Sahitya Sabka, Duniya Sabki is the visiting author/artist program which involves writers, poets, and artists presenting their work to a packed audience of adult and upper-group members right here at TCLP. Poetry readings by Mangalesh Dabral and Akhil Katyal, for instance, saw participation by both first-time visitors and seasoned library members.
Making such cultural events possible in the community is an important part of our work, and resonates strongly with our aim to create accessible spaces of engagement with art and literature. The name "Sahitya Sabka, Duniya Sabki" imagines just that: a world where literature is the estate of not only a few people, but is written for, by, and about all of us.
We regularly host these programs at both our libraries. Details about them can be found on our events page.
The Book Club program keeps both volunteers and teenage members busy in reading and thinking about diverse texts and their histories in anticipation of an animated discussion. The group meets twice a month to talk about chosen novels, short stories, plays or poetry and so far it has made possible a hugely successful dramatic production of Devdutt Pattanaik’s Sita, and has traversed an extensive reading list including Little Women, Manto's short stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Pinjar and many more. The Book Club is a way of sharing the insights and joys of reading, thus taking the phrase “reading is thinking” to the next level.
There is no tool more effective in the development of a community as the empowerment of its women. This creates power in individuals over their own circumstances, their community and society. Adda held every Wednesday at TCLP- Sikanderpur is an interaction with women of the community to empower them to discuss issues of importance in their lives.
Done through story telling, films and rounds meditation, the topics selected each week is varied but always focussed on helping them create a strong independent identity by knowing themselves, their rights and duties as citizens. Discussions about nutrition, gender equality and community welfare are also some of the common themes. It has become a platform for women to express themselves confidently in an environment of trust and mutual respect.