Bhopal Literature & Art Festival 2022

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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: 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 Bhopal Literature and Art Festival is an annual celebration.

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. 



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    4:00 PM - 4:40 PM To Be or Not To Be, Disapearing Livelihoods, Aparna Karthikeyan with Dr Madhu Verma Parde ke Saamne:  the art of Film Criticism, Dr Ritu Sharma in conversation with Brajesh Rajpoot
    4:50 PM - 5:30 PM Tryst with the Tribes, Pravir Krishna in conversation with Manoj Shrivastava, Raghav Chandra and others

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

    5:40 PM - 6:20 PM Crime Thrillers And Fiction, Dr Pradeep Kapoor in conversation with Dr S W Naqvi, IPS and Dr Neha Jain  
    6:30 PM - 7:10 PM Nizam-i-Bhopal, Gen Milan Naidu in conversation with Vertul Singh  
  • Time Antarang Vagarth
    10:10 AM -10:50 AM

    Ethnic Fashions of Bhopal and its Begums, a presentation by Mumtaz Khan moderated by Vertul Singh

    11:00 AM - 11:40 AM From Sarees to Stripes, Manisha Mohan in conversation with Dr Meera Dass, Nidhi Chaphekar and Smita Singh Made in India, Soumya Gupta and Tarika Roy in conversation with Dr Neha Jain
    11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Love Through The Ages, Mrinalini Pandey in conversation with Raghav Chandra Rivers Remember, Krupa Ge in conversation with Dhanya Bhaskar
    12:40 PM  - 1:20 PM Literature into Cinema, Parthasarthy Sen Sharma in conversation with Soumya Gupta and Dr Neelkamal Kapoor Savarkar, Uday Mahurkar in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar
    1:30 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH
    2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Game India, Amul and other success stories, R N Bhaskar in conversation with Shailaja Srinivasan  Leadership for a Happy and Purposeful Workplace, Bharat Wakhlu in conversation with Rajeev Mishra
    2:50 PM - 3:30 PM The Maratha Century, Dr Uday S Kulkarni in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Uday Mahurkar and R N Bhaskar Twelfth Fail, So What, Motivation Through Storytelling, Anurag Pathak in conversation with Jyoti Pande
    3:40 PM - 4:20 PM The Population Myth, S Y Quraishi in conversation with Dr Sandeep Shastri

     War and Victory, Maj. Gen. R S Bhadauria in conversation with Ambreen Zaidi and Lt. Col Anurag Shukla

    4:30 PM - 5:10 PM India vs UK - The Biggest Diplomatic Win, Syed Akbaruddin (IFS) with Manjeev Singh Puri (IFS) Educational Heritage of India, Sahana Singh in conversation with Sharad Chandra Behar
    5:20 PM - 6:00 PM Unbroken, Nidhi Chaphekar in conversation with Manjeev Singh Puri (IFS), Manisha Mohan Puri and Smita Singh Flood and Fury, Viju B in conversation with Dr Madhu Verma
    6:10 PM - 6:50 PM  Adi Shakti to Modern Shakti, Alka Pande in conversation with Nutan Manmohan and Mrinalini Pandey The Scindia Legacy - From Ranoji to Jyotiraditya by Abhilash Khandekar in conversation with Rasheed Kidwai and Dr Uday S Kulkarni
    7:00 PM - 7:40 PM Breaking India, Rajiv Malhotra in conversation with R N Bhaskar and Raghav Chandra Wildlife Conservation : Success or Failure, Harbhajan Pabla in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Dr Satish Pande
  • Time Antarang Vaagarth
    7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Heritage Walk
    11:00 AM - 11:40 AM India That Is Bharat, J Sai Deepak in with conversation with Manoj Shrivastava and Rasheed Kidwai Birding in India, Dr Satish Pande and Dr Suruchi Pande in conversation with Nutan Manmohan
    11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Mahabharat Unravelled, Ami Ganatra in conversation with Pallavi Jain Govil The Gallantry of War Widows, Ambreen Zaidi in conversation with Smita Singh
    12:40 PM  - 1:20 PM

    Beauty is only Skin deep, Shobhaa De in conversation with Raghav Chandra and Dr Neelkamal Kapoor (Session sponsored by Dainik Bhaskar)

    Sikhism Globally, Manjeev Singh Puri in conversation with Vertul Singh 
    1:30 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH
    2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Carving Success In Career And Relationships, R Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Rajeev Mishra and Ami Ganatra Fauna and Deities, Dr Suruchi Pande in conversation with Dr Joseph Manuel
    2:50 PM - 3:30 PM Khaki Files, Neeraj  Kumar in conversation with Abhilash Khandekar and Kaneez Razavi Lessons from the Gita in a Post Covid World, O P Shrivastava in conversation with Dr Ritu Paandey Sharma
    3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Global Megaconvergence, Deepak Vohra in conversation with Raghav Chandra Putting Back Broken Pieces, Anukrti Upadhyaya in conversation with Seema Raizada
    4:30 PM - 5:10 PM Legend of Birsa Munda, Tuhin A Sinha in conversation with Pallavi Jain Govil and K G Suresh

    Climbing Mt Everest, Ravindra Kumar in conversation with Vijay Yadav

    5:20 PM - 6:00 PM Savarkar : A Contested Legacy, Vikram Sampath in conversation with Tejaswi Naik  
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Valedictory Function - Book Unveilings and Announcement of Poetry Contest Winners  
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.

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