Goa Literary Festival to recall contributions of UR Ananthamurthy

Published - September 27, 2014 01:31 pm IST - PANAJI:

The 5th Goa Art & Literary Festival (GALF 2014), an annual literary festival of International Centre Goa (ICG) will pay tributes to acclaimed litterateur U. R. Ananthamurthy, who had inaugurated the first edition of GALF in 2010.

A strong contingent from Australia, Singapore, Nepal and Pakistan, as well as some of the leading writers, poets, artists and musicians from across the country will participate in GALF 2014 scheduled to be held from December 4 to 7, ICG Director Nandini Sahai said on Friday.

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s account of the 2014 elections, Janice Pariat’s debut novel ‘Seahorse’, and the latest books of Githa Hariharan and Dilip D’Souza are to be released at the Festival. The artist, novelist and translator (from Hindi) Daisy Rockwell will mount her first ever art exhibition outside the US and veteran Indian-American rapper Chee Malabar will make his Indian debut.

Laureate from Singapore, Edwin Thumboo will read poems inspired by Goa, author Gopalkrishna Pai will discuss his epic novel ‘Sapna Saraswata’, which traces the Goa-Mangalore diaspora, while Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna will speak on his “groundbreaking new history of the genre.”

A delegation from Kathmandu led by Indian diplomat, writer and artist Abhay Kumar is scheduled to participate in the festival. Australia is another country in focus at GALF, with a multitalented team of indigenous writers/artists featured in a separate time slot each day.

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