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Ladakh Literature Festival

The first edition of the Ladakh Literature Festival (LLF) will be held from 29th to 31st, October, 2019. The Festival hopes to bring together writers from Ladakh as well as neighbouring areas in the Himalayas, and other parts of the world who have an interest in this region. The focus of the festival will be on Himalayan culture with a special emphasis on Ladakh’s history, philosophy, art and architecture, culinary traditions, travel, the environment and mountaineering. Ladakh’s unique position in the Himalayan world has been famously described in the title to Janet Rizvi’s book as at the “Crossroads of High Asia” (1983). For centuries, Ladakh has been a place for the transmission of goods and ideas from many different locations, hosting visitors from Srinagar to Samarkand, Lhasa to Banaras. Ladakh’s culture reflects this cosmopolitanism, intermixing indigenous ideas with all kinds of external elements that reflect on and talk about this part of the Himalayan world. This Literature Festival hopes to continue that story.
Highlights

LLF 2019

Panel discussions

Art Exhibitions

Bird Watching

Publication/ Report/Newsletter

Workshop output publication

Speakers

Performers & Speakers

Thupstan Paldan

Buddhist Scholar

Orijit Sen

Graphic Artist and Designer

Sonam Wangchok

Engineer, Innovator and Education Reformist

Dr. Ranjit Singh

IAS Retd., Environmental Expert

Rigzin Ladol

Musician and Singer

Smanla Dorje Nurboo

Town planner and filmmaker

Parvez Dewan

Former IAS officer, Founder indpaedia.com

Anjali Lal Gupta

Journalist

Preet Pal Singh,IFS

Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Ladakh

Anil Swarup

IAS (Rtd.)

