Literary fest to host 100 authors

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal addresses the gathering in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: The second edition of Northeast India's one and only literary event, Brahmaputra Literary Festival, kicked off at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here on Friday with a huge assembly of young literary enthusiasts and authors from across the globe.

The festival, jointly organised by the Assam Publication Board and National Book Trust, will be held till Sunday where more than 100 authors from 11 different countries are participating.

Inaugurating the festival on Friday in the presence of writers David Collin and Indranath Choudhuri, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "This literary event is not just a festival. This is our investment for a strong and vibrant future. Literature is the bedrock of any civilisation. It is through books that the richness of any civilisation percolates down to the future generations. Considering the immense power of literature, we want our youths to dedicate themselves to literary and cultural activities."

He hoped that the festival would open new opportunities of intellectual exchange for the youths and guide them in the art of creative writing. "This intellectual exchange will definitely inspire our youths, encourage new ideas and promote the habit of reading," Sonowal said.

On the first day, six sessions of discussion were held in three auditoriums named after Madhab Kandali, Leo Tolstoy and Deendayal Upadhyaya. Authors of national and international repute like Bee Rowlatt, Mamang Dai, Anant Vijay, Delfim Correia da Silva, Nandkishore Pandey, Avanijesh Awasthi, Tribhuvan Nath Shikla, Uday Pratap Singh, Brajendra Tripathi, S.B. Goswami, Dayaprakash Sinha, Malini Awasthi, Vinay Upadhyay, Pratap Sehgal, Karuna Deka, Robin S. Ngangom, Erode Tamilanban, Rajesh Kumar Tanti, Yatindra Mishra, Nilima Thakuria Haque, Vinod Anupam, Vani Tripathy, Oinam Doren, Rita Banerjee, Sanjib Sabhapandit, Suresh Rituparna, Kaushal Panwar, Kumud Sharma, B.D. Morwal, Shaik Yakoob and Jwishri Boro took part in the various sessions and interacted with the literary enthusiasts.

For the time in the history of Assamese literature, a publisher and writer meet was held as part of the festival. Organisers said around 100 authors from across the Northeast, most of them below 30 years, participated in the meet and discussed their upcoming books with the publishers.

Thousands of students in their college uniform added colour to the festival.


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