Assam is the latest entrant in the growing list of states hosting literary jamborees with the Brahmaputra Literary Festival. The festival will see the participation of more than 150 authors from India and abroad, began on January 28, 2017. The event was inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar
About the Brahmaputra Literary Festival
The festival, organized jointly by the National Book Trust (NBT) and the Assam Government, will host 60 panel discussions, book releases, readings and culture events, including screenings of films based on books, musical and dance performances.
The focus is on the ‘languages, literature, culture, society, politics, performance traditions, music, identity, media of the northeastern region of the country but also national and international elements packages in the three-day event’
‘We have aimed to make the festival a landmark event on the country’s literary calendar which will not only expose people to interact with famed litterateurs but also take literature of the northeast to the rest of the country and the world. There are many popular literary festivals in the country but the northeast with such a rich literary tradition, both past and contemporary, is yet to have one and the BLF wants to change that’, NBT Director and Sahitya Akademi award-winning Assamese author Dr Rita Choudhury said.
Prominent contemporary authors from abroad expected to participate in the event include Carlo Pizzati from Italy, Clara Penalvar from Spain, Randy Teguchi from Japan, Linda Christanty from Indonesia, Dhunpal Raj Heeraman and Ramdeo Dhorundhur from Mauritius, Rajivawizesinha from Sri Lanka and Selina Hossain and Shaheen Akhtar from Bangladesh.