Valley Of Words Goes Virtual- India’s First-Of-Its-Kind Immersive Phygital Literary Experience! - GADGET-INNOVATIONS

Valley Of Words Goes Virtual- India’s First-Of-Its-Kind Immersive Phygital Literary Experience!

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Valley of Words Goes Virtual



§Recreating Mussoorie’s Historic Savoy Hotel In India’s First-Of-Its-Kind Immersive Phygital Literary Experience


§Four virtual stages – The Plenary Session Lawns, Savoy State Room, Savoy Writers’ Bar, and Savoy Post Office – will digitally host over 200 authors, poets, publishers, and thought-leaders from around the world


§Blessings from the Dalai Lama and a benediction of chants from the monks of Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun


§Inaugural Address ‘From Triumph to Triumph: Transcending the Pandemic’ by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and LIVE launch of the book ‘The Savoy written by Ruskin Bond and Ganesh Saili


§Keynote Address by Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh, and launch of the book Life and Culture in Northeast India by Shiv Kunal Verma  and Dipti Bhalla Verma


§Plenary Address And Conversation on ‘Text and Context’ by  Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan


§Padma Bhushan Dr Anil Joshi with Padma Shris Leeladhar Jagudi, Ritu Menon and Malini Awasthi amongst many others in insightful conversation across VoW’s Four VerticalsEnglish Literature, Hindi Sahitya, RS Tolia Forum of Ecology and Governance, and Military History and Strategycollaborations with the French Embassy and JCB Prize for Literature 


§Announcement of the PFC-VoW Book Awards 2020 in all seven categories: English Fiction, Non-fiction, and Translations from Regional LanguagesHindi Fiction, Non-fiction, and Translations from Regional Languages; and Writings for Young Adults (Bilingual)


§Interactive VoW bazaar in the market streets of Landour, featuring Iti Kriti (sustainable Himalayan arts, crafts, and fashion), Iti Smriti (ethically-sourced and upcycled Valley of Words memorabilia), Iti Lekh (an exploration of a specially curated selection of books), Philately (‘Pandemics and Epidemics of the World’) and Photography (winners of the 2020 VoW Red Rabbit Photography Competition on the theme ‘COVID - Nature Healing Itself’)


§Four pan-Indian debates: bilingual VoW-KV&JNV Inter-School Debate; bilingual VoW-Mantrana Inter-College Debate; the unprecedented Sanskrit VoW-Maharshi Valmik Vishwavidyalaya Inter-University vaad-vivaad pratiyogita; Parliamentary Debate Vox Populi with MPs from across the political spectrum which this year is a tribute to the late DP Tripathi, a key mentor and supporter of VoW


§Diverse variety of book launches and authors, ranging from distinguished officers Wajahat Habibullah, BS Baswan, Neeraj Kumar, Aloke Lal and  Shubha Sarma to AI specialist Rajiv Malhotra, General Konsam Himalay Singh and 6-year-old Ayan Gogoi Gohain


§Cultural programmes featuring morning ragas in sitar from Suhel Saeed Khan, a concert by artistes of ITC SRA Kolkata, and a piano-poetry medley live from the Savoy; poetry, kavita, and mushaira evenings 


§Valedictory Address  and Awards Presentation by Union Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Launch of PFC-VoW Book Awards 2021 by Dr RS Dhillon, Chairman PFC


§Open access to the best of Indian Literature and Arts from the Valley of Words Festival for an International Audience – A Celebration Of The Word!



The virtual is the new real, and Valley of Words ( is adapting this credo in our virtual format this year as we become VoW2020@Savoy - India’s First-Of-Its-Kind Immersive Phygital Literary Experience. Our resolve to create an entirely open-access, intergenerational, multi-lingual and multi-genre festival which brings the best of Indian literature and arts to an international audience has only strengthened this year. Our line-up therefore spans a diverse variety of conversation, debate and discovery, with something for everyone who joins. 



Wizcraft AO are The Technology Partners for Valley Of Words 2020.




Valley of Words believes that literature and art have the potential of engaging people across all age groups, especially students and the youth, to look beyond the immediate, to place “facts” in perspective, to question the “why”, to engage in lateral thinking and explore options that have the potential to make the world a better place. Valley of Words encourages intergenerational dialogues to enable one and all to understand multiple views, to scale new heights, explore new passions, and most importantly - discover the art of listening, engaging in critical discourse and appreciating excellence in others!






Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and live entertainment company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 19 years across the world, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India in global destinations.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement.









20th November 2020, Mussoorie