- Reportedly, India hosts about 70-75 literature festivals of varying sizes, formats and types across the country. This excludes student body organized events.
- Most of these happen in November-March, because of favourable weather conditions. Some of them are organized by literary bodies like Parishads and Akademis. Majority of them levitate towards being scholarly and literary events – preaching the converted – rather than popular, targeting the youth.
- While metropolitan cities have multiple literary fests, some tier-2 cities are now also graduating to more than one festival.
- A majority of these festivals are focused on English books and their writers. Except for the city, the speakers, ambience and the overall character of the festivals is nearly identical.
- Majority of them do not focus on literary forms consumed more by the people – like Plays, TV serials, Web Series, Film scripts, Digital and Social Media formats.
- Almost, none of them focus on regional literature.
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