All eyes on Hyderabad Lit Fest 2015

All eyes on Hyderabad Lit Fest 2015
Highlights

The fifth edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) will be staged at the Hyderabad Public School from January 23 to 26. The three-day festival comprises varied programmes including conversations with authors, readings, panel discussions, workshops, book launches, cultural programmes, events for college students and school children, thus making it a festival for all.

Eminent authors descend on Hyd Lit Fest

The fifth edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) will be staged at the Hyderabad Public School from January 23 to 26. The three-day festival comprises varied programmes including conversations with authors, readings, panel discussions, workshops, book launches, cultural programmes, events for college students and school children, thus making it a festival for all.

HLF 2015 is being organised by the ‘Hyderabad Literary Trust’ in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Government of Telangana, and with the support of several academic, literary, cultural organisations and publishing houses. Started in 2010, the festival has come to represent the cultural and artistic ethos of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, as well as the vibrant culture of the modern Cyberabad.

Eminent personalities from India in this edition of the fest include Arun Shourie, Javed Akhtar, Mahesh Bhatt, SY Quraishi, Tom Alter, Amarinder Singh, Aniruddha Bahal, Ashok Banker, GN Devy, Ira Trivedi, Leela Samson, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Rakshanda Jalil, Ritu Menon among others.

Features of the festival

The unique feature of the festival has been the participation of a guest nation which will showcase its literature and culture. In 2015, Poland will be the focus of the festival. Exhibition of Polish comics, video shows on Polish literature and culture, would be showcased at the festival. The expected speakers at HLF 2015 from Poland include Julia Fiedorczuk, Jerzy Jarniewicz, Dariusz Sośnicki, Artur Burszta and Ola Olszewska.

‘Indian Language in Focus’ was another novel feature which was introduced at HLF 2013. Telugu was the language in focus at HLF 2013 and nearly 20 Telugu writers participated in the festival. At HLF 2014, Hindi was the Indian language in focus, and several Hindi authors including Sahitya Academy award-winner Mridula Garg were present. For 2015, Urdu has been announced as the Indian language in focus, with a rich and varied programme being planned.

HLF is a multi-lingual event and one of its distinctive features is the strong accent on writing in the Indian languages. Nearly 100 writers representing over a dozen Indian languages, including English, have participated in each edition of the festival.

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