Kozhikode to Host Inaugural Kerala Literature Festival

The inaugural Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) 2016, a literature festival modeled on the lines of famous international literature festivals will be held in Kozhikode from February 4 to 7. KLF is being organized by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation (DCKF) set up in the memory of well-known writer, publisher, activist and freedom-fighter D C Kizhakemuri.

The venue will be the Kerala Ports Ground at Kozhikode beach. Five pavilions would be specially designed for the festival by the renowned sculptor and Kochi-Muziris Biennale coordinator Riyas Komu.

Festival director Satchidanandan
Festival director K Satchidanandan

Acclaimed poet K Satchidanandan is the festival director and DCKF secretary Ravi D C the chief coordinator.

According to the organizers, KLF has been conceived as a cultural festival and a setting for writers, readers and the general public to interact on topics ranging from literature, culture, arts and lifestyle.

Several literature festivals are held in different states across the nation every year and such festivals provide an opportunity for regional literature to break language barriers and come to the world’s attention. However, Kerala is yet to have a grand literature festival of its own and it is this void that KLF is looking to fill. The plan is to hold the lit fest at different locations in Kerala from this year onwards.

Guest speakers

Githa Hariharan

More than 150 prominent writers of national and international repute such as Ashok Vajpayi, M T Vasudevan Nair, Githa Hariharan, Ramakrishna Kambar, Taslima Nasreen, M Mukundan, Anitha Nair, T M Krishna and Meena Kandasamy will participate in the literature festival.

Anitha Nair
Anitha Nair

No book fair or book sale

KLF would not have any book sale or book fair; it will solely be used as a setting for interactions between litterateurs and readers. An occasion for literary enthusiasts to meet and exchange ideas with their favourite authors and literary stalwarts.

Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi

Seminars and debates on diverse topics with participation of writers would be one of the main attractions of the fest. Also expected are prominent film personalities and performing artists. On the agenda would be topics like changing reading and literary trends as well as cinema.

A 101 strong welcome committee with the Kozhikode Mayor V K C Muhammed Koya as chairman and A K Abdul Hakkim as general convener has been formed to help organize the festival.