Rainbow Lit Fest

Rainbow Lit Fest Gulmohar Park Club Creative

Date and Time: 7-8 December 2019, 10am onwardsAdd to Calendar 07/12/2019 10:00 08/12/2019 19:00 Asia/Kolkata Rainbow Lit Fest Must check for Details and on Event day before visiting -
Gulmohar Park Club, C-40, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi - 110049DD/MM/YYYY

Entry: Rs. 250

Venue: Gulmohar Park Club, C-40, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi - 110049

Venue Info: www.gulmoharclub.com | Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Green Park(Yellow Line)'

Event Description: This winters, Rainbow Lit Fest, the first Queer & Inclusive: A first-of-its-kind literature festival comes to Delhi bringing to you, an amalgamation of different forms of expression where over 75 exponents of prose, poetry, art, music, dance and cinema.

Speakers list include:

Anjali Gopalan
Dr. Saif Mahmood
Saleem Kidwai
Nandita Das
Devdutt Pattnaik

Conceptualized by Sharif D. Rangnekar, the author of Straight To Normal – My Life As A Gay Man.

Going beyond binaries and bringing together different identities and sections of society, The Rainbow Lit Fest – Queer & Inclusive Sitting at the intersection of the alternative and mainstream, The Rainbow Lit Fest will witness the amalgamation of different forms of expression where over 75 exponents of prose, poetry, art, music, dance and cinema will come together over two days.
The fest is backed by an eight-member advisory committee who are Anjali Gopalan (Founder, Naz Foundation), Apurva Asrani (National Award-winning filmmaker, film editor and screenwriter), Maya Sharma (author and activist), Parmesh Shahani (Founder, Godrej India Culture Lab), Saleem Kidwai (historian and queer activist), Dr. Saif Mahmood (author, activist and lawyer), Vivek Mansukhani (educationist and theatre personality), and Zainab Patel (Manager, D&I, KPMG). The festival has been conceptualized by Sharif D. Rangnekar (Festival Director), the author of Straight To Normal – My Life As A Gay Man, a book released earlier this year, the first memoir since the reading down of Section 377 last September. It is co-presented by a platform Rangnekar curates – Embrace: Music Justice Arts and the Creative Director, Pankaj Malhotra’s event firm – Epic India.
The Fest will be addressed by notable authors, filmmakers and activists, other than those on the
the advisory committee, such as Devdutt Pattnaik, Nandita Das, Nemat Sadat and Onir, among several other distinguished personalities, sharing stories and ideas that will seek to stitch together a more informed narrative of diversity, existence and co-existence.
Everything from the fest’s location – Gulmohar Park, which saw the early risings of the gay movement at the residence-cum-office of the Naz Foundation back in 2001 – to its belief system – that literature and art should speak for as many as possible, particularly those who aren’t usually heard – sets The Rainbow Fest apart. Talking about the ethos of the fest, Rangnekar says, “The lit fest essentially aims to engage with the truths of identity and diversity, and while drawing on the distinctions, we wish to address the common ground of humanity. There is no better way than literature, art, poetry, music and talk to bring such topics to life!”
Panel discussions and talks will be interspersed with screenings of iconic films like U for Usha by Rohan Kanwade, the Konkona Sen-starrer - Monsoon Date by Tanuja Chandra, I Am Sanjo by Jijo Kuriakose and the most-awarded silent LGBT silent film, Sisak by Faraz Ansari. In addition, there would be dance performances, a puppet show, a drag act and three music performances by the Traditional Nizami Brothers, the 12-member Manzil Mystics and arguably the most diverse rock band in the country - ‘The Original Knock-Offs’.

Ultimately, over the two days of the Fest, attendees will get to interact with not just diverse views and those who go beyond the binaries but also a people coming from as many as 18 different cities and towns from across the world – Washington DC at one end to Moirang in Manipur, at another!

The Rainbow Lit Fest – Queer & Inclusive, is a trademark owned by the Dwijen Dinanath Arts Foundation. The Foundation also owns Embrace: Music Justice Arts that is co-presenting the Lit Fest with Epic India, who’s Managing Director, Pankaj Malhotra, is the Creative Director of the Lit Fest. The two organisations work across the spaces of music, arts, justice, using events, talks and music as a means to communicate different issues and matters of social relevance. 

For more information and to register, visit rainbowliteraturefestival.com

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Rainbow Lit Fest Rainbow Lit Fest Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Sunday, December 08, 2019 Rating: 5

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