PARALLEL LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Organised by Progressive Writers Association Rajasthan
PLF is an initiative of Rajasthan Progressive Writers Association. It is organized with the help of writers, artists,
common people and public organisations, so it's a very different Literary festival among the so called Lit-Fests. It is against corporatization andmarketing of Literature, art and culture.
PLF is a festival of Hindi and Indian languages' own literature, art and culture; not an English dominated western culture centric Lit-Fest.
Its aim is bridging the gap of literature and common man. PLF is meant to bring the best Hindi and Indian language writers and literature to the people and readers.
PLF is festival of celebration of creativity and creation, not as a market centric product.It is a festival for creating a writer as celebrity, not to showcase celebrity as a writer.
PLF is a festival of concerns of writers, books, arts and artists; not a fair ofdecorative items, fashionable clothing and cuisine.
Why Parallel ?
When literature, arts and culture is converted as an attractive product by market forces, a stream flows to its parallel. The parallel movement in history started in France, when there was no space for common artists to display their art work in galleries due to immense hike in rental fee; then artists started a parallel movement to exhibit art on the streets, footpaths and public space. Such movements are very common in world's art, culture and literature fields, as you have seen in street play, poetry recital-literary readings in public, even in Indian Bangla Cinema and Hindi literature. PLF is an extension of such great movements with the help of common man and institutions of great concerns. We don't seek any kind of help or support from tobacco-liquor-gutkha producing companies and tinted institutions/corporate houses.
About PWA (Progressive Writers Association)
To oppose imperialism and promote progressive-humanist values in literature, Sajjad Zaheer and Mukraj Anand with other writers founded PWA in 1935 in London. It's first convention was held in 1936 in Lucknow and it was presided by the great hindi writer Munshi Premchand. Top-most writers of Indian writers have been associated with PWA, to name a few stalwarts of the progressive movement we can proudly anoounce, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Manto, Ali Sardar Jafri, Wamik Jaunpuri, Shailendra, Sahir Ludhiyanavi, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Ismat Chughtai, Kaifi Aazmi, Krishna Chander, Amrita Preetam, Balraj Sahni, Bhishm Sahni, Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma, Rahul Sankrityayan, Majaz Lakhnavi, Kedar Nath Agrawal and so on, there is an un-ending list of progressive writers in Indian languages.
In Rajasthan thers is a great tradition of Progressive Writers movement before formation of RPWA in 1972.
JANUARY 2019Ravindra Manch, Ram Nivas Garden, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302003