Jigmet Angmo

First graphic novelist from Ladakh

Morup Namgyal

Folk Musician Composer and Dramatist

Dr. Mukul Srivastava

Professor & Writer

Dr. S.N. Sinha

Photojournalist

Rupashree Nanda

Journalist

Anuja Dasgupta

Visual Artist & Manager, Naropa Centre for Writing & Communication, Ladakh

Nilza Wangmo

Chef & Owner of Alchi Kitchen

Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan

Editor, Reach Ladakh

Yutaka Hirako

Architect, Conservationist & Writer

Kacho Asfandyar Khan Faridoon

Retired IAS Officer, poet and writer

Muhammad Sadiq Hardassi

Balti Writer & Scholar

Muhammad Shafi Sagar

Shina Writer and Scholar

Ashraf Ali Sagar

Urdu, Balti writer and poet

Rinchen Dolma

Writer, LEAD Fellow

Ghulam Qadir Zaki

Shina poet, Broadcaster, Qasida vocalist

Sibte Hassan Kaleem

Balti poet and broadcaster

Sudipto Mondal

Journalist

Muhammad Hussain Fayaz

Urdu, Purgi, Balti poet and broadcaster

Dr. Rigzin Chodon

Research Associate, LAMO

Tsewang Rigzin

Purgi, Ladakhi poet & Writer

Ghulam Murtaza Fazily

Journalist, Writer, Media and Social Researcher

Muhammad Ali Khumar

Urdu and Purgi Poet and Short Story Writer

Tsering Chosphel

Poet, Writer, Musician

Viraf Mehta

Social Anthropologist
Programme & Workshops

Schedule

  • Day 01
    (Program)
    29 Oct 2019
  • Day 02
    (Program)
    30 Oct 2019
  • Day 03
    (Program)
    31 Oct 2019
  • Day 01
    (Workshop)
    29 Oct 2019
  • Day 02
    (Workshop)
    30 Oct 2019
  • Day 03
    (Workshop)
    31 Oct 2019
Program Schedule for DAY 1: 29th October
Time Programs/Panel Discussions Speakers/Performers Venue
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Lhar-nga, a musical offering to the Gods Musicians and Singers, Cultural Academy Leh Palace
10:10 AM - 11:00 AM A Confluence of Music and Dance Rigzin Lhadol, Dance of Motion Academy, Shireen Fatimah
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM "Leh Palace witnessing change", a talk Ven. Thupstan Paldan
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Introducing the Ladakh Literature Festival Stanzin Lhadol (LAMO)
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Welcome address Mr. Saugat Biswas, IAS Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh
Inaugural address after Inauguration Chief Guest
12:50 PM - 01:00 PM Thank you note Sachin K Vaishya, IAS Dy. Com, Leh
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM LUNCH
3 Parallel Sessions
02:00 PM - 04:30 PM 1. Folk culture of Ladakh through Music and Films Grand Dragon Hotel
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Film screening; Kharyok Tashi Morup (LAMO)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM Voice of women within Folk songs Namgyal Angmo, Stanzin Sherab
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM Important women characters in Geysar Saga Kacho Isfandyar Khan
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM Folklores, stories and imagination for our future Padma Rigzin (M)
02:00 PM - 04:30 PM 2. Presentations on History and Archaeology of Ladakh Rigzin Chodon (M), P. Stobdan, Sonam, Spalzin, Nawang, Tsering Shakspo, Viraf Mehta LAMO Centre
02:00 PM - 04:30 PM 3. Art conservation and Heritage; a plenary discussion Dr. Sonam Wangchok (M), Yutaka LOTI, Noor Jahan, Sonam Gyatso Central Asian Museum
04:30 PM - 05:00 pm BREAK
05:00 PM - 05:45 PM Talk by Sh. Parvez Dewan author of “History of Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan” Parvez Dewan, IAS (Former IAS officer) Grand Dragon Hotel
05:50 PM- 06:45 PM "Not just a Civil Servant", A reading and one-on-one with the author Anil Swarup, IAS (Rtd.)
06:45 PM - 07:45 PM Lhu Soma; New Music from Ladakh Singers and Musicians from Ladakh
Workshop Schedule for DAY 1: 29th October
Time Programs/Panel Discussions Speakers/Performers Venue
02:30 PM - 05:00 PM Tell your story through new media-graphic and animation Jigmet Angmo (M), Orijit Sen, Kunga Thinley Ambedkar Library
A song to remember Tsewang Nurboo, Resonance Music Hub with specially abled kids of REWA Society Rewa Society
Learn Woodcut Print Chemat Dorjey, Tundup Dorjay Spindle Studio
History, Historians and Historiography EJM College District Library
Pinhole Camera Workshop, An exercise in understanding the optical phenomenon that makes us and our cameras see the world Anuja Dasgupta LAMO Centre
Live Canvas; Painting workshop Tashi Namgyal, Stanzin Wangyal Tsechu Lamo Art Gallery (TRC)
Program Schedule for DAY 2: 30th October
Time Programs/Panel Discussions Speakers/Performers Venue
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Remembering Tsechu Lamo; a reflection on gender issues in Ladakh Stanzin Tsewang (M), Stanzin Lhadol, Murup Namgyal, Kunzes Dolma (Daughter of Tsechu Lamo) Central Asian Museum
4 Parallel Sessions
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM 1. Scaling the Everest; In Conversation with women Everesters from Ladakh Thinles Choskit (M), Tsering Lhadol, Rigzin Angmo. Tsering Laskit, Stanzin Laskit, Rigzin Dolker Central Asian Museum
2. Presentations on Tracing the culinary evolution of Ladakh Rinchen Dolma (M), Dr. Tsewang Namgyal, Tashi Namgyal, Dr. Jigmet Yangchan, Chef Nilza Angmo Alchi Kitchen
3.1 Multilingual Mehfil-e-Mushaira, Ladakhi/Bhoti Balti, Purgi, Sheena Akhoon Basharat (Balti), Septay Hassan Kalim (Balti), Ven. Konchok Phandey (Bhoti), Dr. Jamyang Gyaltsen (Bhoti), Asgar Asvi (Sheena) Ghulam Kadir Zaki (Sheena), Mohd. Hussain Fayaz (Purgi), Tsewang Rigzin (Purgi) Central Asian Museum
3.2 Paper reading on different languages; Urdu, Sheena, Purgi, Balti, Bhoti, English G Murtaza Fazili (English), Mohd Shafi Sagaar (Sheena), Nasir-ud-Din Khafi (Purgi), Mohd. Sadiq Hardassi (Balti), Dr Jamyang Gyaltsen (Bhoti)
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM LUNCH Central Asian Museum
3 Parallel Sessions
02:00 PM - 03:30PM 1. Fiction Writers of Ladakh; A reflection on their journeys. Rigzin Wangmo (M), Abdul Ghani Sheikh, Lhundup Gyalpo, Namgyal Angmo Central Asian Museum
2. Art through New Media-graphic and animation Jigmet Angmo (M), Orijit Sen, Kunga Thinley, Tsetan Angmo, Dimple Bahl
3. Ladakhi Dictionaries Dr. Thupstan Nurboo (M) Ven. Chospel, Becky Norman, Diskit Dolma LAMO Centre
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM BREAK
2 Parallel Sessions
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 1. Role of films in society Smanla Dorje Nurboo (M), Stanzin Gya, T.Angdus, Puntsog Ladakhi Central Asian Museum
2. Role of theatre in society Mipham Otsal(M) Sonam Stobgais, Tsetan Angchuk
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM Urdu and Ladakh; Mushaira K Isfandyar Khan, Khayal Ladakhi, Nasir Khafi, Ashraf Sagar, Shafi Sagar, Khumar Tumaili, Ruhullah Ruhani Central Asian Museum
Workshop Schedule for Day 2: 30th October
Time Workshop Resource Person/s Venue
10:00AM - 1:00PM Tell your story through new media-graphic and animation Jigmet Angmo, Orijit Sen, Kunga Thinley Ambedkar Library
10:00 AM - 4:00PM A song to remember Tsewang Nurboo, Resonance Music Hub with specially abled kids of REWA Society Rewa Society
Learn Woodcut Print Chemat Dorjey, Tundup Dorjay Spindle Studio
History, Historians and Historiography EJM College District Library
Poetry Session- open mic selected students from across Ladakh Stanzin Laskyabs, Jamyang Gyaltsen, Sharon Govt. Girls School, Leh
Pinhole Camera Workshop, An exercise in understanding the optical phenomenon that makes us and our cameras see the world Anuja Dasgupta LAMO Centre
Live Canvas; Painting workshop Tashi Namgyal, Stanzin Wangyal LAMO Centre
Book Exhibitions and book reading EJM College District Library
Program Schedule for DAY 3: 31st October
Time Programs/Panel Discussions Speakers/Performers Venue
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM Journalism in the age of Fake News Murup Stanzin (M), Rupashree Nanda, Dr. Mukul Srivastava, Tashi Lundup Grand Dragon Hotel
11:10 AM - 11:50 PM Economics of Journalism Sonam Wangchuk (M), Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, S.N Sinha
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Gender and ethnic representation in the media Rinchen Angmo (M), Anjali Lal Gupta, Sudipto Mondal, Tsewang Rigzin
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM LUNCH
01:00 PM - 01:40 PM In conversation with the Environmental Expert Dr. Ranjit Singh Sajid Sultan IFS (M), Dr. Ranjit Singh
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM Modern Development and ecosystem services; a discussion Tsewang Namgyal (M), Otto Pfister, Preet Pal Singh, CCF, Sonam Wangchuk, Deskit Angmo
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM BREAK
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM Ladakh on the world Heritage map; a talk Jahnwij Sharma, Deputy Director ASI Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra (SSK)
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM Felicitation Ceremony Tourism Department, Leh
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM Theatrical performance; Balthouti Zongs Ranthang Theatre Group, Kargil
Workshop Schedule for DAY 3: 31st October
Time Programs/Panel Discussions Speakers/Performers Venue
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM Tell your story through new media-graphic and animation Jigmet Angmo, Orijit Sen, Kunga Thinley Ambedkar Library
A song to remember Tsewang Nurboo, Resonance Music Hub with specially abled kids of REWA Society Rewa Society
Learn Woodcut Print Chemat Dorjey, Tundup Dorjay Spindle Studio
History, Historians and Historiograph EJM College District Library
Pinhole Camera Workshop, An exercise in understanding the optical phenomenon that makes us and our cameras see the world Anuja Dasgupta LAMO Centre
Calligraphy; Bodyig, English and Urdu Chamspa Dorjay, Tsering Gurmet, Rinchen Dolma Shanti Stupa
Live Canvas; Painting workshop Tashi Namgyal, Stanzin Wangyal TRC
Book Exhibitions and book reading EJM College District Library
Where

