Bhopal Literature & Art Festival

HEARTLAND STORIES encourages the narration of 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 find voice, silence finds expression and darkness is 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

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13-15 JAN
estival 2023


Events &
Program Schedule

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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.
2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Antarang - Inauguration - Recital by Shri Umakant Gundecha

3.15 PM - 3.55 PM

Antarang  - A Scientist's Vision for a new India: Gautam R. Desiraju, Scientist

Vagarth - Women with Resilience: Shubha Menon in conversation with Kaneez Razavi

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Antarang - Devdasis, The Women of Pride: A presentation by Sangeet Natak and Kalidas Samman winner Lakshmi Viswanathan

Vagarth - Development of Mathematics in Ancient Cultures: Dr Shrenik Bandi in conversation with Prof GS Dani

4:45 PM - 5:25 PM

Antarang - The Art and Science of Architecture: Christopher Benninger in conversation with Rima Hooja and Savita Raje

Vagarth - Mathematics in Ancient Literature: Prof S G Dani

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Antarang - Creating a Private Museum, Challenges and Thrills: Aditya Arya founder Museo Camera in conversation with Meera Dass

Vagarth - Diamonds are Forever: Govind Dholakia in conversation with Pratap Verma

6:20 PM - 7:00 PM

Antarang - Sadhguru, More Than a Life: Arundhati Subramaniam in conversation with Shalini Mahajan

Vagarth - Cities, Environment & Sustainable Development: Seema Mundoli in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar

7:05 PM - 7:45 PM

Antarang - Empathy as a Leadership Science: Mimi Nicklin,  tv host and international coach in conversation with Kausar Kidwai   

Vagarth -  Woman in Love: Nayika in Natyashastra, Sharda Narayanan in conversation with Mrinalini Pandey

10:35 AM - 11:15 AM

Antarang - Crash and Six Lenses for best Corporate Management: R Gopalakrishnan, Director Tatasons in conversation with Rajeev Misra

Vagarth - Flying around the World: Namrita Chandi, ace woman pilot

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Antarang - Ukraine War and its Lessons: Maj Gen (Dr) G D Bakshi in conversation with Brig Sanjay Agarwal

Vagarth - Vaccine Shortage to Vaccine Diplomacy: India’s Vaccine Growth Story, Dr Sajjan Yadav

12:05 PM - 12:45 PM


Vagarth - Siachen, And the War Continues: Amit Paul, Defence Analyst and Researcher in conversation with Gen Milan Naidu

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM

Antarang - Conflicting Perspectives and the Writing of History: TCA Raghavan

Vagarth - Punjab, Blue Star and Beyond: Ramesh Inder Singh former Chief Secretary Punjab

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Antarang - Our Pakistan Conundrum: ex-Ambassador Sharat Sabharwal in conversation with ex-Ambassador Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha

Vagarth - The Art of Writing Prize-Winning Short Stories: Anthony de Sa 

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM

Antarang - Intertwining Lives, Audio-visual talk on Hindi cinema and music: Sathya Saran, Ex-Editor Femina

Vagarth - Making literature LGBTQ Neutral: Kalki Subramaniam and Onir Dhar

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Antarang - Eating in the Age of Dieting: Rujuta Diwekar in conversation with Raghav Chandra

Vagarth - Ink of Dissent, Universal Motifs in Regional Writing: Damodar Mauzo in conversation with Anthony de Sa

4:15 PM - 4:55 PM

Antarang - Reforming Governance, Regulating Sport : Vinod Rai, Ex-CAG and ex-COA BCCI in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar, MPCCI Chief and Advocate Shlok Chandra

Vagarth - Kathak Lok, Temples, Traditions & History: Shovana Narayan and Geetika Kalha 

5:00 PM - 5:40 PM

Antarang - Politics and Theology, do they make good bedfellows: Swapan Dasgupta, Journalist Politician in conversation with Dr Sandeep Shastri 

Vagarth - Chemical Khichadi, Hacking Mental Health: Aparna Piramal in conversation with Jyoti Pandey

5:45 PM - 6:25 PM

Antarang - Modi and His Challenges: Rajiv Kumar

Vagarth - Naked Honesty and Humor for Motivation: Papa CJ 

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Bhopal Heritage Walk 

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Antarang - Essence of the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Upanishads and Puranas: Bibek Debroy in conversation with Raghav Chandra

Vagarth - The Birds of Awadh: Sanjay Kumar


12:05 PM - 12:45 PM

Antarang - China, the Threat of War: Defence Strategist Manoj Joshi and ex-Ambassador JN Misra

Vagarth - How to Write a Novel, Get Published and become a Best Seller: Col S P Singh

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM

Antarang - Cheetahs, the last and the latest: Dr Divyabhanusinh Chavada in conversation with Ravi Singh of WWF

Vagarth - What it takes to make India Clean: Parameswaran Iyer, CEO Niti Aayog in conversation with Nikunj Shrivastava

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Antarang - Backstage Glimpses of High Strategy and Power: Montek Singh Ahluwalia, ex-VC Planning Commission in conversation with Rajiv Kumar, ex-VC Niti Aayog

Vagarth - Ganga-Jamuna, the Importance of Muslims in Modern India: Saeed Naqvi in conversation with Kaneez Razavi

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM

Antarang - Learnings from Ancient Indian Literature: HE Arif Mohd Khan

Vagarth - The Great Tech Game: Anirudh Suri 

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Antarang - Winning Strategies for Coming to Power: HE Bhupendra Yadav and Ila Patnaik in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar

Vagarth - Women, Different but Equal: Anita Bhogle in conversation with Dr Neelkamal Kapoor

4:15 PM - 4:55 PM

Antarang - Society 5.0, Ushering a new Renaissance: Ganesh Natarajan, Tech Guru in conversation with Anirudh Suri and Raghav Chandra 

Vagarth - Billionaires, a peek into the minds of people like Gautam Adani: RN Bhaskar in conversation with Himanshu Rai, Director IIM Indore

5:00 PM - 5:40 PM

Antarang - Cinema and Literature: Gulzar, Prasoon Joshi, Apurva Chandra, Harinder Sikka (ytc)

Vagarth - Tribals and the War of Independence: Tuhin Sinha

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Antarang - Valedictory Function


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The Society for Culture & Environment will hold the fourth edition of 'Heartland Stories — Bhopal Literature and Art Festival 2022 as a physical cum virtual event, between 25-27th March 2022.

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