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9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Inauguration Ceremony.

Ceremonial opening: Cultural Performance
Keynote speech by Easterine Kire

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fiction unbound: The secrets behind crafting compelling narratives

Moderator: Avinuo Kire

Panellists: Mamang Dai, Jahnavi Barua

Session Summary: Delve into the art of storytelling as literary virtuosos share insights on crafting narratives that captivate hearts and minds, unlocking the magic behind the creation of unforgettable fictional worlds.

Venue: The Plaza

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Beyond the margins – The Power of Marginalized Voices in literature

Moderator: Theyiesinuo Keditsu

Panellists: Yogesh Maitreya, Lekhnath Chhetri, Anurag Basnet

Session Summary: Explore the profound impact of marginalized voices in literature, uncovering the strength and resilience within their narratives, as this session dives deep into stories often overlooked, amplifying the richness of diverse perspectives.

Venue: The Plaza

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The role of literature in Political Writing

Moderator: Jim Wungramyao

Panellists:  Shelmi Sankhil, Vikas Kumar, Rohlupuia.

Session Summary: Uncover the symbiotic relationship between literature and political discourse as authors discuss the impactful role of storytelling in shaping political narratives and how it remains relevant to new age readers.

Venue: The Plaza

Lunch till 2:30 pm

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Raising eco-warriors

Moderator: Mansi Shetty

Panellists: Nandini Nayar, Meghaa Gupta, Rohan Chakravarty.

Session Summary: Join the conversation on environmental consciousness in literature, discovering how narratives shape the mindset of future eco-warriors. This session explores the intersection of storytelling and environmental activism, inspiring a generation committed to sustainable living.

Venue: The Plaza

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

How to create a bestseller

Moderator: Deepthi Talwar

Panellists: Durjoy Datta, Nona Uppal, Arsh Varma, Ankush Saikia

Session Summary: Decode the formula for literary success in this session, where seasoned authors share their insights into the art and science of crafting bestsellers, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the strategies that turn stories into chart-toppers.

Venue: The Plaza

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A 360° view of India’s economy

Moderator: Karthik Venkatesh

Panellists: AK Bhattacharya, Subhash Garg.

Session Summary: A comprehensive understanding of India’s economic landscape in this insightful session, offering a panoramic view that explores complexities, potentials, and the dynamic forces shaping the nation’s financial future.

Venue: The Plaza

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Cultural performance

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

The Ripple Effect: How Environmental Changes Resonate Across Literature and Life

Moderator: Meghaa Gupta

Panellists: Viju B., Joy L.K. Pachuau, Rohan Chakravarty, Swargajyoti Gohain.

Session Summary: Trace the connections between environmental shifts and literary expression, exploring how changes in the natural world influence storytelling and vice versa. Discover the profound ripple effect of ecological transformations on literature and life.

Venue: The Plaza

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Chronicles of the Seven Sisters: A Historical Odyssey

Moderator: Karthik Venkatesh

Panellists: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty, Arupjyoti Saikia, Mmhonlumo Kikon

Session Summary: Embark on a historical journey through Northeastern culture, tracing the footprints that shaped the region’s rich heritage. This session illuminates the historical narratives that continue to leave an indelible mark on the cultural landscape.

Venue: The Plaza

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Navigating Health and wellness in a Modern World

Moderator: Deepthi Talwar

Panellists: Dimple Jangda, Vasudha Rai.

Session Summary: Navigate the complexities of modern health and wellness through the lens of literature. This session explores the intersection of literary expression and well-being, offering insights into how stories and reading can inspire healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Venue: The Plaza

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lost in Translation? Unlocking Indian Languages for Every Reader

Moderator: Moushumi Kandali

Panellists: Srinath Perur, Vivek Shanbhag, L. Somi Roy.

Session Summary: Examine the challenges and triumphs of translating Indian languages into a broader literary landscape, exploring the importance of making diverse voices accessible to readers worldwide.

Venue: The Plaza

Lunch till 2 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Exploring Identity through Language

Moderator: Karthik Venkatesh

Panellists: Vaishali Shroff, Jane De Souza.

Session Summary: Join a linguistic exploration of identity as this session delves into the profound connection between language and selfhood. Discover how diverse languages contribute to the intricate tapestry of personal and cultural identity.

Venue: The Plaza

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Ink and Imagination: Nurturing a Graphic Novel Culture in India

Moderator: Mansi Shetty

Panellists: Sarnath Banerjee, Nikhil Gulati, Nandita Basu

Session Summary: Immerse yourself in the world of graphic novels as this session discusses the growth and influence of this visual storytelling medium in India and building a community of artists and readers.

Venue: The Plaza

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Whispers of the Hills: Exploring Northeast’s oral storytelling traditions

Moderator: Theyiesinuo Keditsu

Panellists: Moushumi Kandali, Veio Pou, Joy Pachuau.

Session Summary: Uncover the enchanting tales woven into the fabric of Northeastern culture in this session on oral storytelling traditions. Join us on a journey of discovery, where whispers from the hills come alive through the art of spoken word.

Venue: The Plaza

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Workshop at the Book Lounge

9th February

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Creative writing for young adults (Young Adults)

By Ratna Vira


3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Pitching a Book Proposal (Adults)

By Anwesha Rana


7:00 – 8:00 pm

Open Mic Poetry with Easterine Kire

10th February

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Storytelling session (Children)

By Nandini Nayar


1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Storytelling session (Children)

By Renthunglo Shitiri


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Creative Writing for Adults (Adults)

By Jahnavi Baruah

Events at the Auditorium

9th February

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Creative writing for children (Children)

By Jane De Souza


2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Novels – a conversation (Adults)

By Easterine Kire and Veio Pou


3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Illustration (Children)

By Canato Jimo

10th February

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

On creating comics (Children)

By Nikhil Gulati


12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Crime fiction writing for Adults (Adults)

By Kanchana Banerjee


4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On graphic novels and building characters

By Nandita Basu