The Sahitya Akademi will host a six-day annual Festival of Letters here in the Capital beginning this coming Monday.

Noted Hindi writer Chitra Mudgal will inaugurate the show at Rabindra Bhavan.

The exhibition will highlight the Akademi's achievements. Book releases, seminars and literary activities will also be part of the exhibition.

Akademi president Sunil Gangopadhyay will present 24 Akademi awards to winners in different languages at the Kamani auditorium on February 15.

Oriya writer Sitakant Mahapatra will be the chief guest, while Bangladeshi writer Selina Hossain will be the guest of honour.

The award presentation ceremony will be followed by a performance of Khasi and Jaintia songs and dances from Meghalaya.

The award-winning authors will share their creative experience in ‘Writers' Meet' at Rabindra Bhavan on February 16.

Towards the evening, former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will deliver the Samvatsar Lecture at India International Centre.

Seminar on Tagore

To commemorate Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, a three-day national seminar on the legendary Bengali poet will be conducted at Rabindra Bhavan, beginning February 17.

“Rabindranath Tagore: the Man and the Universe” will be inaugurated by Union Culture Ministry Secretary Jawhar Sircar and presided over by Mr. Gangopadhyay.

It will conclude on February 19 with a poetry-reading session by eminent Indian poets as a tribute to Tagore.