It is important to have such festivals around the country because it gives everyone access to such events, says R Sriram in Forbes India
The literature section of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival happened in 2005. [KGAF is an annual festival in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai.] I was asked by the organisers to curate it. KGAF was already in existence, but in public consciousness, it was more a street and performing arts fest. So we wanted the literature section to reflect that. It had to be accessible, open to all, multilingual (English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi among other languages), a hub of familiar as well as unfamiliar faces, a mix of modern and traditional authors.Over the years, it became a platform for new and established writers. We did a host of activities, from book readings and discussions to workshops for aspiring writers. All genres, from fiction and poetry to children’s books and screenwriting, were addressed. A major challenge was that we had to organise an eight-day festival on a very small budget. We’d wanted it to be spread across Mumbai, but it was restricted by geography since it was, after all, the Kala Ghoda Festival.