KERALA

Arab-Malayalam literary fest begins

Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph (centre) poses for a selfie with Tagore Peace Award Winner Shibad Ghanem at the Arab-Malayalam literary festival in Thrissur on Friday. Also seen is Kerala Sahitya Akademi President Perumbadavam Sreedharan (left).— Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph (centre) poses for a selfie with Tagore Peace Award Winner Shibad Ghanem at the Arab-Malayalam literary festival in Thrissur on Friday. Also seen is Kerala Sahitya Akademi President Perumbadavam Sreedharan (left).— Photo: K.K. Najeeb  

: Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph inaugurated the two-day Arab-Malayalam literary festival at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi auditorium on Friday.

“Hundreds of Malayalees are going to the Gulf in search of employment. Kerala and the Gulf countries share trade links too. Now the festival has begun another warm relation between the two places in the literary field,” said Mr. Joseph.

More than 20 lakh Keralites work in the Gulf. More than just an employment link, Kerala and the Gulf can have a cultural bonding, he added. “It’s a pleasure of the State to get an opportunity to honour the Tagore Peace Award Winner Shibad Ghanem,” he added.

The participants from Arab counties were overwhelmed by the welcome speech of the festival that was conducted in Arabic language. Kerala Sahitya Akademi President Perumbadavam Sreedharan presided over.

Akademi vice-president Akbar Kakkattil, P.K. Parakkadavu and S.A. Qudsi introduced the invited guests. Mr. Kakkattil presided over the literary meet in the afternoon.

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