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First ever online literature festival E-lit launched in 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 Sukanya Basu Mallik said, ‘Our aim was to entertain and yet add value to the lives of those who are currently under home quarantine or lockdown. 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 covid19 is gone”

The first chapter of the festival commenced on 4th April, 2020 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 literat

ure. She spoke extensively about the effects of coronavirus and how it is causing disruption throughout the world.

Day 2 of the festival began with a beautiful session on finding peace of mind, called ‘positivity hacks during the lockdown ‘ 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 event includes masterclass on ‘What and why to read during quarantine’ by a blogger and founder of libroreviews, Anchal Rani.

The line up for the rest of the festival consists of goan author, 40 years old poet and artist Frederika Menzes from Goa who is suffering from cerebral palsy.  Professional graphic designer Samridhi Aneja from Punjab spoke about design language of book covers and bestselling author Devika Das shared her day with the viewers in vlog firmat on 8th April throughout the day.A licensed career counselor Tanisha Salma Venkani went live on 9th 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 audio book industry and ‘first audiowriting’ 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 talked about finding oneself better through writing. Rj Tejashri from Radio City

talked about how beautifully literature and radio production are connected to eachother.

There is also a book launch planned on the 12th for Mahul Brahma’s upcoming release called ‘Quarantined: love in the time of corona’. Panellists 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 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.

Literary critic Sneha Prakash Thakur who reviews books for various esteemed newspapers is also supposed to talk as a guest speaker on 15th April at 9 pm.

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 charging from our speakers nor from participants /viewers. Clips and pages runs 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 loveto welcome if someone comes up for sponsoring our eventin futureto make it grand,” Sukanya said.