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


Meet the Authors



Eliza Reid is a Canadian-Icelandic writer and, since 2016, the First Lady of Iceland through her marriage to Icelandic Presiden...



Anurag Pathak is currently the Deputy Commissioner GST at Indore. He did his PhD in Hindi Literature. Twelfth Fails has been...



Dr Ritu Sharma is Editor-in-chief of a monthly magazine ' Being Mindful ' and Founder BMLF Bhopal. Her area of expertise is Mi...



Nitin A. Gokhale is a media entrepreneur, one of South Asia's leading strategic affairs analyst and author of over half a dozen...


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.
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Antarang - Wildlife Conservation : Success or Failure, HS Pabla in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Prog Yogesh Dube

Vagarth - To Be or Not To Be, Disappearing Livelihoods, Aparna Karthikeyan in conversation with Dr Madhu Verma

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM


5:40 PM - 6:20 PM

Antarang - Crime Thrillers And Fiction, Dr Pradeep Kapoor and Kiran Manral in conversation with Dr S W Naqvi, IPS and Dr Neha Jain

Vagarth - Against All Odds, Hetal Sonpal in conversation with Tejaswi Naik (Virtual)

6:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Antarang - Kargil gallantry of Late Capt. Manoj Pandey, PVC, a human story: Martyr’s Classmate and Chronicler Pawan Mishra in conversation with Brig Sanjay Agarwal

Vagarth - Educational Heritage of India, Sahana Singh in conversation with Sharad Chandra Behar (Virtual)

7:20 PM - 8:00 PM

Antarang : Fantasy Sports: Facts and Fallacies, a presentation by Anwar Shirpurwala - CEO Federation of India Fantasy Sports

Vagarth : Parde ke Saamne: The art of Film Criticism, Dr Ritu Sharma in conversation with Brajesh Rajput

10:10 AM -10:50 AM

Antarang - Ethnic Fashion of Bhopal and its Begums, a presentation by Mumtaz Khan moderated by Vertul Singh

Vagarth - The Saga of Israel, Dr Seshadri Chari in conversation with Rakesh Agarwal and Sqn Ldr RTS Chinna (Retd)

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Antarang - From Sarees to Stripes, Manisha Mohan Puri in conversation with Dr Meera Dass, Nidhi Chaphekar and Smita Singh

Vagarth - Twelfth Fail, So What, Motivation Through Storytelling, Anurag Pathak in conversation with Jyoti Pande

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Antarang - The Population Myth, S Y Quraishi in conversation with Dr Sandeep Shastri

Vagarth - Leadership for a Happy and Purposeful Workplace, Bharat Wakhlu in conversation with Rajeev Mishra

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM

Antarang - Game India, Amul and other success stories, R N Bhaskar in conversation with Shailaja Srinivasan

Vagarth - The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition, Uday Mahurkar in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Antarang - Unbroken, Nidhi Chaphekar in conversation with Manjeev Singh Puri (IFS), Manisha Mohan Puri and Smita Singh

Vagarth - Rivers Remember, Krupa Ge in conversation with Prof. Yogesh Dube

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Antarang - War and Victory, Maj. Gen. R S Bhadauria in conversation with Ambreen Zaidi 

Vagarth - The Scindia Legacy - From Ranoji to Jyotiraditya by Abhilash Khandekar in conversation with C K Naidu and Uday Mahurkar

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

Antarang -Off the Camera, Brajesh Rajput in conversation with Sharad Dwivedi

Vagarth - Flood and Fury, Viju B in conversation with Dr Madhu Verma

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

Antarang - India vs UK - The Biggest Diplomatic Win, Syed Akbaruddin (IFS) with Manjeev Singh Puri (IFS)

Vagarth - Tryst with the Tribes, Pravir Krishna in conversation with Manoj Shrivastava, Raghav Chandra and Seema Raizada

5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

Antarang - Adi Shakti to Modern Shakti, Alka Pande in conversation with Harshali Singh

Vagarth - Influence of Social Media on India’s Foreign Policy Making, Prof Dr Vijay Khare in conversation with Sqn Ldr RTS Chhina (Retd) 

6:10 PM - 6:50 PM

Antarang -  Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga, Nitin A. Gokahle in conversation with Brig Sanjay Agarwal

Vagarth - Made in India, Soumya Gupta in conversation with Dr Neha Jain 

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Heritage Walk

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Antarang - Guilt, Love, Longevity, Ecology and more, Pascal Bruckner in conversation with Sadhna Shanker

Vagarth - Birding in India, Dr Satish Pande and Dr Suruchi Pande in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Antarang - Mahabharat Unravelled, Ami Ganatra in conversation with Pallavi Jain Govil

Vagarth - Masterpieces of Heritage Art, Rima Hooja in conversation with Pratap Verma

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM

Antarang - Covid Warriors, Tarun Kumar Pithode in conversation with Mohammed Suleman and Dr Skand Trivedi

Vagarth - Sikhism Globally, Manjeev Singh Puri in conversation with Vertul Singh

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Antarang - Khaki Files and the Making of DELHI CRIME, Neeraj  Kumar in conversation with Rakesh Agarwal and Kaneez Zehra Razavi

Vagarth - Fauna and Deities, Dr Suruchi Pande and Dr Satish Pande in conversation with Dr Joseph Manuel

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Antarang - Putting Back Broken Pieces, Anukrti Upadhyay in conversation with Seema Raizada

Vagarth - The Gallantry of War Widows, Ambreen Zaidi in conversation with Smita Singh

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

Antarang - Secrets of the Sprakkar, The First Lady of Iceland - Eliza Reid in conversation with Raghav Chandra (Virtual)

Vagarth - Nizam-i-Bhopal, Gen Milan Naidu in conversation with Vertul Singh

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

Antarang - Savarkar : A Contested Legacy, Vikram Sampath in conversation with Dr Sandeep Shastri

Vagarth - Climbing Mt Everest, Ravindra Kumar in conversation with Vijay Yadav

5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

Antarang - Relationships in the time of Lock-down, Shobhaa De in conversation with Raghav Chandra and Dr Neelkamal Kapoor (Session sponsored by Dainik Bhaskar)

Vagarth - Transforming Mobility with Energy Transition, Anil Srivasatava in conversation with Rahul Walawalkar and Abhishek Saxena

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Antarang - Valedictory Function - Book Unveilings and Announcement of Poetry Contest Winners


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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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