A two-day international conference on recent trends in South Asian literature ended at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy on Friday.
Bangla Academy organised the conference as part of its International Mother Language Day observance programme.
Writers and researchers from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Columbia participated at the event.
The conference featured a number of seminars on topics like South Asian poetry, fiction, translation and research.
On the concluding day, two seminars respectively on South Asian poetry and South Asian languages and translation were held.
Local writers and researchers including Kaiser Haq, Rashid Aksari, Muhammad Nurul Huda, Sonia Nishat Amin, GH Habib and Nepalese writer Abhi Subedi participated in the seminars.
Dhaka University English department professor Dr Fakrul Alam presented the key-note paper at a seminar on South Asian contemporary literature on Friday. Indian translator and researcher Radha Chakrabarty was present at the seminar as a discussant.
Emeritus professor Rafiqul Islam presided over the seminar and Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan delivered the welcome speech at the event.
Two seminars on South Asian fiction and South Asian theatre were held on the opening day of the conference.
Besides, Bangla Academy presented the Syed Waliullah literary award on the opening day of the event.
The academy honoured two expatriate poets Masud Khan and Mujib Iram with the award.
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