The commercial capital of India shall witness Asia’s first non-fiction festival called the India Non Fiction Festival. Centered on the theme, Be Bold Stay Real, the festival will deal primarily with non- fiction writing and will see experts across sectors come together to disseminate their wisdom and insights. The event makes its first appearance in Mumbai at the Nehru Centre at Worli from the 21 to 23rd June 2013.

The non-fiction festival caters to a vast range of genres such as business, management, leadership, health, fitness, media, cinema, cookery, lifestyle, politics, economics, globalization etc. The festival’s format consists of parallel sessions in two conference halls consisting of engaging panel discussions, interesting keynotes and one on one conversation with eminent authors; another hall will be accessible with books for sale and book signing sessions.

Amongst the authors and writers conducting the sessions are Indian mythology guru Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik, sports writer Mr. Makarand Waingankar, director Mr. Sanjay Gadhvi, experts Mr. R Jagannathan, Mr. Vivek Dehejia and Ms. Rupa Subramanya, Mr. Roy Wadia, the ex- police commissioner of Mumbai, Mr. D Sivanandan,  social commentator Mr. Santosh Desai along with other renowned non- fiction personalities.

Among the books to be launched will be, My Stroke of Luck by author Mr. Vijay Santhanam, which will be launched by Mr. Gautam Kiyawat, CEO Madison Media & RK, Neo Sports and Directors Cut: 50 Major Filmmakers of the Modern Era by the author Mr. K Raghavendra which will be launched by renowned director Mr. Mahesh Bhatt.

Speaking about the occasion Kumaar Bagrodia, Festival Director, India Non Fiction Festival said, “I have always been a great enthusiast of non-fiction as this is the format that mirrors real life happenings, circumstances; connecting the reader to reality. Formerly, there was no festival solely dedicated to non-fiction works and so I decided to give the genre its due and share it with the citizens of Mumbai. The festival is a culmination of all our efforts and love for the genre and I would like to thank our partners and speakers for making it possible. We are very excited and eager to see the response of our festival among our visitors.”

“I feel that this first serious attempt for a Non-Fiction festival must be lauded and encouraged. I’m sure this is something the academic community and non-fiction writers should welcome. SAGE is proud to be associated with this initiative” said, Mr. Vivek Mehra, MD & CEO, SAGE Publications.

Entry to the festival is free and will be on a first come first serve basis.

  • Registration Details:
  • Location: Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai- 400 018
  • Date: 21st June’2013 to 23rd June’2013
  • Time: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm