Bigger and better, Bangalore Lit Fest starts tomorrow

Bigger and better, Bangalore Lit Fest starts tomorrow

Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF), the unique literary and cultural extravaganza launched in 2012, is all set to rekindle people’s romance with literature this year too, but in a much bigger and better way.

The second edition of the three-day event, which will begin at Velankani Park, Electronics City on Friday, will have more than 120 participating authors and speakers from around the world, parallel literary events complete with a children’s activity and reading corner in ‘Makkala Koota’ tent.

This year, BLF is collaborating with the Goethe-Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore to feature Germany as a focus country.

Vikram Sampath, author and founding trustee of BLF, said the festival would have something for everyone and the visitors would be spoilt for choice.

“This time the scale of the event is much bigger in terms of content. No only there are more authors and guest speakers but also a gamut of fun activities to keep everyone engaged for three days. There will also be interactive sessions on diverse themes for the audience,” he told Deccan Herald.

Prominent authors taking part in the event include Gulzar, Ramachandra Guha, William Dalrymple, U R Ananthamurthy, Rajmohan Gandhi, Chandrashekhara Kambara, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Farhan Akhtar, David Davidar, Wendell Rodricks, Prasoon Joshi, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Shashi Deshpande, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravi Subramanian, K S Nissar Ahmed, Madhu Kishwar, H S Venkatesh Murthy, Prasad Bidapa, Ramakant Rath, Ashokamitran, K Satchidanandan, Nilanjana Roy, Kishwar Desai, Anita Nair, Ian Jack, Shobhaa De, Karthika V K, Kapish Mehra, Meena Kandasamy and several others.

Besides, the spotlight will also be on South Asian writing, featuring authors from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: Babar Ayaz, Mira Hashmi, Kanak Mani Dixit, Farah Ghuznavi and Ashok Ferry.

Some of the special features of the event include an exhibition commemorating 100 years of Indian cinema with a discussion on the adaptation of biographies to biopics, featuring actor Farhan Akhtar, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and lyricist-writer Prasoon Joshi.

Also, there will be discussions on cinema writing.

There will also be dedicated sessions on Kannada literature, featuring stalwarts like Chandrashekhara Kambara, U R Ananthamurthy, H S Venkatesh Murthy, Nissar Ahmed, Venkatachala Shastry, Narahalli Balasubrahmanya, Viveka Rai, K S Bhagwan, Jayant Kaikini, Mamta Sagar, Giraddi Govindaraju, C N Ramachandran, M M Kalburgi, Padekal Vishnu Bhatt and several others who will speak on a host of issues relevant to the language.

Another unique element this year will be the emphasis on oral literary languages of Karnataka, namely Beary, Tulu, Kodava and Konkani.

During the three-day fest, there will be a sessions on spirituality and writing by Sri Sri Ravishankar, presentations and lectures by eminent historians Ramachandra Guha and William Dalrymple, nuances of fashion writing with designer Wendell Rodricks.

Other interesting sidelights include an evening of Carnatic violin performance by the Mysore Brothers, Dr Manjunath and Sri Nagaraj; the famous Veeragase dance folk form of Karnataka, performance poetry sessions; slam poetry workshops; a Hyde Park-style Speakers’ Corner, short film screenings, stand-up comedy, book-nooks for literature lovers, book launches and author-signing sessions, a unique spatial set-up to explore and inhabit, film poster and memorabilia exhibitions, food and beverage outlets with street food, local and international cuisine.

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