Seventh Edition

Vadodara: January 18 to 20, 2019

  • Marks the debut of ‘Indian Screenwriters’ Festival‘ – the first festival dedicated to all kinds of writing for films, TV and web-series. (In association with SWA).
  • Actor SwaraBhaskar indulges in a no-holds-barred conversation.
  • The festival is held at ‘Museum Square’ – a unique venue that is a century old abandoned industrial warehouse turned into an art museum, gallery and an art residency.
  • The festival also sees the continuation of Tabariya in a newer format, with more focus on Indian literature and performances.
  • Diverse performances include a contemporary rendering of Sufi trance, an English play Mohan’s Masala on Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy and Rock Dayro by Arvind Vegada and group.
  • ISF is received by a packed house. Sessions from morning to evening about film-making and writing for various genres.
  • Workshops on writing for films and Web Series.
  • Striking conversations with superhit Bollywood writers and directors SriramRaghavan and Abhishek Chaubey to name a few.
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Sixth Edition

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Vadodara: February 2 to 4, 2018

  • First edition of GLF in Vadodara is a smashing debut.
  • Tabariya gets a rousing welcome by city’s schools and parents with hearty participation in story-telling competitions.
  • Bollywood star VidyaBalan attends the festival for a cerebral candid chat with AnjumRajabali.
  • ‘India Today’ founder and media baron AroonPurie opens up about the challenges of managing a media empire.
  • Folk performance: A contemporary rendering of Dayro by DrRanjitVank, brings alive stories of love and valour from Saurashtra.
  • The first edition includes language sessions in Gujarati, English, Hindi, Urdu and Marathi.
  • Performance by young folk artist Aditya Gadhvi rocks the audience.

Fifth Edition

Ahmedabad: January 3 to 7, 2018

  • Historic moment! Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani reiterates unconditional support to GLF and promises to look into the issue of making Gujarati language compulsory in Gujarat’s schools.
  • Education minister BhupendraChudasama appoints a committee to execute GLF’s demands. The Gujarat Assembly in March 2018 unanimously passes a motion to make learning and teaching of Gujarati language compulsory in all schools.
  • Two new striking concepts – GLF Awards and Ink Tank are introduced.
  • GLF Awards: A unique set of awards to honour the leading lights of Gujarat’s literary scene – writers, editors, proof-readers, translators, designers and even publishers.
  • GLF InkTank: A platform to connect young minds with story ideas to publishers, who are always on a lookout for fresh writers.
  • Awards are given away in a high-profile event attended by Gujarat CM and Maharashtra Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis’ wife AmrutaFadnavis.
  • Introduction of Tabariya: Literature Festival for children and young adults.
  • Tabariya is an instant success with participation from multiple schools.
  • Seven art shows embedded in the venue, including a sculpture exhibition and multiple unique installations.
  • In partnership with Screenwriters Association, veteran film writers Ketan Mehta and RakeyshOmprakashMehra attend GLF.
  • Bestselling author DevduttPattanaik attends the festival as a speaker.
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Fourth Edition

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Ahmedabad: Dec 14 to 18, 2016

  • With the theme of humour, GLF comes out as a more mature and larger event.
  • Spread over five days, nearly 200 authors, scriptwriters, historians, academicians interact with local audiences and tourists in over 90 different events.
  • Best-selling national and international authors like Ashwin Sanghi, NamitaGokhale, NeelimaDalmiaAdhar, Divya Prakash Dubey and Zac O’ Yeah speak at the festival.
  • Partners with apex body of film writers – Screen Writers’ Association (SWA) of India – to bring the best of Bollywood writers to GLF.
  • Evening Cultural Events: Stellar debut of Gujarati band Inner Notes with Akha Bhagatna ‘Chhappa’.
  • Performance by celebrated Bollywood song-writer IrshadKamil’s band ‘Waahz’.
  • First of its kind Hindustani classical musical event at the Sabarmati Ashram performed by veteran singer Vidya Rao.
  • Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani visits the Festival for an inspiring speech.

Third Edition

Ahmedabad: Jan 8 to 10, 2016

  • The festival introduces a theme: Film is new literature.
  • GLF touches new heights. 175 Authors and Writers; Bollywood script-writers, lyricists, dramatists; 70+ discussions and debates, eight workshops; all of these in five different languages = another blockbuster edition of GLF.
  • Workshops for young writers by acclaimed Bollywood film writers and directors AnjumRajabali, SriramRaghavan, Varun Grover and Pan Nalin.
  • Over 40,000 visitors attend the Festival in three days.
  • Exhibition ‘Kanu’s Gandhi’, a collection of exclusive photographs of Gandhiji and a Photo exhibition of Gujarat’s veteran authors fuses arts with literature.
  • Multiple book releases: GLF is emerging as an event of choice for authors to release their books before the right audiences.
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Second Edition

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Ahmedabad: Jan 30 to Feb 01, 2015

  • Second year brought more diversity in content and languages. Sessions in Hindi, English, Urdu and Bengali are introduced.
  • Famous film script writer Abhijat Joshi debates ‘Gandhigiri’ with Rajmohan Gandhi.
  • Literary legend NiranjanBhagat comes on a public stage for the first time in recent years, for a debate.
  • Nationally acclaimed author Tarak Mehta attends the festival.
  • Authors Jay Vasavada, KajalOza Vaidya and Madhu Rye hold workshops to packed rooms in the festival.

First Edition

Ahmedabad: Jan 3 to 5, 2014

  • The first edition of the three-day festival focuses on Gujarati literature. Over 150 writers interact with over 7,000 youngsters and enthusiasts on and off the stage.
  • Playwright Saumya Joshi enthralls crowds with his poetry recitation.
  • A ‘court-martial’ of novelist and columnist KajalOza Vaidya and discussions with Bollywood writer and director Anand Gandhi leave audiences spell-bound.
  • The team of GLF 2014 coins the concept and term ‘Rock Dayro’ and introduce a fusion of traditional Gujarati form ‘Dayro’ with pop music. Artist Arvind Vegda performs this format on various national and international stages.
  • Half-a-dozen books are released during the three days of the festival.
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