Mangaluru Literary Festival from November 3

Sriraj Gudi (centre), member, organising committee of Mangaluru Lit Fest 2018, speaking at a press conference in Mangaluru on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: H.S. Manjunath

The first edition of two-day Mangaluru Literary Festival will begin here from November 3.

Organised by Mangaluru Literary Foundation the theme of the festival would be ‘the idea of Bharat’.

Addressing press persons here on Tuesday Sriraj Gudi, a member of the organising committee, said that the sessions would be held in five languages – Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, English and Hindi.

Noted Kannada writer and Sahitya Akademi and Saraswati Samman awardee S L Bhyrappa will be presented with lifetime achievement award on the inaugural day.

In all, four books would be released during the two-day event.

They are Your Prime Minister is Dead by Anuj Dhar, Jobs Crisis in India by R Jagannathan, What is Hinduism by David Frawley and Kasheera by Sahana Vijay Kumar.

Some of the speakers are film makers Vivek Agnihotri, Prakash Belawadi and Rishab Shetty, poets Subraya Chokkadi, H Dundiraj and B R Lakshman Rao, Padma Bhushan awardees B M Hegde and David Frawley, writer Preethi Nagraj, Yakshagana scholar M Prabhakara Joshi, Prafulla Ketkar, Editor, Organiser; Anirban Ganguly, author and director of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, a think tank affiliated to BJP; writer Madhu Kishwar and the like.

Mr. Gudi said that in addition to a ‘kavi gosti’, there would be 14 literary sessions.

Some of the topics listed for discussion would be urban naxals; Indian academia and India in academia – a debate; women and religion – from triple talqaq to Sabarimala; Hindu civilisation under seize or on upsurge; RSS 360 degree – facts verses fiction; regional art, culture and literature; engineered violence in Kerala and Kashmir; India in cinema – representation and narrative, Sri Aurobindo’s idea of spiritual nationalism – going beyond European idea of nation states and the like.

Mr. Gudi said that Ravi Gunaga from Uttara Kannada would hold a workshop on clay modeling and Saravanan G N would conduct a workshop on photography on the two days. There would be book exhibition.

There would be free entry to the festival to be conducted at TMA Pai International Convention Centre on M G Road.

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