Venues

LLF 2019 in Pictures

Day 1

Kids at the calligraphy workshop

@Leh Palace. Come and enjoy everything ladakhi over the next three days at venues all over leh town.

Art, Conservation & Heritage - A discussion (Central Asian Museum)


LLF 2019 in Pictures

Day 2

Ladakhi artists Chemat Dorjey and Tundup Churpon are conducting a three days workshop on woodcut printing at their Spindle Studio. They have created masterpieces with ice and snow in the past. The famous Ice Stupa and Ice Cafe are good examples of their skills and creativity. They trained young learners in the basics of woodcut printing. Its a three day workshop and the participation is overwhelming.

Live Canvas Panting workshop. Tashi Namgial and Stanzin Wangyal are conducting a Painting workshop at tsechu lamo art Gallery at TRC. Lovers of one of the most difficult form of painting are getting a chance to learn from best contemporary artists from Ladakh.

Presentation on tracing the culinary evolution of Ladakh by Rinchen Dolma as the moderator for the event, where Mr. Tashi Namgyal sharing his view on the importance of organic food. Dr. Jigmet Yangchan spoke about the impact of green revolution in Ladakh and Chef Nilza Angmo who runs Alchi Kitchen, a restaurant that serves Ladakhi dishes were also present. The event also witnessed a book launch of Dr. Tsewang Namgyal named, "Dhontang" meaning food in Ladakhi.


LLF 2019 in Pictures

Day 3

The attendees at our live canvas workshop came up with some beautiful creations. Here are some of them with their paintings along with @tashicoa and stanzin wangyal the artists who conducted the workshop.

“Economics of Journalism” with Sonam Wangchuk(mediator), Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and S.N Sinha Sonam Wangchuk is a Raymond Magsaysay awardee and founder of SECMOL school and HIAL university. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an Indian journalist, political commentator, author and a documentary film maker. S.N Sinha works for The Print newspaper, he has been working in the field of media and journalism for last 40 years. He showed his gratitude to see and talk to huge number of young participants in the session.

Sajid Sultan (IFoS) in conversation with environmental expert Dr M.K Rajitsinh, IAS Retd. Dr Rajitsinh talked about the drastic changes that took place in Ladakh in very short period of time. He visited Ladakh for the first time in 1958, and then again in 1970 that’s when he observered the tension of Chinese intrusion. He also observed the poaching of wildlife practiced by the armies. He at a party in Delhi talked to the Army general back then who on his call reinforce state wildlife law in army. “I am a firm believer that development and conservation can go together”, he said. In his first book “Beyond the Tiger” has a chapter which talks about how religious sentiments in Ladakh helped in conservation.

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