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6 November, 2018 08:00:15 AM

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8th Dhaka Lit Fest begins on Nov 8

Registration remains open till November 10
DL Reporter
8th Dhaka Lit Fest begins on Nov 8
Festival director Kazi Anis Ahmed speaks at the press conference. Photo : courtesy

All preparations for the country’s largest literary festival, the ‘Dhaka Lit Fest’, have been completed. The three-day festival is set to kick off on November 8 on the Bangla Academy premises in the capital.

Culture minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate the festival at 10pm on November 8, the organisers announced yesterday (Monday) at a press conference at the Shaheed Munir Chowdhury auditorium of the Bangla Academy.

At the press conference, three directors of the Dhaka Lit Fest—fiction writer and publisher of Bangla Tribune and Dhaka Tribune Kazi Anis Ahmed and poets Sadaf Saaz and Ahsan Akbar—were present.

Also, the administrative director of the Bangla Academy, Dr Mujahid, the title sponsor Bangla Tribune editor Zulfikar Russell and Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, and BRAC Bank vice-president Zara Mahbub Khan were also present at the conference.

Director Kazi Anis Ahmed stated in his speech, “This event started in 2011 with the name ‘Hay Festival’. From 2015 onwards, it started its journey as the ‘Dhaka Lit Fest’.

This is the eighth edition. In the last eight years, we have tried to develop and grow. We believe we have been able to represent Bangladesh to the world. In this edition, the Pakistan-born British author, Mohammed Hanif, is coming to the event. Pulitzer and Man Booker Prize award-winning writers are coming, too.”

“An Indian biographical drama film of the famous Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto, written and directed by Nandita Das, will have its first Bangladesh film premiere at the festival. Apart from the premiere, Nandita Das herself will share her experiences,” he added

He further said, “The Dhaka Lit Festival platform is now well known to the world. The Cambridge Short Story Prize authorities have chosen this platform to launch their award.

They will announce the prize for the first time here. Furthermore, the international magazine of literature, ‘Granta’, will be associated as the partner for the second time. Four of their representatives are coming to discuss world literature.”

Sadaf Saaz said, “More than 90 sessions will be held in the three days of this festival. Not just literature, but also art, photography, film and other topics will be included. In the last eight years, 330 guests from 50 countries have come to the ‘Dhaka Lit Fest’. Now we are planning to introduce women-oriented arts. Nandita Das’s film, six women poets, tales of Rohingya women, women Baul artistes and other women artistes will attend.

Our tradition is ‘storytelling’, and keeping that in mind, we are arranging children’s entertainment as well. ‘Rickshaw Girl’ of Mitali Parkins is one of them. Rabindranath Tagore’s story ‘Juta Abishkar’ will also be narrated. Poet Kamal Chowdhury is working on the language of 20 volumes. He will discuss a part of it.”

More than 200 litterateurs, actors, politicians, researchers and journalists from across the country and abroad will attend this event. The list of participants this year has already been published on the website of the Lit Fest.

In order to participate in the ‘Dhaka Lit Fest’, one needs to register. Registration is going on at https://www.dhakalitfest.com/register/. Registration will continue till the last day (November 10) of the festival.

KK

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