New Delhi: Like every year, 2018 is starting with the fresh air breath of Art and Literature around. Hyderabad Literary Trust is all set to kick off its annual Hyderabad Literature Festival 2018.
Over 100 prominent writers, artists, scholars, filmmakers and journalists from India and abroad will participate in the eighth edition of the Festival, beginning on January 26.
The event is organized by the trust in association with support of Government of Telangana and other leading literary bodies of the state and beyond.
Hyderabad Literary Festival will represent the cultural and artistic ethos as well as the vibrant culture of Cyberabad.
The three-day multidisciplinary and multilingual event, will feature participation of about 150 speakers — writers, artistes, scholars, film makers, journalists and publishers — representing a wide range of fields and it is expected to attract over 12,000 audience. Being organised by the Hyderabad Literary Trust, a group of people from diverse fields, the eighth edition will have Spain as the guest nation and Kannada as the language in focus.
More than 10 leading Kannada authors and artistes will participate in the event, which will have sessions on literature, theatre, film, and performance poetry of Karnataka. There will be a panel discussion on the language crisis in Karnataka.
HLF 2018 will pay tributes to legendary artists who died last year. They include classical singer Girija Devi, actors Shashi Kapoor and Tom Alter, and journalist Gauri Lankesh. Authors and artists from Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Britain and US will be among the participants.
Aruna Roy, Arundhati Nag, Chandan Gowda, Chandrashekhara Kambara,Easterine Kire, Girish Kasaravalli, R Gopalakrishnan, Karuna Nundy, Perumal Murugan, Pratibha Nandakumar, Rajdeep Sardesai, Rammanohar Reddy, Ravinder Singh, Sagarika Ghose, Sanjna Kapoor and Seema Mustafa will be among the key speakers.
The festival will not only gathers local, national and global writers on one platform, but also would also act as bridge between writers and readers, artistes and audiences.