Event Schedule

Inauguration of Ladakh Literature Festival 2020

    Thursday,10th Dec 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Opening ceremony of Ladakh Literature Festival 2020.

At the Crossroads of the Silk Route

  • Thursday,10th Dec 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Janet Rizvi is the renowned author of 'Ladakh - Crossroads of High Asia', 'Trans-Himalayan Caravans: Merchant Princes and Peasant Traders in Ladakh' and 'Pashmina - The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond'. In conversation with Monisha Ahmed, she will talk about the important position Ladakh held in the high Himalayas and the network of trade routes that passed through the region. As a conduit to the Silk Route, Ladakh hosted traders from many different locations and Janet Rizvi will reflect on the diverse cultures they brought into Ladakh as well as the exchange of goods and ideas that took place. Living in Ladakh in the late 70s, she was also fortunate to meet some of the traders and will reminisce about them and her time there

Monisha Ahmed in conversation with Janet Rizvi

The Anarchy:The East India Company,Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of An Empire

  • Thursday,10th Dec 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Join us for a session with William Dalrymple, as he speaks about the relentless rise of the East India Company in the backdrop of a crumbling Mughal Empire, and talks about the East India Company as essentially a fore runner to the modern multinational companies.

William Dalrymple

Ancient Futures: Learnings from Ladakh

  • Thursday,10th Dec 1:30 pm - 2:15 psm

In conversation with Helena Norberg Hodge on her book 'Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh'

Rigzin Chodon in conversation with Helena Norberg.

Mental Health

  • Thursday,10th Dec 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

An online discussion with Shaheen Bhatt and Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava, two wonderful and different authors, where they share their perspective on mental health through books they have authored and also their own personal dealings with it.

Tenzin Jamphel in conversation with Shaheen Bhatt and Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava.

Mindful Journeys: Extraordinary experiences; Outer and Inner

  • Thursday,10th Dec 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Shantum Seth leads BuddhaPath journeys In the Footsteps of the Buddha; to places of significance in Buddha’s life and culture, in India and other parts of Asia. David Michie leads Mindful Safaris to the African bush and Victoria Falls. Both integrate formal meditation sessions and teachings as part of these unique pilgrimages. In this session they describe the journeys they lead, outer and inner, and the impact on those who travel with them. They will end their session with offering short meditations.

David Michie, Shantum Seth

The Importance of Kargil as a Trade Center on the Historic Silk Route

  • Thursday,10th Dec 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

The interview will feature information on reasons why Kargil remained an important trade centre when the trading of merchandise among different neighbouring regions was at its peak. It will also highlight its importance as a trade centre located at an equidistant position from the neighbouring regions of Leh, Srinagar, Skardu and Zanskar.

Nasiruddin Khafee in conversation with Ajaz Hussain Munshi and Muhammad Sadiq Hardassi.

Legacy of Late Sh. Tashi Rabgyas, an Eminent Ladakhi scholar

  • Thursday,10th Dec 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a Ladakhi session on “the Legacy of Tashi Rabgyas”, a man with a versatile mind and a great contemporary scholar, historian of Ladakh, who has inspired many youth in upholding traditional knowledge systems of Ladakh. Renowned speakers like Ladakhi writer and cultural activist, Sh. Nawang Tsering Shakspo and icon of Ladakhi folk music, Padmashree Morup Namgyal will talk on how Tashi Ragyas emerged as a literary figure of Ladakh and his contributions to Ladakhi language, history and folk songs and many more. They will also shed light on their personal association with Tashi Ragyas who has inspired them becoming a legend of Ladakhi folk song.

Rinchen Angmo in conversation with Sh Nawang Tsering Shakspo and Sh Murup Namgial

Geology in the Himalayas

    Friday,11th Dec 11:00 am - 11:45 am

There is something fascinating about the Ladakh region other than its disarming beauty, warm people, and its glorious skies and sunshine. The tranquil landscape upon which the region rests has been created by unimaginable geological forces which got raised from an ancient seafloor to this majestic height and has been over millions of years in the making. Three professors of geology and paleontology - Nigel Hughes, Neptune Srimal, and Rajeev Patnaik will be in conversation with author Pranay Lal, and take the listener on a journey of Ladakh’s geological history. Together they will tell stories about its deep ecological past through rock and fossil records, and anecdotes of discoveries they have made over the past three decades.

Pranay Lal in conversation with Nigel Hughes, Neptune Srimal and Rajeev Patnaik

Wild Himalaya

  • Friday,11th Dec 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Stephen Alter talks about his book, 'Wild Himalaya', one of the definitive guides to the natural history of the greatest mountain ranges on Earth.

Stephen Alter

Into the Heart of the Himalayas

  • Friday,11th Dec 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

After the untimely death of his brother, Jono Lineen undertook a 27,000 km solo trek across the Himalayas, crossing Pakistan and India, including around 8 years in Ladakh. Today, he speaks about his book, Into the Heart of the Himalayas, and his time in Ladakh.

Tony Wheeler in conversation with Jono Lineen

Himalayan Journeys

  • Friday,11th Dec 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Our panel today includes authors who all have a great love for the Himalayas. Join us for an exciting talk as Garry, Jono, and Tony take us on their respective journeys across the Himalayas.

Tsewang Motup in conversation with Garry Weare, Tony Wheeler and Jono Lineen.

