By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 21 Nov: A growing excitement is becoming tangible in the winds of Dehradun as the International Literary Festival, Valley of Words, gears up for its second edition at Madhuban Hotel from 23 to 25 November.
The three day festival celebrates creative expressions across all genres … the written and the spoken word, and beyond … the world of puppets, theatre, music, photography, art, craft, besides the quest to understand the temporal and spiritual realms… it gives space to new and hitherto lesser known forms of creative expression.
Valley of Words believes that literature and art have the potential to engage people of all age groups, especially students and youth, to look beyond the immediate, to place ‘facts’ in perspective, to question the ‘why’, to engage in lateral thinking and explore options that have the potential of making the world a better place. This year, in its second edition, Valley of Words brings issues that are close to the heart, close to the hills and globally pertinent as well.
Valley of Words encourages the young and the old alike to transcend their limitations to scale new heights, explore new passions and, most importantly, discover the art of listening, engaging in critical discourse and appreciating excellence in others!
This year, the three day lit fest celebrates the spirit of Sanskrit with a keynote address on “Universal lessons from Sanskrit epics” and Sanskrit Skits being performed by students of DPS, Haridwar, in the inaugural session of the festival itself. Apart from this, we continue with our 4 verticals: Military History and Strategy, RS Tolia Forum (Environmental Sustainability), Hindi, English, 27 book launches, 12 exhibitions, 200 authors and 3 days of unparalleled literary and artistic experience.