Mangaluru Literary Foundation will host the maiden two-day Mangaluru Lit Fest on the theme — ‘The Idea of Bharat’ at TMA Pai International Convention Centre here from November 3.
Organising Committee Member Rohinaksha Shirlalu, briefing media persons on Tuesday, said the lit fest is an attempt to showcase the ‘The Idea of Bharat’ – ancient Indian wisdom of peace, brotherhood and universal well-being through intellectual discourses.
Saraswati Samman award-winning novelist S L Bhyrappa will be felicitated with the lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the literary world. The lit fest will be held in five languages — English, Hindi, Konkani, Tulu and Kannada and will be a platform for monologues, panel discussions, symposiums, along with book and art exhibition, he said.
Stating that coastal districts have contributed a lot to the Kannada literary world, Shirlalu said Mangaluru Lit Fest intends to highlight literary and cultural diversity, thus creating a platform for promoting intellectual deliberations.
Prominent writers participating in the lit fest include Rajeev Malhotra, David Frawley, Major Gaurav Arya (Retd), R Jagannathan, Madhu Kishwar, Sahana Vijayakumar, Shefali Vaidya, Prakash Belavadi, Vivek Agnihotri, Sandeep Balakrishna, Anand Ranganathan, Chakravarti Sulibele, Rohit Chakratheertha, M and Anirban Ganguly.
He said the sessions of the lit fest are ‘Modinomics—Reactionary or Revolutionary’, ‘Reclaiming the True Hindu Narrative’, ‘Aurobindo’s Idea - Spiritual Nationalism - Going beyond European Idea of Nation States’, ‘The Selective Outrage — Good Dissent, Bad Dissent or Dissent of Convenience’, ‘India Academia and India in Academia—a Debate’, ‘Urban Naxals’, ‘Hindu Civilisation—Under Seize or on Upsurge’, ‘RSS 360 Degree - Facts Vs Fiction’, ‘Overreaching Regulations and Relentless Faith—Traditions, Courts and Constitution’, ‘India in Cinema — Representation and Narrative’, ‘Women and Religion—from Triple Talaq to Sabarimala’, ‘Engineered Violence in Kerala and Kashmir’ and ‘Regional Art, Culture and Literature’.
Books - ‘Your Prime Minister is Dead’ by Anuj Dhar, ‘Jobs crisis in India’ by R Jagannathan,’What is Hinduism’ by Dr David Frawley and ‘Kasheera’by Sahana Vijayakumar will be reviewed on the occasion.
Organising member Sriraj Gudi said that in addition to literary discussions, the lit fest will have a workshop on clay modelling by Ravi Gunaga and photography by Saravanan
Already, 750 members have registered their names online for the fest. In addition, students from various colleges and universities will take part.
Nitte Education Trust Chairman N Vinaya Hegde, Taranga Managing Editor Sandhya Pai, Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrashekar are the patrons of the event.