The Telegraph
Friday , December 16 , 2016

Literature fest in January

Guwahati, Dec. 15: The National Book Trust (NBT) and the Publication Board of the Assam government will jointly organise a three-day Brahmaputra Literature Festival next month.

The main venue of the festival, beginning January 28, will be Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. There will be some events in different parts of the city, including a reading session on a cruise.

The Trust is the apex body of the government of India for book publishing and promotion under the ministry of human resource development.

Talking to the media, chief secretary V.K. Pipersenia said the basic objective of the festival is to give an opportunity to the budding writers of the state to interact with leading national and international authors.

Pipersenia said the state government is working to make the festival a brand like the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The chairman of the Trust, Baldeo Bhai Sharma, said the idea of hosting the festival in Guwahati came up when education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met them and offered the proposal.

The Publication Board of Assam organises Guwahati Book Fair, the oldest book fair of the state.

For the past few years it has been organising a literature festival along with the book fair but with little success.

"Let us send the message through the festival that the Northeast is full of talent," said Sharma.

Nearly 60 to 75 authors, including children books' artists, graphic artists, filmmakers and script writers are expected to attend the festival. However, the names of the authors have not been finalised yet.

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