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YAYAVAR in English means “THE WANDERER"

Wanderers don't just move in desperation in hot long deserts. They move in hope as well. Hope to get pearls out of their dives in the deep blue oceans. The pearl of words from the oceans of mind. Awakening of hopes within, sometimes brings struggle with it, and when struggle/search begins, destinations come looking for the wanderers. A handful of such optimistic mystics started their journey of creativity from the homes of their introspection. Belongings were just some feelings coming out of their own shadows of life. These wanderers desired to create pearls of words from their own intensity and words started getting assembled into beautiful form of literature and art. We, as a team have just gathered these wanderers at one place-our FESTIVAL that’s the reason behind the title of this "Jammu Literary Festival." We are optimistic that the journey of all these mystic wanderers will touch another milestone with this festival before moving ahead.

Get introduced to the name YAYAVAR in Hindi

यायावर किसी लम्बे तड़पते रेगिस्तान की भटकना नहीं, यायावर एक उम्मीद है। गहरे सिंधु में गोते लगाते हुए शब्दों के मोती लाने की उम्मीद। उम्मीद जगती है तो संघर्ष भी होता है और संघर्ष होता है तो मंज़िले भी मिलती हैं। कुछ ऐसे ही लोग संघर्ष की इस यात्रा पर अपने अपने घरों से निकले। हृदय में कुछ भाव थे और अंतरमन में कुछ पीड़ा। अपनी पीड़ा को तराश कर वो समस्त जौहरी हीरे बनाना चाहते थे। शब्दों के हीरे। कविताओं की माला। हमनें केवल उन जौहरीयों को एक स्थान पर निकट लाने की परिकल्पना की है। यही कारण है कि इस जम्मू लिटररी फेस्टिवल का नाम भी यायावर ही रखा गया है। आशा करते हैं कि यह समस्त यायावर मिलकर एक खूबसूरत आशियाने को जन्म देंगे।

Pre Event Dinner

The perfect & mandatory, pre-event Wine & Dine to meet the authors, speakers & Panelists!
Because Food fuels up the energies & flags off the event on a high cheerful note.

Inaugural Session

Invoking the Goddess Saraswati by Ceremonial Lamp Lighting.
Welcome Address by: Nupur Sandhu (Festival Director)

Kathak Performance

“Shunyata mein Ananta”

A Kathak adaptation of the essence of novel “Numi; The Guarded Loop” by Nupur Sandhu. Choreographed and curated by Sanchita Abrol, this dance drama unravels the mystical circle of life, wherein alien souls realise their surreal bond. The interlude between the conscious and subconscious modalities explore the state of ‘Antarabhava’ amongst human existence.  Finding immense refuge in the healing powers of the universe, it is this revelation that creates the experience of eternal endless bliss and hence the birth of YAYAVAR.

Poetic Flavour

A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.
That’s the beauty of Poets and what good is a literary event without the sweet & sour flavor of Poetry. 

Rotary Club Night

Mega Night with eminent personalities at Rotary club Jalandhar. Cherries on the cake were beautiful, energetic and soulful performances by Anirban Bhattacharya and Shwetima Jamwal

Inaugration Time

Invoking the Goddess Saraswati, Seeking Blessings by Ceremonial Lamp Lighting.
Welcome Address by: Nupur Sandhu (Founder President of YAYAVAR)

Poets & Speakers

Immerse yourself in the infinite ocean of
knowledge when speakers of different walks
of life pursuing different directions,
come together on a same platform
and share their experience.

Yayavar is a literary organisation in its pioneering years. It looks forward to showcase new and seasoned authors who exhibit a passion for literature through Literary events and festivals.
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