Ankur Warikoo Takes Center Stage at Chitkara Lit Fest’s Marquee Attraction

Chandigarh / Punjab Friday, 23rd February 2024

The Chitkara Lit Fest, a three-day event, continued to captivate attendees on its second day, presenting a vibrant tapestry of literary discussions and cultural exchanges. Renowned for its celebration of literature and ideas, the fest serves as a beacon of intellectual curiosity and creative expression, drawing participants from diverse backgrounds to engage in enriching conversations. 

Among the distinguished voices contributing to this dynamic dialogue was Ankur Warikoo, whose reflections shed light on the significance of this event. Renowned as a captivating speaker, innovative entrepreneur, and the author behind the acclaimed “Do Epic Shit,” Ankur Warikoo, with his multifaceted background and dynamic personality, enriched the festival’s ambiance, offering attendees a unique opportunity to glean insights from his diverse expertise and experiences. As he took the stage, Warikoo’s presence captivated the audience, igniting a fervour for exploration and discovery within the realm of literature, culture, and ideas.

Warikoo’s participation at the festival was characterised by infectious enthusiasm and a genuine eagerness to engage with fellow participants. Delving into the theme of relevance in the present digital age, he discussed the importance of reinventing oneself amidst the changing landscape, emphasising the role of digitalization, social media, and evolving technologies in shaping modern narratives.

In particular, Warikoo’s contributions to discussions surrounding India’s digital landscape resonated deeply with the audience. He remarked on the festival’s unique ability to explore the ever-evolving technological terrain of the nation, highlighting the fascinating intersections between technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship. However, amidst the exploration of modern advancements, Warikoo underscored the enduring importance of storytelling and literature. He eloquently articulated how literature serves as a powerful medium for connecting individuals on a profound level, fostering empathy, and promoting understanding.

Expressing heartfelt appreciation for the festival’s organisers and attendees, Warikoo recognised the vital role of such gatherings in nurturing intellectual curiosity and creative expression. He commended Chitkara University for its unwavering commitment to fostering intellectual discourse and celebrating the transformative power of literature and ideas.

As day two drew to a close, Warikoo’s reflections served as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of the Chitkara Lit Fest. He concluded by emphasising that the festival is not merely a gathering of minds but a celebration of the human spirit—a testament to our shared quest for knowledge and understanding. 

Additionally, the fest featured notable personalities such as Zac O’Yeah, renowned for his contributions to literature and cultural commentary, Mahek Mirza Prabhu and Rochelle Potkar, distinguished for their unique storytelling styles, who are celebrated voices in the realm of spoken word. Lady Kishwar Desai, a stalwart in the realm of literature and history preservation, enriched the festival with her unwavering commitment to chronicling and safeguarding cultural narratives, particularly through her pioneering work with the Partition Museum, and The Nayab Show, a captivating fusion of performance art and storytelling that enthralled audiences with its innovative approach to narrative expression. 

Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, aptly articulated Ankur Warikoo’s profound impact on the Chitkara Lit Fest, stating, “Ankur Warikoo’s participation epitomises the ethos of our festival—an exploration of the human condition through literature and intellectual discourse. His insights resonate profoundly with our theme of adapting to the digital era. Through his articulate discussions, Ankur has not only deepened our understanding of the nexus between technology and literature but has also instilled in us a renewed appreciation for the power of storytelling. He embodies the spirit of inquiry and intellectual curiosity that defines the Chitkara Lit Fest, reminding us that literature serves not only as a mirror to our humanity but also as a catalyst for innovation and connectivity.” Ankur Warikoo’s participation serves as a testament to the festival’s commitment to hosting influential voices that inspire and engage.

The events of the third and last day of Chitkara Lit Fest 2024 will be held at Chitkara International School campus, Sector 25, Chandigarh, featuring filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, renowned for his storytelling and thought-provoking speeches, renowned Bollywood actor Ashish Vidyarthi and experts on Indian mythology writer Akshat Gupta.