Fiction Festival is an event with a host of renowned speakers specializing in a
wide array of genres and about all things non-fiction India
The commercial capital of
shall witness Asia’s first non-fiction
festival this June. A genre that is a mirror for viewing the world around us,
dealing with facts about people, places, issues and events, will have one of
the world’s few non- fiction events called the India Non Fiction Festival. Centered on the theme, Be Bold Stay Real, the festival will
deal primarily with non- fiction writing and will see experts across sectors
come together to disseminate their wisdom and insights. The event makes its
first appearance in Mumbai at the Nehru Centre at Worli from the 21 to 23rd June 2013.
The non-fiction festival caters to a vast range of genres such as business, management, leadership, health, fitness, media, cinema, cookery, lifestyle, politics, economics, globalization etc. The festival’s format consists of parallel sessions in two conference halls consisting of engaging panel discussions, interesting keynotes and one on one conversation with eminent authors; another hall will be accessible with books for sale and book signing sessions.
The three days are packed with interesting and stimulating sessions from established authors and eminent personalities in their respective genres. The authors and writers conducting the sessions are Indian mythology guru Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik, sports writer Mr. Makarand Waingankar, director Mr. Sanjay Gadhvi, experts Mr. R Jagannathan, Mr. Vivek Dehejia and Ms. Rupa Subramanya, US Consul General Mr. Peter Haas, spiritual guru Swami Sukhobodhananda, alternate sexuality crusaders Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, Mr. Roy Wadia, the ex- police commissioner of Mumbai Mr. D Sivanandan, political author and journalist Ms. Tavleen Singh, professor of corporate strategy and policy area at IIMB Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, social commentator Mr. Santosh Desai, former Chairman of Microsoft India, Mr. Ravi Venkatesan, banking editor and writer Mr. Tamal Bandyopadhyay, management and market research consultant Ms. Rama Bijapurkar, writer and editor Ms. Raksha Bharadia, food writer Ms. Tara Deshpande, youth expert and writer Ms. Rashmi Bansal, corporate lecturer Ms. Anita Bhogle along with other renowned non- fiction personalities.
Among the books to be launched will be, My Stroke of Luck by author Mr. Vijay Santhanam, which will be launched by Mr. Gautam Kiyawat, CEO Madison Media & RK, Neo Sports and Directors Cut: 50 Major Filmmakers of the Modern Era by the author Mr. K Raghavendra which will be launched by renowned director Mr. Mahesh Bhatt.
Beyond non- fiction, the festival will also act as a platform to create awareness and discuss neglected social issues such as promoting philanthropy, LGBT in society along with other pressing issues. The festival targeted at students, business professionals, scholars, homemakers, health & fitness enthusiasts, homemakers and just about anyone interested in the many genres within Non Fiction.
Speaking about the occasion Kumaar Bagrodia, Festival Director,
Fiction Festival said, “I
have always been a great enthusiast of non-fiction as this is the format that
mirrors real life happenings, circumstances; connecting the reader to reality. Formerly,
there was no festival solely dedicated to non-fiction works and so I decided to
give the genre its due and share it with the citizens of Mumbai. The festival is a culmination of
all our efforts and love for the genre and I would like to thank our partners
and speakers for making it possible. We are very excited and eager to see the
response of our festival among our visitors.” India
“Nonfiction as a category, save in some niches such as self-improvement books, has not received sufficient attention in
. The initial response to this
conclave shows that its time has come” said, Mr. Parthasarathi Swami, India
Knowledge @ Wharton Managing
Mr. Vinay Hebbar, Managing Director India, Havard Business School Publishing, said, “This festival with a unique focus on non-fiction is a welcome initiative that would promote non-fiction authors, and their ideas in
This will give readers an opportunity to listen to, learn and engage with top
Indian and international minds.” India
"I feel that this first serious attempt for a Non-Fiction festival must be lauded and encouraged. I'm sure this is something the academic community and non-fiction writers should welcome. SAGE is proud to be associated with this initiative” said, Mr. Vivek Mehra, MD & CEO, SAGE Publications.
"We at Jaico are very excited about this unique and much-needed event. The India Non-Fiction Festival is a big step in the right direction” said, Mr. Akash Shah, Publisher & Owner, Jaico Publishing House.
The partners of the
Non Fiction Festival consist of: Knowledge@Wharton, The American Center & Library,
Harvard Business Review, Crossword Book Stores, IndiaSpend, Harper Collins,
Sage, Jaico, Random House, Hachette, Penguin, Aiesec, and the British Council. Westland
Entry to the festival is free and will be on a first come first serve basis.
· Registration Details: www.IndiaNonFictionFestival.com
· Location: Nehru Centre,
Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli, Mumbai- 400 018
· Date: 21st June’2013 to 23rd June’2013
· Time: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm