Khushwant Singh Literary Festival

Khushwant Singh Literary Festival

Khushwant Singh Literary Festival

The Khushwant Singh Literary Festival is held annually in Kasauli in October. It promotes the legacy of author, scholar, journalist and iconoclast Khushwant Singh by discussing the values for which he stood. The festival, launched in 2012, raises awareness around causes in which he believed. These include equal opportunities for women, Indo-Pakistan friendship and the preservation of ecology. 

Fareed Zakaria, Pavan K. Varma, Pico Iyer, Sudha Murthy and Vikram Seth are a few of the writers who have been part of the festival. Every instalment has sessions on ecology, and has thus far featured speakers such as Amitav Ghosh, Bittu Sahgal, Erling Kagge, Jairam Ramesh and Jono Lineen.

An off-shoot of the festival was started in London in 2019. It takes place in the spring of each year and has featured the likes of Imtiaz Dharker, Jane Goodall, Meghnad Desai, Mihir Bose and Shrabani Basu. 

While Kasauli is where Singh had a home and did a great deal of his writing, London is where he worked and studied. The city shaped many of his passions and concerns. Both the Kasauli and London editions of the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival were held online in 2020 and 2021. Profits from the festivals are ploughed back into initiatives that work for the betterment of the ecology and the education of the girl child. 

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