Jaipur : The second day of the much-talked event, AWWA LitFest Abhivyakti Season 2 at Jaipur’s Jawahar Kala Kendra turned out to be as invigorating and engaging as the first-only with different colours and flavours for the bibliophiles and the art connoisseurs. The theme of the day was ‘Khula Aasman’ – very apt for an event which has provided an open platform for showcasing wide range of creative activities.
The day commenced with the interview of Mr Shiv Aroor, a celebrated author, editor and anchor at India Today. Mr Aroor’s presence at the Litfest was rather appropriate given that he has authored many military books besides being a Defence Correspondent. Mr Aroor spoke about his association with the Olive Green. This was followed by Mrs Ravneet Bhinder, Regional President AWWA launching the book ‘The Jungle Book of Rhymes’ written by Mrs Jyotsna Atre.
The morning session at ‘Rangayan’ auditorium commenced with ‘Chatroom/ Ikhtiyar-E-Khwab: Meet your Poet’ which witnessed poets sharing their compositions with the audience. This was followed by a literature theme based Kathak performance by Mrs Sucheta Shiv Kumar & troupe. Parallelly, at the ‘Madhyavarti’ auditorium, the proceedings of the day commenced with ‘Roobaroo Part-II: Meet Your Author’. This was an interactive session wherein the authors shared their works with the audience. The next session at ‘Madhyavarti’ was ‘Age: Only a Number for Writers’ which included writers from different age groups sharing their joy and experience of starting their writing careers at different stages of their lives.
Post lunch session at ‘Rangayan’ commenced with ‘Kitabon Ki Zubani’ which featured Mrs Swapnil Pandey, Miss Simran Randhawa and Mrs Vandana Yadav narrating excerpts from their works. This was followed by the session ‘Mera Desh Meri Jaan’ featuring Mrs Anuradha Prabhudesai and Mrs Sartaj Lamba which focused on initiatives taken for the cause of soldiers and the need to do more. At ‘Madhyavarti’, lunch session commenced with ‘Zindagi Ek Safar’ which focused on travelogues and travelling experiences of the writers. The next session at ‘Madhyavarti’ was ‘Dream Big, Achieve Big’ which took forward the success stories of women entrepreneurs making it big despite all odds.
Besides the above, there were two workshops on varied interests held at the venue. The first workshop at ‘Krishnayan’ auditorium was ‘Creative Writing’ by Mrs Sutapa Basu. The next workshop was ‘Empowering Yourself to Articulate Your Aspiration’ by Mrs Anandita Roy, Dr Ritu Sharma & Mrs Priyanka Jaitly Judge. These workshops proved extremely useful in satiating the queries of the audience on these niche subjects. Two more books were launched today- ‘Gazala’ written by Mrs Suman Siwach was launched by the Regional President AWWA, Mrs Ravneet Bhinder and ‘Growth’ written by Mrs Sunita Choudhary was launched by Mr Rahul Singh.
In addition, a Nukkad Natak by NCC cadets, conversation with Mr Rannvijay Singha of Roadies fame, a song performance and a musical performance by the Army Symphony Band added to the excitement through the day. Going by the buzz at Jawahar Kala Kendra, the final day of the event is looked forward to eagerly.