Nobel Prize winning litterateur VS Naipaul is coming to Bangladesh to attend the Dhaka Literary Festival, to be held at the Bangla Academy during November 17-19. The festival will be inaugurated at 11am.
The sixth edition of the festival will also feature writers — Pulitzer Prize winning American-Indian poet Vijay Seshadri, 2016 Man Booker Prize winner Deborah Smith and winner of 2014 European Union Prize for Literature Evie Wyld. Over 200 talents and more than 60 guests of the literary world from 18 countries will be attending the event.
“The main objective of the festival is to introduce Bangla literature and culture to the world and vice versa,” organisers told a press conference at the Bangla Academy. It will be a fiesta for those interested in literature, they added.
There will be some 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. The festival will feature Bangladesh’s traditional musical programme — Jaari Gaan, Behula Lokhindar and Pala Gaan — to highlight the country’s rich culture and history.
An English version Syed Shamsul Haq’s short novel Neel Dongshon will be dramatised at the festival to pay tribute to him. A young and an established writer will also be awarded for their work in the festival.
Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan said the festival for the last several years has been very important in introducing Bangladesh’s literature to the world stage, and expected that it will continue to do so.
The organisers said entry to the festival will require nothing but a simple registration, which can be done at the entrance or through www.dhakalitfest.com.
The festival is being organised by Jatrik, with Bangla Academy as the co-host and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs as partner alongside The British Council, BRAC, Enegis, Purnava, Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune.