First ever Online Literature Festival ‘E-LIT’ launched and is being witnessed in Kolkata
Kolkata: Aiming to connect litterateurs across the world, with an essence of inclusivity, Clips and Pages launches the first-ever women’s online lit fest, ’E-Lit’ on April 4, 2020.
21-years-old Author and Festival Founder, Miss. Sukanya Basu Mallik said, ”Our aim was to entertain and yet add value propositions to the lives of those Individuals who are currently under home quarantine or lock-down. Literature makes life better and we wanted to resolve the bitterness that’s enveloping the world through the virus via literature. We’re going to be there for the people until Covid-19 is gone not only from our life but from our mind too”
The first chapter of the festival commenced on 4th April 2020 inaugurating with a session by the award-winning journalist, ‘Nibedita Sen’ on ‘Politicians as Mass Communicators’ followed by a session of Urdu poetry by a veterinary doctor and multilingual poet from Jammu and Kashmir, ‘Dr. Radhika Sharma’ which dealt with finding peace amidst chaos during the current lockdown through literature. She spoke extensively about the effects of coronavirus and how it is disrupting the world.
The Second Chapter of the festival began with a beautiful session on finding peace of mind, called ‘Positivity Hacks during the Lock-down’ by the tarot card reader and chakra healer, ‘Sonam Chamaria’. It was followed by a cinematic and tuneful evening session by a couple, the gorgeous ‘Gopa Bhattacharjee’ and the melodious ‘Shuvayu Bhattacharjee’ called ‘Poetic Influence in Cinema’.
The third day of the online event includes Masterclass on ‘What and Why to read during Quarantine’ by an esteemed blogger and the founder of ‘Libroreviews’, “Anchal Rani”.
The line-up for the rest of the one of a kind festival consists of a Goan author, 40 years old poet and a tremendously talented artist, “Frederika Menzes” hailing from Goa who is suffering from ‘Cerebral Palsy’.
Professional graphic designer Samridhi Aneja from Punjab spoke about the design language of book covers and bestselling author Miss. Devika Das shared her day with the viewers in Vlog format on the 8th of April throughout the day. A licensed career counselor Tanisha Salma Venkani went live on the 9th of April to speak about ‘How education and schooling are different’, followed by Sukanya’s session on ‘Making money through creative writing’.
Suromita’s session was all about the Audiobook Industry and the ‘First Audio Writing’ which was something the audience wasn’t aware of otherwise. She also enriched the viewers by acquainting them with Storytel.
Sharmila talked about her podcast which focuses on self-love and also talked about finding oneself better through writing. Rj Tejashri from Radio City talked about how beautiful literature and radio production are connected.
There is also a book launch planned on the 12th for Mahul Brahma’s upcoming release called ‘Quarantined: Love in the time of Corona’. Panelists for the 13th include Pauline Laravoire and Meghdut Roychowdhury from Y-east and Offbeat CCU, Cliszma DaCosta, an ACE certified group fitness instructor and Dance movement therapeutic practitioner, Aditya Giri, an ex-merchant mariner & a full-time maritime blogger/Activist.
On the 14th, the festival will showcase creative prodigies which include Sukanya Majumder from IIsc Banglore, who is an Artist, Pratik Jaitapkar who is a traditionally published, bestselling author besides being a mechanical engineering student and Rajnandni Sharma from IIT Kharagpur with a knack for journalism and creative writing.
Sukanya has not only taken it to her stride but also involved readers, writers and bloggers for their active participation. She feels that there is a need of involvement of young and experienced minds rather than some big sponsors.
“We’re neither charginga buck from our speakers nor from the participants/viewers. Clips and pages run completely on a voluntary basis. At clips and pages, we try to provide a common interactive online platform for young and experienced minds. We would love to welcome if someone comes up for sponsoring our eventin futureto and contribute to make it grand” Sukanya said.
Backbone and Supporting Team of Clips and Pages:
Subhadip is an aspiring news anchor and a social worker. He owns an NGO for three years and took several initiatives to stand by needy people. Subhadip is also fond of children and did private tutoring for 7 years. He just loves to deal with different psychologies among children and adolescent’s problems. Apart, Subhadip is a Bharatnatyam Dancer too.
Kiran Thakur happens to be an aspiring public speaker. An exuberant chatterbox who loves to interact with different people and understand their perspectives towards life. She has also bagged numerous prizes in slam poetry which is one of her greatest knacks.
Boredom isn’t her cup of tea. She is ever jovial and agile and beautifully weaves her emotions through her pieces. Besides this, sketching is her second love. Whenever she sees an outstanding speaker, she visualizes herself standing there on the stage, enthralling the mass and winning it over and over again.
Her meteoric rise both in her work and her activities. Her courageous nature to call a spade a spade is something noteworthy.
Addicted to sarcasm, verse, and nontoxic humans as she says, Ritika is a day-dreamer and a night-thinker.
When nothing in this world could soothe her, she found comfort in the pearl of wisdom.
Dream-broken and hope-finder, she tries to make people read what they would never listen to. She loves to write poetry and is a published poet. She is also a content writer and performs poetry.
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Anushka is an aspiring writer who knows to enjoy every little moment of her life. Besides being a student of journalism and mass communication, she also writes poems and is a slammer. She also loves to explore unknown places and find something new. She is an optimist who connects the incidents with words and rhythms.
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