Welcome To LIT.MUS, 2014
EXPERIENCE literature in various forms. MEET the men and women of letters who push the envelope.

LIT.MUS is a contemporary lit-fest that celebrates the changing nature of literature today. It’s where you can expect to meet graphic novelists, scriptwriters, new media innovators, performance poets and other interesting people in a fun, relaxed space.

From books about music to erotica, queer lit, video poetry, a bilingual lit marathon and more, join us in our many interpretations of the word at LIT.MUS, 2014!

35 Speakers
12 Sessions
3 Peformances

Anand Gandhi Rishad Saam Mehta Karthika V K Rakesh Khanna
Sidharth Bhatia Ellen Kombiyil Lawrence Liang R. Sriram
Namita Malhotra Pratheek Thomas Shikha Malaviya Rahul Soni
Samhita Arni Joshua Muyiwa Divya Dubey Gitanjali Dang
Vikram Sampath Vishwajyoti Ghosh Rosalyn D'Mello Appupen
Omair Ahmad Paromita Vohra Anusha Yadav Nagaraj Vastarey
Jai Arjun Singh Meenakshi Bharat Minal Hajratwala Mounesh Badiger
Vasudhendra Ashvin Kumar Mita Kapur Achal Prabhala
Arshia Sattar Chetana Thirthahalli Indira Chandrasekhar Ashim Ahluwalia

A big congratulations to the whole 'For Young India' team, for organising the festival so efficiently. I had a very nice time and hope to be associated with it in the future too.
– Jai Arjun, Blogger, critic, writer

Congratulations on having organized such a wonderful literature festival. It was a pleasure to be a part of it.
– Divya Dubey, Publisher and Creative writing instructor

Had a lovely time and loved how eclectic the panels were! Kudos to the team @ For Young India! Look forward to many more LIT.MUS events!
– Shikha Malaviya, poet, co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Project

It was a lovely festival & I'm delighted to have been here. Look forward to many more!
– Karthika V K, Publisher and Chief Editor, HarperCollins Publishers India

It was a pleasure being at LIT.MUS '14. Thanks to the team for the superlative experience.
– Meenakshi Bharat, Teacher, Writer, Translator, Critic and Editor

You guys put up an excellent show. I congratulate you for your innovative ideas and curating a fest which has a terrific future.
– Sidharth Bhatia, Author of 'Amar, Akbar, Anthony' and 'India Psychedelic'

Loved the festival…amazingly organised and well curated.
– Mita Kapur, CEO, Siyahi

The event was a terrific team effort, and organized flawlessly. I look forward to more great events with LIT.MUS.
– Ellen Kombiyil, poet, writer and writing teacher

My best wishes on making LIT.MUS a permanent and much awaited feature of Bangalore's cultural calendar.
– R. Sriram, Founder Crossword Bookstores and Co-founder Next Practice Retail

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and had a most positive time at the festival. Next time, I'll bring my cat back in the photo!
– Indira Chandrasekhar, Researcher, Writer & Founding Editor of Out of Print

Thank you for getting me to the awesome fest. Cheers to more!!
– Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Graphic novelist, cartoonist and columnist

“Literature is changing and becoming multi-dimensional even as you read this on a medium that did not exist until a few decades ago. LIT.MUS celebrates traditional and new forms of text; it embraces new media, explores emerging genres and showcases a diverse literary palette in a casual, non-traditional space.” -Janhavi Acharekar
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Janhavi Acharekar

Janhavi Acharekar is a writer based in Mumbai and occasional curator of literary festivals. In the past, she has curated and co-curated the Crossword Literature Festival and the Kala Ghoda lit fest, among others. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Window Seat: Rush-hour stories from the city (HarperCollins India, 2009), and travel guide Moon Mumbai & Goa (Avalon, 2009), the first Indian destination guide published by the American travel book series Moon Handbooks.

Janhavi’s writings feature in various short fiction anthologies and her features on travel, books and the arts appear in leading Indian and international publications. She was awarded the Charles Wallace Visiting Writer’s Fellowship at the University of Stirling (Scotland), was an international writer-in-residence at Hald Hovedgaard (Denmark) and a Sangam House Fellow (Pondicherry). She is a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller India.



Experience the literature marathon as it unfurled


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Welcome to LIT.MUS, 2014.

LIT.MUS, a contemporary lit fest for the new age reader makes its debut this May in India's tech capital Bengaluru. It is spread over 12 sessions and held at an informal venue on a weekend.

Medium agnostic, edgy, compelling writing forms the core of this lit fest. It acknowledges the interaction of literature with diverse media and disciplines in a casual environment.

Says curator and author, Janhavi Acharekar, “Literature is changing and becoming multi-dimensional even as you read this on a medium that did not exist until a few decades ago. LIT.MUS celebrates traditional and new forms of text; it embraces new media, explores emerging genres and showcases a diverse literary palette in a casual, non-traditional space.”

