Indore, India (PressExposure) September 12, 2013 -- Announcing the second edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival
~ Now a September event, with a new home in the City ~
~ Celebrating 'Literature in the Park' at Crowne Plaza @ Velankani Park, Electronics City ~
Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF), the flagship literary event on the cultural calendar of Bangalore city, is all set for its second edition from September 27th to 29that the Crowne Plaza @ Velankani Park in Electronics City. Building on the successful 2012 debut edition, this year BLF will feature over a 100 authors and speakers, including several distinguished literary names likeGulzar, RamachandraGuha, William Dalrymple, U R Ananthamurthy, Rajmohan Gandhi, ChandrashekharaKambara, NabaneetaDevSen, RakeyshOmprakashMehra,FarhanAkhtar, David Davidar, Wendell Rodricks, Prasoon Joshi, Sri SriRavishankar,ShashiDeshpande,AshwinSanghi,Ravi Subramanian, Nissar Ahmed, MadhuKishwar, HS Venkatesh Murthy, Prasad Bidapa,RamakantRath, Ashokamitran, K Satchidanandan, Nilanjana Roy, Kishwar Desai, Anita Nair, Ian Jack, Shobhaa De, Karthika VK, KapishMehra, MeenaKandasamyand several others.
In just its second year, the Festival has become a sought after and must-attend event for readers and writers from Bangalore, India and the world, with its enriching and stimulating panel discussions, interviews and literary sessions. This year BLF will witness authors engaging the audiences with diverse themes. Highlights include commemorating 100 years of Indian cinema with adiscussion on the adaptation of biographies to bio-pics featuring one of India'smost critically acclaimed actors FarhanAkhtar, director RakeyshOmprakashMehraandlyricist-writerPrasoon Joshi, whose 'BhaagMilkhaBhaag' was a stellar success this year; discussions on cinema writing featuring veterans in the field like BaradwajRangan, Sidharth Bhatia, SharmishtaGooptu, MK Raghavendra, Kishwar Desai, BhawanaSomaaya, JayantKaikiniand others. Poet Gulzar who wowed audiences at BLF 2012, andloved being there himself, will participate this year too in a discussion on film lyrics with Prasoon Joshi.
This year Bangalore Literature Festival is collaborating with the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore to feature Germany as a focus country for the 2013 edition. Authors from Germany, including the celebrated slam poet Bas Botcher, TilmanRammstedt, ChirstopherKloebel, Saskya Jain and Abbas Khiderwill be participating, as will be Ian Jack of Granta and Mofussil Junction fame,and AurÃ©liaLassaque the French/Occitan poet. BLF 2013 also throws the spotlight on South Asian Writing, featuring authors from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: Babar Ayaz, Mira Hashmi, Kanak Mani Dixit, Farah Ghuznawi and Ashok Ferry.
This second edition of the Fesival also has sessions plannedon Kannada literature featuring stalwarts like ChandrashekharaKambara, U R Ananthamurthy, HS Venkatesh Murthy, Nissar Ahmed, VenkatachalaShastry, NarahalliBalasubrahmanya, VivekaRai, KS Bhagwan, JayantKaikini, MamtaSagar, GiraddiGovindaraju, CN Ramachandran, MM Kalburgi, Padekal Vishnu Bhatt and several others speaking on a host of issues relevant to the language. Another unique and interesting element of BLF is the emphasis on oral literary languages of Karnataka including Beary, Tulu, Kodava and Konkani, as also a special panel on the village of Mathoor and its success with making Sanskrit all pervasive there.
Bangalore Literature Festival 2013 is also supported by the SahityaAkademi,India's National Academy of Letters, in helping bring together many stalwarts and upcoming Indian language authors, some of them for the first time to Bangalore. Names include RamakantRath (Odia), NabaneetaDevSen (Bengali), Ashokamitran (Tamil), Ashok Vajpeyi (Hindi), Govind Mishra (Hindi), K Satchidanandan (Malayalam), VempalliGangadhara (Telugu), FarooqShaheen (Kashmiri), DharmakirtiSumant (Marathi), Arindam Borkataki (Assamese) and others.
True to the Festival's moorings, several city authors are supporting the event and participating in the Festival. Leading names include ShashiDeshpande, Usha K.R., Anita Nair, Gita Aravamudan, VarunAgarwal, PreetiShenoy, LavanyaSankaran, Nandita Bose,SwarThounaojam, JahnaviBarua, Athena Kashyap, NilanjanChoudhury, MinalHajratwala and others.
Other key attractions that audiences can look forward to at BLF this year include a session on Spirituality and Writing by renowned Guru, Sri SriRavishankar; interesting presentations and lectures by eminent historians RamachandraGuha and William Dalrymple; nuances of fashion writing with Wendell Rodricks and much more.
This year's edition of BLF also promises to be bigger and better for childrenand young adults too. In association with Pratham Books, Bookalore and Amar Chitra Katha, several children's sessions and activity corners have been organized at the 'MakkalaKoota' tent at the event venue.
The Festival opens at 10am on the three days with sessions going on through the day across three tents at the charming lawns ofCrowne Plaza @ Velankani Park, Electronics City. Other interesting sidelights include an evening Carnatic violin performance by the Mysore Brothers - Dr. Manjunath and ShriNagaraj; the famous Veeragase dance folk form of Karnataka, performance poetrysessions; Slam poetry workshops; a Hyde Park style Speakers' Corner, short film screenings, stand-up comedy, book-nooks for literature lovers, a Festival bookshop by Oxford Bookstore along with several Kannada and Indian language book stalls to browse and buy books; book launches and author signing sessions; a unique spatial setup to explore and inhabit, film poster and memorabilia exhibitions,food and beverage outlets with street food, local and international cuisine - all making for a unique literary and cultural extravaganza and a true celebration of 'Literature in the Park'.
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