October 17-19, 2004
|Main Organisers :
India Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh (India)
Writers Club International, Chandigarh
Department of Public Relations, Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh
& Himachal Academy of Art, Languages & Culture Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
Musafir Auditorium, Sector 24, Chandigarh (India)
Y.M.C.A. Hall, Shimla.
More than 250 Poets & Writers participated in this Festival which was focused on World Peace & Literature. Nineteen writers from abroad came specially to attend the conference. These were :
Our special Invitees
A Brief Report of the event :
Festival-India_2004, a first of its kind in this part of India, with the theme "World
Peace and Literature" drew a large number of audiences. Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal,
Member Parliament from Chandigarh,
who inaugurated the Festival called it a special day when such a large number of
writers had gathered to undertake a task normally left to the politicians all
over the world. He said that in these times of turmoil the necessity of world
peace comes at the top. He appreciated the topicality of the theme and
congratulated the organizers for their this kind of humanitarian gestures.
The first session started with a paper presentation by Mr. Gurdev Chauhan, a famous Punjabi poet and critic. His paper - World Peace and Literature, highlighted the various issues concerning the pursuit of world peace. He specially stressed on all the role of media and literature in building up voice against tension and war.
Dr. Atamjit Singh, a noted Dramatist and Theatre-Director initiated the discussion which started a lively debate. In his opinion Theatre can play a significant role in spreading the message of peace among the masses. Mr. Mohan Bhandari, who presided over the inaugural function was highly hopeful that writers and literature could be instrumental in bringing unity in diversity.
Dr. (Mr.) Olelere Oliditan (Nigeria), Mrs. Jurga Ivanauskaite (Lithuania) , Dr. (Mrs.) Janet Levalley (Sri Lanka), Mr. Bulbul Sarwar (Bangladesh), Manmohan Singh Mohan (U. K.), Mr. Janardahn Pathania, Mrs. Gyatri Saraf and Dr. K. Balachandran also spoke on the occasion echoing the similar thoughts and voices. There was special sessio totally devoted to Print media and internet publishing. On both days poets from India & abroad presented their poetry highlighting the theme of the Festival.
On 19 Octopber 2004, the final session of the Festival was held at YMCA, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) in collaboration with Academy of Art, Language and Culture, Himachal Government.. The Director of Languages, Himachal Govertmnet Mr. Prem Sharma and Mr. Sudarshan Vashishat, Secreray of the Academy were all praise for the festival and desired that IICCA should organise more such festival and offered their all-out help for such ventures.