the powerful collective. This is where words written would find voice, silence would find expression and darkness would be illuminated - so as to touch and kindle the soul of every individual, every collective, every society. Heartland Stories are those stories that stimulate the intellect and provoke detailed discussion and candid dialogue.

Inspired by the glorious traditions and rich history of Central India - stories from the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Sanchi (close to the Heliodorus Pillar and the Udaygiri Caves) and Bhimbhedka, the enticing and mysterious jungles of Central India, the upsurge of traditional and contemporary arts: epics writers like Kalidas; literary giants like Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Hari Shankar Parsai and Subhadra Kumari Chauhan; artists like SH Raza, MF Husain and NS Bendre; musicians like Tansen, Ustad Allauddin Khan and Kumar Gandharv - and the common desire to foster an environment of culture, the Society for Culture and Environment has planned an annual event: The Bhopal Literature and Art Festival.

Bhopal is the city of Raja Bhoja, the Gond Rani Kamlapati and the Nawab Begums of Bhopal. It has seen the rise of Emperor Ashoka and Chandragupta Vikramaditya. Dotted with gardens, its historic palaces and their floral interiors provide rare insights into the aesthetic and cultural finesse of those times. The unfolding of history is reflected in its diverse architecture, its beautiful lakes and its serene multicultural ethos.

On the terraced and other nuanced spaces of Bharat Bhavan, the notable art-hub created by Charles Correa, this Festival would help to satisfy the groundswell of desire -- for quality literature and art - in the enlightened citizens of Bhopal and its environs. Partnered by Sahitya Akademi, the national literature organization the Society for Culture and Environment has carefully crafted this three-day extravaganza of written and painted words.

SAHITYA AKADEMI, India's National Academy of letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English. Over the 64 years of its dynamic existence, it has ceaselessly endeavored to promote healthy reading habits, to keep alive the intimate dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups through seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances.

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Day - 110 January, 2020
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Day - 312 January, 2020
Time Antarang Vaagarth Abhirang
01:20 PM - 02:00 PM Precious Water, Scarce Water: Rajendra Singh in conversation with Sanjay Shukla Society for Culture and Environment presents - Bhajju: A film by Rachita Gorowala
02:10 PM- 02:50 PM Is India Heading for Environmental Collapse : Bharati Chaturvedi in conversation with SPS Parihar and Raghav Chandra Tribes as Living Bridges: Dr Erach Bharucha in conversation with Ajoy Bhattacharya Hindu Mythology and Doomsday: Usha Narayanan in conversation with Seema Raizada
03:00 PM - 03:40 PM Indian Environment and the role of Indira Gandhi : Jairam Ramesh in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar Subhash Chandra Bose, Springing Tiger to Silent Sainthood: Anuj Dhar in conversation with Brig Sanjay Agarwal Mission Mangal: Minnie Vaid in conversation with Amita Singh and Richa Sinha
03:50 PM - 04:10 PM TEA
04:20 PM - 05:00 PM How Much Does a Vote Count: Navin B Chawla in conversation with R Parasuram and Rasheed Kidwai Mohandas to Mahatma : Life and Struggle of Gandhi, Pramod Kapoor in conversation with Sharad Chandra Behar Business Sutra : Smart Management Indian Style Devdutt Pattanaik in conversation with Pallavi Govil and Rajeev Misra
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM Saraswati Vandana. Formal Inauguration by Honourable Chief Minister. Announcement of Book Award. Launch of book by Tino de Sa, Pramod Kapoor and Deshdeep Saxena. Inauguration of Bedi Brothers Exhibition (VENUE: BAHIRANG)
06:15 PM- 07:30 PM Performance by Kalapini Komkali (VENUE: BAHIRANG)
Note: Schedule is subject to changes Disclaimer : The speakers are solely responsible for the views expressed by them during the festival and the society is not liable for them.