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2-day int'l lit conf begins at Bangla Academy

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2-day int'l lit conf begins at Bangla Academy

The two-day International Literature Conference focusing the contemporary South Asian literature begun on the Bangla Academy premises on Thursday.

The event was organised atAbdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium of Bangla Academy as part of Amar Ekushey Book Fair discussion events with the participation of some 15 poets from eight countries.

The academy organised the event to build a good bonding among local and foreign writers, poets, novelists as well as to create a platform to exchange their literary works.

Director General of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan delivered the welcome speech in the opening session of the conference while Dr Fakrul Islam presented the keynote speech.

Indian translator and researcher Radha Chakrbaraty discussed on the keynote speech while emeritus Professor Rafiqul Islam presided the session.

In the second phase of the first day, Indian writer Aruna Chakraborty and Bangladeshi writer Dr Firdous Azim exchanged their views in the contemporary Asian literature dialogue.

A discussion event on South Asian non-fiction literature was held from 2.30pm to 4pmwhile Rifat Munim presented the keynote speech.

Ekushey award winner Syed Monjurul Islam, emeritus professor and one of the leading authorities of the Sinhala Language Deshamanya Jayaratna Banda Dissanayake, Colombian writer Andrez Mausio Munz and Khaliquzzaman Ilyas also discussed on the topic.

A discussion on South Asian Theatre was held at the end of the first day while president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar presented the keynote speech.

Sahfi Ahmed, Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, and Indian theatre personality Angshuman Bhaumik discussed also in the session.

Alongside, Bangla Academy distributed "Syed Waliullah Award 2017'' to expatriate poets Masud Khan living in Canada and Mujib Irm living in the UK.

The first edition of International Literature Conference was held on February 2-4 last year when popular and reputed poets and writers from eight countries of the world joined it. unb

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