When Men and Mountains Meet

  • Friday,11th Dec 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

When Men and Mountains Meet - an on line discussion between the revered author John Keay and James Crowden about the 19th century travellers who explored and mapped Ladakh and the Western Himalaya. Men like William Moorcroft and George Trebeck, Thomas Thomson and Alexander Cunningham and many more... including Csoma de Koros who lived in Zangskar for a winter and produced the first Tibetan English dictionary. They were all entranced by the Kingdom of Ladakh, its values and history.

James Crowden in conversation with John Keay .

The Frozen River: Seeking Silence in the Himalaya

  • Friday,11th Dec 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

In conversation with James Crowden who walked on the Chadar, The Frozen River from Padum to Leh & back in January'77. In 1976, he travelled to Ladakh after quitting the army. Mesmerised & intrigued by the people of this isolated region and how they survive the harsh winters, James came back to spend the winter of '76-'77 in Zanskar, landlocked & completely cut off from the rest of the region.

Omyer Lassu in conversation with James Crowden

A Magical Evening for children

  • Friday,11th Dec 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a magical evening with Zeeny Jhelumi, with a puppet show of Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', and a storytelling session from her bestselling childrens' book ' The Boy Who Stole the Moon'.

Zeeny Jhelumi

Emerging Literature of Ladakh

  • Friday,11th Dec 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Dedicated to the ‘Emerging Literature of Ladakh’, this multi-lingual panel in Ladakhi, Hindi and English language commemorates the genre of poetry, novel and literature of and about the region.

Rigzin Chosdon in conversation with Smt. Tsering Chorol and Ven. Tsering Chosphel

Kargil- A typical example of communal harmony

  • Friday,11th Dec 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm

An interesting discussion which emphasizes the strong bonds of centuries old communal harmony between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Ladakh. Also highlighted are Hindu and Sikh families in Kargil who live in complete unison with their muslim brethren

Tsewang Rigzin in conversation with Manjeet Singh, Bashir Ahmad Wafa and Muhammad Shafi Sagar.

Politics and the Art of Non Fiction

    Saturday,12th Dec 11:00 am - 11:30 am

How do you objectively write about political events and political figures? Speaking to acclaimed writer Vinay Sitapati, author of Half-Lion, The Man who remade India, and recently Jugalbandi:The BJP before Modi, we seek to understand the process of accurately chronicling key events in modern and contemporary history.

Rinchen Norboo in conversation with Vinay Sitapati

Astronomy in Ladakh: A Lens on both the Sky and the Ground

  • Saturday,12th Dec 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Join Raghu and Anmol as they converse on astronomy, and Ladakh, and the astronomical efforts in context of the current tensions at the border.

Padma Rigzin in conversation with Raghu Karnad and Anmol Tikoo

The Ideal of Lightness

  • Saturday,12th Dec 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Four writers in conversation about literature's powers of reflection, memory, hurt and healing.

Supriya Nair in conversation with Rehana Munir, Jane Borges, Amrita Mahale and Anukrti Upadhyay

Writing on Partition: Memory and Longing

  • Saturday,12th Dec 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In this panel, writers Aanchal Malhotra and Karuna Ezara Parikh talk about the Partition, memories that linger and the people who live in aftermath of the largest mass migration in the history of human existence. Similarities that make us human and man-made divisions, that induce longing, friendships, love and also about memories passed on by people and material objects that survived to tell the tale.

Resh Susan in conversation with Karuna Ezra and Aanchal Malhotra .

Unfamiliar Trails- Women Writers on Travel Writing

  • Saturday,12th Dec 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

A session that explores travel writing through the literary journeys of three celebrated authors, entwined with ideas of history, geography and identity.

Rehana Munir in conversation with Taran Khan, Alice Albinia , Shubangi Swarup.

Running towards Mystery

  • Saturday,12th Dec 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

In a candid conversation with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi about his book, 'Running Towards Mystery', and on issues of modern day living in the context of Buddhist teachings.

Rigzin Samphel, IAS in conversation with Ven.Tenzin Priyadarshi

Ladakhi Folklore and Oral Traditions

  • Saturday,12th Dec 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Oral tradition plays an important role in Ladakhi society. It can be seen celebrated throughout  Ladakh in the form of music, dance, fables, songs, proverbs, stories, narrations of poetic epics. Storytelling has always been an important winter activity in Ladakh. Our panelists will present a range of topics including the forms of oral narratives of Ladakh, importance of storytelling, interplay of oral narratives in the present socio-political sphere with themes ranging from nationalism, climate change and the impact of unsustainable development.

Dr. Disket Angmo in conversation with Gen Thupstan Paldan, Sh Tsering Norboo Martse and Sh Padma Rigzin.

Changing Patterns of Traditional Festivals and Sports in Kargil

  • Saturday,12th Dec 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us in a discussion with panelists from Kargil, as they talk about the changes that have occured in the traditional festivals and sports like Polo and Archery over the course of several decades, and the influence that outside interactions have had in these.

Mukhtar Zahid Badgami in conversation with Kacho Gulzar Hussain Khan, Skarma Jungly, Muhammad Issa Sabiri.

Ladakhi Folk Songs.

  • Saturday,12th Dec 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm

This session is dedicated to shed light on the intangible heritage of traditional folk songs presented by music icons of Ladakh. The speakers are Surna icon Ali Mohd, folk song collector Tsering Sonam, Padma Shree Morup Namgyal, and is moderated by Miss Namgyal Angmo, who will also present a short talk on Dissent in Balti Ghazals.

Namgyal Angmo in conversation with Sh Morup Namgyal, Sh Tsering Sonam, Sh Ali Mohd