Kozhikode All Set For Kerala Literature Festival

The inaugural edition of the Kerala Literature Festival, modeled on well-known international literature festivals, will begin today at Kozhikode beach. About 150 leading writers from across the country and leading writers from the state will take part in the four-day festival that concludes on February 7.

The inaugural function will be followed by a discussion on ‘Literature in the bad times’ in which Githa Hariharan, M T Vasudevan Nair, Prathibha Rai and festival director K Sachidanandan will take part. Challenges to the freedom of artists and writers is one of the themes on focus at the maiden KLF 2016.

The festival is organized by the Department of Culture and Kozhikode Corporation in alliance with D.C. Books and has been ‘conceived as a rare platform chiefly meant for Malayalam writers of four generations to meet, discuss and debate issues of common concern.’

Prathibha Rai
Prathibha Rai

Seminars, discussions and interviews on various contemporary topics, especially literature, will be held at three venues. A fourth venue is entirely dedicated to screening documentaries, docu-fictions and movies inspired by literary works and litterateurs. Music and dance will also be part of the festival.

Eminent guests and speakers

Eminent litterateurs including Subroto Bagchi, Ashok Vajpeyi, Anand, M Mukundan, Jaishree Mishra, Anitha Nair, Prathiba Ray, K R Meera, Santhosh Echikkanam, E Santhosh Kumar, Sarah Joseph, Meena Kandaswamy, Paul Zachariah, Benyamin, Leena Manimekalai, N S Madhavan, T D Ramakrishnan will take part in the festival.

Noted directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Gireesh Kasaravally, Shyamaprasad, K R Mohanan and M P Sukumaran Nair are expected to take part in various discussions besides actors like Mammootty, Shatrughan Sinha, Manju Warrier and others.

Highlights in the music and dance part of the festival include Thayambaka by Mattannur Sankaran Kutty and team, concert by noted vocalist T M Krishna, dance by Rajasree Warrier, Sufi music by Anitha Shaiq and musical evening led by V T Murali.

‘Sufiana: An Evening of Sufi Music’ with Anitha Shaiq
‘Sufiana: An Evening of Sufi Music’ with Anitha Shaiq

Collateral events

As a collateral event, an exhibition of paintings by renowned Kerala-born, Baroda-based artist K K Muhammed will be held at the S K Pottekkat Cultural Centre. The exhibition titled ‘Remembering the present’ will be inaugurated on February 5 and will go on till March 5.

An exhibition of photographs of writers by Punalur Rajan will also be part of the festival.