Rahul Soni, writer, editor and translator, seconds that and says, “LIT.MUS seems like a necessary intervention in the burgeoning literary festival scene in India. It's time to move beyond familiar formats and faces, and reach out to (and engage with, and create) newer audiences in newer ways - a vital readership is essential for a vital literature fest.”

Sidharth Bhatia, Anand Gandhi, Samhita Arni, Vikram Sampath, Omair Ahmad, Jai Arjun Singh, Vasudhendra, are some of the authors, film makers, graphic novelists, travel writers who are enthusiastic participants at LIT.MUS.

So what can you expect? Books about music, literary e-zines and video poetry; genres such as LGBT writing and translated pulp fiction. LIT.MUS is a reflection of the changes that are taking place in reading and publishing, together with the growing power of the internet and other media.

Date: 3rd and 4th May, 2014. Venue: CounterCulture, Whitefield , Bengaluru
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Venue: CounterCulture, Whitefield, Bengaluru

DAY 1: 3rd May, 2014

Opening Evening
6.30 pm to 7 pm

Sidharth Bhatia, author of ‘India Psychedelic: The story of a rocking generation’, in conversation with Jai Arjun Singh about one rocking generation…and the next.


7.15 to 7.25 pm

A four-member band based between New Delhi and San Francisco, Peter Cat Recording Co.’s style is inspired by 60s/ 70s Bollywood music, 50s American Big Band and Ballroom Waltz.


7.30 pm to 8.15 pm

How has literature turned psychedelic? How has it embraced new media? Which are the emerging genres?
Mita Kapur, V.K. Karthika, R. Sriram and Jai Arjun Singh look at the changes taking place in reading, writing and publishing today.


8.30 pm onwards

DAY 2: 4th May, 2014

9.30 am to 10.15 am

Creating an ocean of stories. Including yours.

Session 1
10.30 am to 11.15 am

Appupen, Samhita Arni and Vishwajyoti Ghosh in conversation with Pratheek Thomas about how the graphic novel is weaving rich, new narratives.

Session 2
11.30 am to 12.15 pm

Sidharth Bhatia and Vikram Sampath discuss books, music and books about music.

Session 3
PHUBBING: The rise of the literary e-zine
12.30 pm to 1.15 pm

Indira Chandrasekhar and Rahul Soni in conversation with Divya Dubey about reading literary journals on the internet. Or on your phone.

PERFORMANCE by Two Halves and a Man
1.30 pm to 1.45 pm

Session 4
1.45 pm to 2.30 pm

Omair Ahmad and Rishad Saam Mehta share their travel diaries and stories from the road with the audience.

Session 5
2.45 pm to 3.30 pm

Anusha Yadav, Namita Malhotra and Lawrence Liang speak with Gitanjali Dang about the Indian Memory Project, Peaking Duck, online libraries and new forms of text.

Session 6
3.45 pm to 4.30 pm

Anand Gandhi, Ashim Ahluwalia, Paromita Vohra and Ashvin Kumar speak about writing the film script.

PERFORMANCE by Anand Vijayasimha
4.45 pm to 5 pm

Session 7
5 pm to 5.45 pm

Rosalyn D’Mello, Vasudhendra and Rakesh Khanna tell Achal Prabhala what it means to write erotica, introduce LGBT issues in Kannada literature, and translate pulp fiction.

Session 8
REFLECTING THE TIMES: Terror and Technology, Money and Mythology.
6 pm to 6.45 pm

Meenakshi Bharat and Arshia Sattar discuss why their books, a reflection of the times - past and present - are so relevant today.

Session 9
7 pm to 7.40 pm

Arshia Sattar, Lawrence Liang, Omair Ahmad and others discuss what freedoms of speech and expression mean to them and to society as a whole. An engagement with the audience.

Session 10
7.45 pm to 8.45 pm

Writers, poets and performance poets from the city read from, perform or screen their pieces in a bilingual marathon session. Lit.mus 2014 concludes with Joshua Muyiwa, Mounesh Badiger, Nagaraj Vastarey, The Great Indian Poetry Collective (Ellen Kombiyil, Minal Hajratwala, Shikha Malaviya),Indira Chandrasekhar and the Videopoetry Collective.


CounterCulture, Whitefield, Bangalore


Friends of the festival
Arshia Sattar | Sarita Vellani | R. Sriram | Vivek Shanbag | Vanessa D'Souza | Bipin Kumar
Content-ed | Kruti Saraiya | Anil Nair | Amitha Madan | Pallavi Jayaprakash | Suraj Prakash | Creative Arena
Sandeep Sahoo | Ranjan Pathak | Suman Puri | Kunal Anand | Antima Nahar | Mad Inc | Aditi Raval

The Last WORD

FYI (For Young India), aims to create meaningful experiences for the young Indian. We understand the importance of well-curated, critical content and its impact and strive consistently to benchmark the same. We believe in the power of the digital medium and are excited by the vast array of possibilities that it throws up.

As a team we stand for experiential engagements and platforms that highlight cutting edge work. We are constantly working towards creating such relevant forums of exchange.

LIT.MUS is one such.

We look forward to your presence at and feedback of the event.

To know more visit : www.foryoungindia.com