Dhaka Lit Fest begins today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:45, Nov 16,2016

Dhaka Lit Fest

This photo taken on Wednesday evening shows organisers prepare stalls of Dhaka Lit Fest at Bangla Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

Dhaka Lit Fest, the biggest English language literature festival in the country, begins this morning at Bangla Academy.

International and local writers and literature enthusiast are expected to get together at the venue to share their views and feelings.

Nobel prize winning litterateur VS Naipaul is scheduled to inaugurate the three-day festival.

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhit and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor will also be present at the inaugural ceremony.

The festival has been organised by Jatrik with Bangla Academy as the co-host with an objective to introduce Bangladeshi literature and culture to the world and vice versa.

This year 66 writers from 18 countries including Pulitzer winner Vijay Seshadri, this year’s Man Booker International Prize winner Deborah Smith, winner of European Union Prize winner in 2014 Evie Wyld and noted North Korean writer Hyeonseo Lee will attend the festival.

Young and established writers will also be awarded for their works, the organisers have said.

One of the highlights of the festival will be paying tribute to the late Syed Shamsul Haq, with a production of his short novel, Neel Dongshon, in English.

There will be about 100 panels during the three-day event, which will also feature cultural programme, folk performances, poetry recitations, an editing workshop, children's programme and film screenings.

As part of the folk performances, Bangladesh's traditional musical genres such as Jaari Gaan, Behula Lokhindar and Pala Gaan will be presented.

The entry to the festival is free and the registration can be done at the entrance or at www.dhakalitfest.com.

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