The count down for the much awaited third edition of Bangalore Literary Festival has begun. The second largest literary congregation after Jaipur conclave will open for literary buffs on Friday at Crowne Plaza, Velakani Tech Park in Electronic city. The three day festival will conclude on Sunday.
Festival offers platform for writers, thinkers, film makers, artists from across the globe to share and discuss ideas besides celebrating cosmopolitan character of Bangalore. Noted writers including, Girish Karnad, Chandrashekara Kambara, Arun Shourie, Ramachandra Guha, Gulzar, Shobha De, Chetan Bhagat, Namita Gokhale, Rani Mukharjee and others will be major attraction of the event.
This year’s festival is dedicated to noted wordsmith, public intellectual Prof. U.R. Ananthamurthy, whose death is a loss to the world of words. Ananthamurthy...not a biography...but a hypothesis , award winning documentary by Girish Kasaravalli will also be screened during the inaugural session. An exhibition of over 100 rare photographs of Prof. Ananthamurthy organised by the Department of Information will be an added attraction for the literary buffs.
“Several writers, painters, film makers, including Girish Karnand and S.G. Vasudev will pay tribute of words and visuals to their departed friend,” said Vikram Sampath, author and co-founder BLF.
Voice of North-East
This year BLF will witness authors engaging audience with diverse themes. The special attraction will be the contingent of writers from the North-East who will discuss the literature and issues of the region.
This literary festival has something to offer for the Kannada world as well. Highlights include discussion and debate on the state of the language, its future and the impact of classical language tag, as also various aspects of linguistic traditions of Kannada.