Gujarat Literature Festival announces Season 4

  • To be held for 5 days between December 14 and 18, 2016
  • Over 80 events; nearly 200 local, national and international authors, experts and performers from multiple languages
  • GLF Season 4 is exploring the theme of ‘Humour’.
  • Novelist and JLF Festival Director Namita Gokhale, Swedish author Zac O’Yeah, bestselling autor Ashwin Sanghi, Screenwriters’ Association founder Anjum Rajabali to participate.


Gujarat’s first literature festival and now the largest literary event in the state, Gujarat Literature Festival (GLF), is back for the fourth season. With a wide diversity of authors, poets, performers and experts, not only from Gujarat but across the world, GLF promises to be the most exciting cerebral event this year in Gujarat.

The Festival is language-neutral and will have sessions in Gujarati, English, Hindi, and Urdu this year. GLF stands out amongst all other literature festivals in its philosophy. It will focus on boosting acceptance of Gujarati and nurturing fresh talent in Gujarati writing, while giving room to all other languages.

The Festival has planned two days of pre-inauguration events to bring more focus on literary activities. GLF has partnered with Sabarmati Ashram to host the first event of the season on the river-facing Ashram terrace. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, well-known Hindustani Classical singer Vidya Rao will give soulful musical rendition to Gandhi Bhajans, Kabir Dohas and Thumri on the banks of River Sabarmati.

This will be followed by a day full of workshops on Thursday, December 15 at the Festival venue, Kanoria Center for Arts and CEPT premises, Opposite Gujarat University Campus, on the University Road in Ahmedabad. In all, over 10 workshops have been planned during the five days.

The Festival will be inaugurated by Governor of Gujarat Shri O P Kohliji on Friday, December 16, 2016. The inaugural event will start at 9.30 am. On the spot registrations will start at 8.30 am.
Continuing with the philosophy that Literature is not bound between the covers of a book, GLF once again brings together multiple forms of narratives and story-telling – theatre, screenplay for feature films, documentary films, music, journalism, social media and even oral traditions- all packed in the three days of fun with ideas, free thought and books.

“The focus this year in GLF is on taking humour seriously. The idea behind this is to bring forth the importance of laughter in everyday life and the ability to laugh at oneself and not merely at the expense of someone else,” says Samkit Shah, Festival Director of GLF. He added, sarcastic but witty and intelligent humor seems to be diminishing.

Laughter, comedy, satire etc are mediums to communicate some thought provoking ideas for the masses. Humour writers, performers, cartoonists, stand up comedians et al, from Gujarat and around the world, will explain the significance of this through their art and craft. They will candidly debate concerns the society faces, and of course make for an entertaining experience for the audience.

The third edition of GLF in January 2016 had the theme ‘Film is New Literature’. The multiple sessions, workshops and Masterclasses on this theme received extraordinary response from the youth. This year, GLF announces a formal tie-up with Screenwriters’ Association (formerly known as Film Writers’ Association). As a part of this association, GLF will host one specially curated Masterclass and four sessions about writing for mainstream cinema, during the three days of the festival.

Some gems of the Hindi film industry, who have made noteworthy contributions to mainstream cinema in recent times through the scripts they have written, will share their creative journey in a freewheeling conversation for the first time in Ahmedabad.

GLF is a meeting point of ideas, ideologies and thoughts to spark free thinking in today’s youth. The entry to the festival sessions is completely free for the audiences, as we cover the expenses through the support of our sponsors.

Highlights of GLF Season 4

  • Bold discussion between some of India’s leading Gandhianand Sardarscholars about ‘Was Gandhi a Racist? or a Casteist?’ Or was there any injustice meted out to Sardar?
  • For the first time: Prisoners from Sabarmati Jail, who have penned several poems and ghazals, will come to GLF and recite their poems on stage! This will be the first ‘KaviSammelan’ of the prisoners.
  • Another contemporary issue is the portrayal of women and gender equations in mainstream cinema. Leading scriptwriters of Bollywood, including the writer of ‘Pink’ Ritesh Shah, will discuss this burning issue at GLF.
  • It will be for the first time that a play will be premiered in a literary event. Acclaimed play director Aditi Desai’s new play ‘Dhaad’ will premiere on December 18, at Thakorebhai Desai Hall with support of GLF.
  • A brief curtain raiser of actor / director Manoj Joshi’s next play ‘Adpodara to America’ will also be performed for the first time at GLF.
  • Bollywood song-writerIrshadKamil’s band Waahz will give musical rendition to beautiful poetry written by Kamil himself.
  • ChintanNaik’s group to perform ‘AkhanaChhappa’ – a contemporary rock and rap rendering of unique poems written by the 17th century poet from Ahmedabad Akho Bhagat.
  • English best-selling author Ashwin Sanghi will retrace his creative journey in a candid conversation with city based author Raksha Bharadia.
  • Founder of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) Namita Gokhale will talk about her latest novel ‘Things to Leave Behind’.
  • In a first in Gujarat, a group of people from Tamil Nadu will talk about the 1,000 year old Gujarati spoken there – Sorashtri.
  • A translation workshop will translate works of poet Ramesh Parekh into English and it will be published as a book eventually.
  • Awards and prizes for upcoming writers will be announced.
  • Multiple book releases have been planned in the three days of the festival.