The first edition of the Tagore International Literature & Arts Festival, also known as ‘Vishwa Rang’, will be held in Bhopal from 7th to 10th November 2019. The event is being organized by the Tagore International Centre for Arts and Culture, housed under Bhopal-based Rabindranath Tagore University (RNTU), and the AISECT Group of Universities. Vishwa Rang 2019 will be the first world-class literary and arts festival to be organized by an educational institution of India. It will celebrate the essence of Arts and Literature in Hindi and other Indian languages and witness the coming together of over 500 artists and authors from over 30 nationalities.
Talking about the upcoming Festival, Mr Santosh Choubey, Director of Tagore International Literature & Arts Festival & RNTU’s Chancellor, said, “I strongly believe that science & technology and art & culture are equally important if we have to develop our nation’s youth into well-rounded human beings. Therefore, the Tagore International Centre for Arts and Culture was created within RNTU as an interdisciplinary centre that could look into arts, culture, music, theatre, drama and films and cut across various genres for the benefit of the students and the general public at large. Through this Festival, we want to promote Hindi and other Indian languages at an international scale by providing a platform for discussion, participation and deliberation for everyone involved in Hindi literature, art and culture. We have partnered with reputed international and national universities and organizations that are focused on raising awareness about the literary richness and importance of Indian languages.”
Vishwa Rang 2019 will be a platform for ideological dialogue and cultural interplay spread over 60 sessions, which will feature discussions, celebration and discourse on many subjects including literature, culture, education, cinema, journalism and environment. The key highlights of the festival will be the World Poetry Festival, International Mushaira, Discourse on Tagore, Gandhi and their Contemporaries, Meet the Author Sessions, Exhibition and Book Discussions, Literature and Cinema, National Vanmali Katha Samman, Dastangoi, Poetry Sessions by Third Gender, Sessions on Children’s Literature, Musical Extravaganza by popular bands and the release of Kathadesh, among others. The event will also include three days of retrospective on Tagore, scheduled from 4th to 7th November 2019, focusing on his poetry, paintings, stories and plays.
Participants will range from diverse arts and cultural fields along with professors and students from various prestigious universities of the world. Some of the eminent personalities participating in the Festival include Bangladeshi poet and essayist Mozid Mahmud (National Press Club and Arunima Literary Award winner); South African actress, writer and performance poet Lebogang Mashile (Noma Award winner); Burmese poet, poetry editor and translator Ko Ko Thett (English PEN Translation Award winner); Filipino poet, essayist and freelance journalist Marra PL. Lanot (Catholic Mass Media and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner); Sri Lankan Tamil poet Dr. Rudhramoorthy Cheran (ONV Award winner); Tibetan poet, writer and activist Tenzin Tsundue (winner of the first ever Outlook-Picador Award); and Russian poet, essayist, cultural activist and anthropologist Igor Sid.
Key Indian literary guests will include Raghuveer Chaudhari (Jnanpith and Sahitya Academi awardee), Padma Shri Surjit Patar (Sahitya Akademi and Saraswati Samman awardee), Chitra Mudgal (Sahitya Akademi and Vyas Samman awardee), Vishwanath Tripathi (Vyas Samman and Moortidevi awardee) and C. Radhakrishnan (Moortidevi awardee). Renowned actor Ashutosh Rana, poet and lyricist Irshad Kamil and Raghu Dixit, the lead singer of the popular multilingual Indian folk music band Raghu Dixit Project, will also attend the Festival.
Mr. Choubey further said, “Preservation, conservation and growth of arts and culture have been the core focus areas of our organization and universities. Our partnerships with international universities and organizations will enable us to expand the reach of Hindi and Indian languages through the medium of arts and culture to different countries, interested students and artists. Apart from organizing festivals such as the Tagore International Literature & Art Festival, we plan to collaborate with other international and national universities for projects related to history of arts, short stories and literature in India.”
Vishwa Rang 2019 is supported by various literary and cultural government bodies like the Department of Culture and Tourism in Bhopal, Sahitya Akademi, Gyan Peeth, National Book Trust and Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts.