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Mumbai litfest gears up for big gathering of regional writers

The second edition of the LIC Gateway LitFest continues to put the spotlight on regional languages at the event slated to begin here on February 20.

Mumbai litfest gearsThe two-day literary event is pegged as a meeting point for over 50 writers, including 3 Jnanpith laureates and more than 30 Sahitya Akademi award winners from 15 languages.

The National Centre for Performing Arts is hosting the event.

According to the organisers the festival aims to “gather the creme de la creme of Indian languages and put them on the same pedestal with their counterparts in Indo-English literature.”

“The first edition was a watershed mark for the revival of Indian language writings, going by the number of renowned writers and the large crowd who came to celebrate the regional language writings. The second edition is going to be bigger in scale and deeper in commitment to promote Indian languages,” festival director Mohan Kakkanadan said.

Jnanpith awardees Pratibha Ray, Sitakant Mahapatra and Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade will lead the roll of writers.

Apart from an increase in the number of languages and speakers, this year’s edition has also introduced a new set of topics for discussion.

Sessions on marginalised North-East literary trends, languages facing extinction, modern poetry in the days of What’s App, women writers in regional languages, losing interest in translation, and hijacking of mythological platform by English writers are included.

Other than those writing in Hindi and English, authors from Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Konkani, Manipuri, Malayalam, Meghalaya, Mythili, Marathi, Odiya, Sindhi and Tamil will sharing the stage to promote national integration in literature.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Hema Naik,

Hemant Divate, Ibomcha Singh, Jayant Pawar, Jerry Pinto, Sethu, Sitakant Mahapatra, Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Subhash Chandran, Subodh Sarkar, T K Muraleedharan, Uday Tara Nair, and Zaman Azurd are among the authors who have confirmed their participation, according to organisers.

“It was indeed high time we took the regional languages to the forefront of the nation for that is where original thinking and writing are flourishing,” renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan said.

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