17 Nov

10:30 am: National Anthem/Sare Jahaan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara and the Tarana of Insan School

Inauguration by Shri Chandra Ram, Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Arts and Youth Development, Bihar (TBC).

10:45-10:50 am – Welcome by Saba Syed Hafeez, Insan Foundation, USA

10:50 -11:10 am: Onstage welcome of guests by local leaders

11:10am -11:20am: Welcome address by Zafar Anjum, founder-director, SILF

11:20 am -11:40am: Opening keynote – Indians Abroad: A Singaporean Perspective: P N Balji, author and veteran journalist from Singapore

11.40 am-12:30 pm: Panel discussion: Reclaiming humanity through literature: Rahman Abbas, Isa Kamari, Shafey Kidwai, Ziya Us Salam, Rheea Mukherjee (moderator)

LUNCH BREAK: 12.30pm to 2pm

2:00-2:30pm: Appreciating the life and works of Phanishwar Nath Renu, the pride of Seemanchal by Anant

2.30pm – 3pm: Contemporary Hindi literature – Opportunities and Challenges by Prof. Kamalanand Jha

3:00-3:45pm: Panel discussion – Challenges & Difficulties of writing fiction in Urdu: Shafey Kidwai, Abrar Mujeeb (TBC), Rahman Abbas (Moderator)

3:45-4:15 pm: Book launch and discussion with Singaporean award winning novelist and poet, Isa Kamari (His novel Intercession is the first Malay novel be to be translated into Urdu and will be released at our festival) + Release of Tweet (moderated by Shafey Kidwai)

4:15-5:00pm: Panel Discussion:  Gender in fiction- the role, stereotypes, and similarities of women in writing – Rheea Mukherjee, Abha Iyengar, Jayanthi Sankar, moderated by Dr. Nazia Hasan
Tea Break: 5-7pm

7pm – 9 pm: Mushaira – Mushtaq Ahmed Noori, Nadeem Zafar Jilani, Rehana Nawab, Habib Hashmi, Poets from Araria


In parallel: 12-1pm: Creative writing workshop with school children – led by Abha Iyengar


18 Nov

9:30-10:00am: Urdu Poetry and Hindi cinema by Amir Ullah Khan

10:00- 10:30am: Amir Ullah Khan in conversation with Ziya Us Salam

10.30 -11:00 am: Into the Wild – Percy Fernandez in conversation with Aditya Kripalani

TEA BREAK: 11:00 to 11:30am

11:30 am -12:30 pm: Nadeem Jilani in conversation with Zafar Anjum, author of  “Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician”

LUNCH BREAK: 12.30pm to 2pm

2:00-2:30pm: Hindi poetry with Shams Tanweer and Wali Chaudhry

2:30 -3:00 pm: The Art of the Short Story: Rheea Mukherjee (author of Transit for Beginners), Abha Iyengar (author of The Gourd seller and Other Stories), Nazia Hasan (moderator)

3:00 – 3.30pm: A Publisher’s Journey – Zafar Anjum in conversation with Milee Ashwarya

3:30-4:15 pm: India and Indians in the international imagination: Panel discussion with international writers Isa Kamari, P N Balji, Jayanthi Sankar,  & Zafar Anjum, moderated by Debanjan Chakrabarti

4:15 – 4:45 pm: Book launch of Jayanthi Sankar’s new collection of short stories, Horizon Afar, followed by a discussion with the author (moderated by Rheea Mukherjee)

Tea Break: 4:45 – 6:30pm

7:00pm: Music, Movies and Literature – An evening with Aditya Kripalani (introduced by Zafar Anjum)

Followed by screening of Films by Filmwallas and British Council

Closing remarks by Zafar Anjum