2024 Literary Festivals: Embrace Mountain Culture and Local Writing in the Indian Hills

Author: TourGenie
Date: 2024-02-28

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Literary festivals transcend mere author signings, offering an enriching blend of community spirit, emerging voices, and linguistic heritage against picturesque backdrops. While renowned events like Jaipur and Bengaluru thrive in urban settings, a handful venture into India's scenic hills and valleys. Amidst cherry blossoms and eco-friendly music festivals, these gatherings celebrate indie artists and hidden hiking trails. Whether attending Nagaland's inaugural book fair or esteemed festivals in Dehradun and Kasauli, 2024 beckons literary enthusiasts to explore the hills, where cultural rabbit holes and regional literature await discovery. Here's a curated selection not to be missed:


Arunachal Literature festivals, Itanagar 


The Arunachal Literature Festival in Itanagar, organized by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), serves as a platform for emerging writers from the region to engage with esteemed figures in the industry. Renowned personalities like Padma Shri awardee Mamang Dai, Jerry Pinto, Mangalesh Dabral, and Nitin Gokhale grace this annual event. With a focus on preserving regional oral traditions and enhancing accessibility to local literature through translations in Hindi and English, the festival aims to foster cultural exchange and literary appreciation. 

Dates for the event are yet to be announced.



Ziro Literary Festival, Arunachal Pradesh


Simultaneous to the renowned Ziro Festival, this literary event offers a vibrant fusion of eco-friendly music and inspiring workshops on creative writing, filmmaking, poetry, and storytelling. Designed to ignite the passion for writing among young enthusiasts, attendees have the opportunity to interact with acclaimed authors and journalists like Sadiq Naqvi, Madhu Raghavendra, Karma Paljor, and Ranju Dodum. 

Specific dates for the festival are yet to be disclosed.


Shillong Literary Festivals, Meghalaya 


The Shillong Literary Festival in Meghalaya coincides with the Cherry Blossom Festival in November, drawing both tourists and locals to the city adorned in pink hues. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Ward's Lake, this multidisciplinary event features book launches, storytelling sessions, workshops, and a diverse array of local cuisines from across India. Attendees can also extend their stay to enjoy music performances at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Past editions have welcomed esteemed personalities like Janice Pariat, Rohan Chakravarty, Sam Miller, Ankush Saikia, and Sanjoy Mukherjee, and anticipation is high for this year's lineup. 

Specific dates for the festival are yet to be announced.


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