Goan poetess participates in online literature festival to imbue thinkers from COVID-19

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Goa Khabar: Aiming to connect literateurs across the world, with an essence of inclusivity, Clips and pages launches the first-ever online literature fest, ‘E-lit’ on April 4, 2020.
The accessibility icon and well known author of Goa, Frederika Menezes joined this platform to permeate joy of writing and inclusivity across the country. She’d spoken on inclusivess and recited her poems about indomitable spirit.
Two times award winning journalist by Goa Government, Nibedita Sen who is also a fact checker went live on day one of the event to spread awareness about importance of fact checking. She mentioned, “This kind of a platform not only helps writers across the globe to connect but also share their literary views.”
 21-years-old author and festival founder Sukanya Basu Mallik said, ‘Our aim was to entertain and yet add value to the lives of those who are currently under home quarantine or lockdown. Literature makes life better and we wanted to resolve the bitterness that’s enveloping the world through the virus via literature. We’re  going to be there for the people until covid19 is gone and beyond. We’ve started it with women. We are hoping include male writers in future.”
The first chapter of the festival commenced on 4th April, 2020 with a session by award-winning war correspondent, Nibedita sen, on ‘Politicians as mass communicators’ followed by a session of Urdu poetry by a veterinary doctor and multilingual poet from Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Radhika Sharma which dealt with finding peace amidst chaos during the lockdown due to COVID 19 through literature.
Day 2 of the festival began with a beautiful session on finding peace of mind, called  ‘positivity hacks during the lockdown ‘ by the tarot card reader and chakra healer Sonam Chamaria. It was followed by a cinematic and tuneful evening session by a couple, the gorgeous Gopa Bhattacharjee and the melodious Shuvayu Bhattacharjee called ‘Poetic influence in cinema ‘.
The third day of the event includes masterclass on ‘What and why to read during quarantine’ by a blogger and founder of libroreviews, Anchal Rani. The line up for the rest of the festival consists of goan author, 40 years old  poet and artist Frederika Menzes from Goa who is suffering from cerebral palsy. There is also a licensed career counselor Tanisha Salma Venkai, professional graphic designer Samridhi Aneja from Punjab, bestselling author Devika Das, Suromita Roy from storytel India, Merril from Sheroes, Pune’s Rj Tejashri from Radiocity and many more.
Sukanya has not only taken it to her stride but also involved readers, writers and bloggers for their active participation. She feels that there is a need of involvement of young and experienced minds rather than some big sponsors.
 “We’re neither charging from our speakers nor from participants /viewers. Clips and pages runs completely on a voluntary basis .At clips and pages, we try to provide a common interactive online platform for young and experienced minds. We would loveto welcome if someone comes up for sponsoring our eventin futureto make it grand,” Sukanya said.
Clips and pages also conducted a contest based on audience interaction before the festival.  There were 100+ viewers and participants. Oiendrila Chakraborty from Aditya school won the prize. Speaking to the teenage writer we’ve found that the online page has not only opened a forum during this quarantine but also helped students to engage in refreshing literature.
“I will appear for my boards exam next year yet I like to contribute to this page. It makes me think differently, beyond the traditional routined syllabus. I never knew I could win this contest as there were many professional writers who’d participated. This has really boosted my confidence,” Oiendrila said.