ILF Samanvay, IHC’s Indian Languages Festival, began its journey in 2011. An exclusive Indian Languages Festival, it was begun to provide a unique and dedicated platform to Indian Literature, a space that was shrinking even as the number of literature festivals were multiplying exponentially.
Unequivocally declaring its vision as a Samanvay to bring together and connect “the many glories and diversities of India as reflected in its plentisome tongues,” (ILF Samanvay Vision, 2015), It aims to become a seminal space for critical thinking on language, literature, arts, & various emerging streams of knowledge and creativity.
ILF Samanvay takes up a specific theme every year, and also chooses focal languages drawn from different regions of the country. This is to ensure the continuity of cultural experience on the one hand, and to enable democratic representation of the country’s diverse linguistic fields within the frame of the festival. Efforts are made to interpret and translate the theme in all its nuances through the sessions of the festival, even as they expand the mandate of ILF Samanvay, in terms of re-understanding ‘language’ in the fast-changing Indian context. Over the years, we have had the privilege of hosting some of the best minds in an amazing lineup of outstanding authors from across the country. Incisive, informed and inspiring sessions devised by wonderful curators, driven and passionate in their commitment.