India’s second largest literary festival- Kerala Literature Festival supported by Incredible India and Kerala Tourism is about to kick start its third successful run at Kozhikode Beach on 8th February.
With one central theme running through the deliberations at the Festival is dissent that we believe is central to any idea of real democracy. Over 500 speakers from 15 Nations are coming together in over 200 sessions to celebrate literature like never before. KLF is conceived as an open platform for dialogue, dissent and discussion, the spaces for which seem to have been shrinking over the years. It is also a space for the Malayalam writers of three generations to meet and debate issues and evaluate the recent transformations in idiom and sensibility.
KLF showcase Irish literature, with seven writers of various genres from Ireland including Gabriel Rosenstock, Conor Kostick , Liam Carson and Paddy Bush, reading, talking and discussing their writing in the specific cultural context. Besides we have writers from Spain, Latvia and Australia who will present their work and discuss the idea of ‘European’ literature.
A whole contingent of writers, intellectuals and activists from different parts of India that includes among others, Romila Thapar, Upinder Singh, Arundhati Roy, Ashis Nandy, Vandana Shiva, Teesta Setalvad, Jairam Ramesh, Ashok Soota, Pranay Lal, Anita Pratap, Sagarika Ghose, Ganesh Devy, Prakash Raj, Rishi Kapoor, Kancha Ilaiah, K S Bhagavan, Bama, Jerry Pinto, Namita Gokhale, Anita Nair, Kavita Lankesh, Shabnam Hashmi, Anita Dube, Aseem Trivedi, Bala, Kanhaiya Kumar, Rajdeep Sardesai, E P Unny, BRP Bhaskar, MGS Narayanan, Rajan Gurukkal , M Mukundan, Sethu, K R Meera, Benyamin and a whole group of younger writers – altogether more than 450 participants .
‘Alchemist- Photo Exhibition’ featuring the life and works of internationally acclaimed bestselling author Paulo Coelho will be showcased at eth third edition of Kerala Literature Festival. Very rare and never seen pictures are sorted out and exhibited for Coelho’s fans. This is a one time opportunity for the readers as the pictures are strictly unavailable in any Medias.
A special venue for a parallel, theme-based film festival curated by Bina Paul where films will be screened and discussed and we also have cultural programmes every day like Flamenco dance from Spain and Qawwali and Ghazal singing from India.
The fading away culinary delights are brought back by OFIR in a unique food fest which not only serves delicious delights but also has discussions conducted on the same.
Let us celebrate our cultural diversity that militates against any monolithic idea of the nation at KLF happening on the beach of Kozhikode from 8th Feb to 11th Feb.