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.
|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)|
|07:30 AM - 08:30 AM||Heritage Walk : Bhojpal to Bhopal, Starts from - Rani Kamlapati Palace, Kamla Park (Conducted by Ms. Pooja Saxena - 9425303357)|
|10:10 AM - 10:50 AM||Containing China: Pradip Baijal in conversation with Shivshankar Menon and Ashok Kumar Bhattacharya||Outside Rome don’t do as the Romans Do: Stefano Pelle in conversation with Raghav Chandra and Shailendra Singh||Do Marriages Always Succeed? Kiran Manral will discusss her book Missing, Presumed Dead with Smita Singh|
|11:00 AM - 11:40 AM||Shooting Wildlife: Rajesh and Naresh Bedi in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Shailaja Srinivasan||Thrill in the Himalayas: S Venkatesh in conversation with Vinita Dhondiyal||Insider Outsider - Belonging and Unbelonging in North East India : Preeti Gill in conversation with Sujoy Thaosen|
|11:50 AM - 12:30 PM||Literature of Thrillers, Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Tino de Sa and Raghav Chandra||Reimagine Your Life, Vinita Dawra Nangia in conversation with Kausar Kidwai||The Power of a Woman: Noor Zaheer in conversation with Kaneez Razavi and Richa Sinha|
|12:30 PM - 1:15 PM||LUNCH|
|01:30 PM - 02:10 PM||India as a new Goliath : Ashok Kumar Bhattacharya in conversation with Anil Jain and Rajan Katoch||An Intimate Portrait of Jahangir, the Artistic Emperor, Parvati Sharma in conversation with Rima Hooja||The Winning CEO: Vineet Bajpai in conversation with Rajeev Misra and Pratap Verma|
|02:20 PM - 03:00 PM||Inside the Making of Indias Foreign Policy: Shivshankar Menon in conversation with Ambassador Amar Sinha and Pradip Baijal||Delhi, the Creation of a Capital: Swapna Liddle in conversation with M M Upadhyay and Meera Dass||Reaching for the Skies against all odds: Nitin Sathe in conversation with Tejaswi Naik and Brig Sanjay Agarwal|
|03:10 PM - 03:50 PM||Independence and Accountability of the Indian Judiciary: Arghya Sengupta in conversation with Dr Vijay Kumar||In the Belly of the River: Amita Baviskar with Nutan Manmohan and Madhu Verma||Solving Mysteries Two Thousand Years Ago : Harini Srinivasan in conversation with Dr Pradeep Kapoor|
|04:00 PM - 04:20 PM||TEA|
|04:30 PM - 05:10 PM||Disrobing of Draupadi and One for Sorrow, Two For Joy : Tino de Sa in conversation with Tejaswi Naik||Kavita Path: Manglesh Dabral, Rajendra Sharma, Naval Shukla, Arun Kamal, Umashankar Choudhary and Rajesh Joshi in conversation with Vertul Singh and Pawan Jain||Savarkar : Hindu Fanatic or Freedom Fighter, Vikram Sampath in conversation with Rima Hooja|
|05:15 PM - 06:30 PM||Lec/Dem : The Importance of Art/Abhinaya in Our Lives by Geeta Chandran|
|06:45 PM Onwards||Musical Performance (VENUE: BAHIRANG)|
|09:30 AM- 10:00 AM||Lec/Dem on Yoga by Satavisha (VENUE: ANTARANG)|
|10:10 AM - 11:00 AM||Sahitya Aur Rajneeti: Manglesh Dabral, Rajesh Joshi, Leeladhar Mandloi||The Climate Crisis: Mridula Ramesh in conversation with Deepak Tiwari and Mahesh Rangarajan||Nine Chambered Heart: Janice Pariat in conversation with Seema Raizada|
|11:00 AM - 11:50 AM||The Rise and Fall of Tigers: Raghu Chundawat in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Deshdeep Saxena||Shehar-i-Kashmir: M Saleem Beg in conversation with Meera Dass||Martin Luther King Jr: Santosh Bakaya in conversation with Kaneez Razavi and Rakesh Agarwal|
|11:50 AM - 12:40 PM||The Future of the IAS: Deepak Gupta in conversation with Sanjeev Chopra and Satyanand Mishra||Barenaked Love: Mihir Shrivastava in conversation with Sufiyah Faruqi and Deepak Tiwari||Tax Raids and Sex : Chronicles of a Taxman, Ajay Mankotia and Atima Mankotia in conversation with Seema Raizada|
|12:40 PM - 01:10 PM||LUNCH|
|01:10 PM - 02:00 PM||Environment at a Precipice: Mahesh Rangarajan in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Madhu Verma||Science Fiction and Future Life: Sadhna Shanker in conversation with Dr Neelkamal Kapoor and Sumit Mullick||Sridevi : An Eternal Inspiration, Satyarth Nayak in conversation with Nirmalya Samanta|
|02:00 PM - 02:50 PM||The Future of Work: Alwyn Didar Singh in conversation with Anurag Shrivastava, Sanjeev Shriya and Shabari Nair, ILO Specialist||From My Kitchen To Yours, Maria Goretti in conversation with Chef Ravish Mishra||Readings by Hindi Short Story Awardees moderated by Vertul Singh|
|02:50 PM - 03:40 PM||Caste, Class and other human rights issues in India : Raghav Chandra will read from Kalis Daughter in conversation with Niharika Singh||The Modern Monk : Swami Vivekanand, Hindol Sengupta in conversation with Santosh Bakaya||Readings by English Short Story Awardees moderated by Seema Raizada|
|03:40 PM - 04:30 PM||Untold Stories of Resilience in Folk Art : Vinita Sinha||Staying Fit : Raghuraj Rajendran will read from his book 3S and Our Health|
|04:30 PM - 06:00 PM||Valedictory Function and Book Unveilings : Bhopalnama by Vertul Singh, When I Met Myself by Shreyansh Dixit, Murder at Moonlight Cafe by Ishavasyam Dash, Post Millenial Tales by Bhavya and Navya Singh, 3S & Our Health by Raghuraj Rajendran (VENUE: ANTARANG)|
|06:00 PM Onwards||Musical Performance (VENUE: ANTARANG)|