Delegates from Assam, Pakistan at Goa Lit Fest

Groups of artistes and writers from Assam and Pakistan will be the major highlight of the fourth Goa Art and Literary Festival (GALF) scheduled to begin from Thursday.

“The North East is the main focus of our festival this year,” said Nandini Sahay, Director of the International Centre Goa (ICG), on Monday. The festival is being held in collaboration with Writers’ Group.

Around 25 artistes and writers from Assam, including a performing troupe of 12 monks, were expected to attend the five-day festival this year.

Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi was likely to attend the inaugural ceremony scheduled to take place at Kala Academy on Thursday. The inaugural ceremony would include key-note addresses by A.K. Mehrotra, Mitra Phukan, and Meera Kosambi.

The Assam delegation includes senior writers Sanjoy Hazarika and Mitra Phukan as well as artistes of Desire Machine Collective, who represent India at Venice Biennale. The troupe of monks from Uttar Kamalabari Satari in Majuli Island was expected to perform its innovative cultural show. A special session on ‘Assam’s multiple dilemmas’ would be held on Saturday at 10 a.m., to be chaired by senior writer Hazarika.

Janhavi Barua, Dhurba Hazarika, Neelam Dutta, and Sri Sri Janardhan Dev Goswami would participate in this panel discussion which would focus on Assam’s literary and cultural traditions.

Damodar Mauzo, who represents Goa Writers’ Group, said a Pakistani delegation of young writers would be another attraction of the festival. The delegation is being led by Cyril Almeida, a Pakistani journalist of Goan origin and senior editor of Pakistan’s leading daily Dawn, will be visiting his ancestral home for the first time. The GALF plans to rekindle the State’s centuries-old ties to Karachi and its literary culture.

Celebrated filmmaker and poet Gulzar and veteran Malayalam poet K. Satchitanand will be among the literary luminaries attending the Lit Fest this year. Eunice de Souza, Keki Daruwalla, Gieve Patel, Meena Kandasamy, and Ranjit Hoskote would also attend the GALF.

Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo would host a sunset poetry session at Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula, on Saturday.


  • The five-day fourth Goa Art and Literary Festival begins today

  • The Assam delegation includes a performing troupe of 12 monks


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