What is PILF?

Now in its seventh year (2019), PILF was mainly conceived and brought to life and sustained for all these years, by its founder director Dr. Manjiri Prabhu who herself is an author of 15 English novels to date.
PILF is a festival with a difference, which celebrates the written word in all forms and media. Over the last six years more than 700 eminent authors, speakers and creative personalities from different fields, have played an important part in raising the bar of the festival.
Some of the speakers over the years have been : Sudha Murthy, Shashi Tharoor, Narayana Murthy, Kiran Nagarkar, Maneka Gandhi, Jerry Pinto, Daniel Hahn, Dr. Roman Gerodimos, Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Shatrughan Sinha, Prasoon Joshi, Anupam Kher, Shobhaa De, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Ashok Chopra, Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra, Mansoor Khan, Bharat Dabholkar, Neil Hollander, Nancy Silberkleit (CEO Archie Comics), Helen Smith, Boyd Tonkin (Chair of Man Booker Prize), Alison Joseph, Asha Parekh, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and many more.

PILF Vision

To engage, explore and experiment with all forms and genres of the written word inspiring you to fall in love with the written word… and light the lamp of knowledge!

PILF Mission

To give Pune its first ever English literary festival. To create an exciting and interactive platform in Pune for writers, publishers and readers. To showcase talented authors/writers/creative personalities from all media and demystify the gloss around the creative word.

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