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What to expect at HLF 2015

What to expect at HLF 2015
Highlights

The fifth edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) will be staged at the Hyderabad Public School from January 23 to 26, 2015. 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,

The fifth edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) will be staged at the Hyderabad Public School from January 23 to 26, 2015. 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.

A wide range of cultural programmes will be given a platform at HLF 2015 to reflect the areas of focus of this year’s festival: Polish literature and Urdu literature.

Among the highlights of the events would be Dastangoi which is the art of storytelling. It is developed around the stories of valour and adventures of Amir Hamza, an Arab hero over thousand years ago. These stories became very popular when they entered the Urdu canon and the art form as known to us reached its zenith in the 19th century. Dastan-e-Chouboli is a Rajasthani folk tale adapted by Vijay Dan Detha and subsequently adapted by Mahmood Farooqui for a Dastanic telling.

There will also be a special session on the Hindi translations of the works of Herta Müller, German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Proposed workshops

Barbara Kölling, a theatre director from Germany who stages productions for children and young people and develops plays for the young theatre goers from the age of one, will be conducting a theatre workshop.

Koeli Mukherjee Ghose, an art historian and curator, will be organising an art workshop for couples. An artist herself, she works from ImageKraft Studios that she set up in 2009 with a group of professionals for facilitating exhibitions, documentation and research of Indian Art. Koeli is a member of the General Council of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

There will also be an Urdu calligraphy workshop, which will be conducted by three experts, including Dr Khalid Saeed, a professor at Maulana Azad National Urdu, who heads the Centre for Urdu Language, literature and culture at MANUU and noted calligraphist and artist Poosapati Parameshwar Raju. The festival is also inviting a German filmmaker for a workshop on fiction in documentary films.

Programme highlights

There will be plenary session on India’s endangered languages, special Sessions featuring differently-abled authors, exclusive session featuring Muslim writers writing in Telugu, a session to mark hundred years of WW I apart from book launches, interactive sessions, workshops and exhibitions. There will be also be participation from over a dozen countries including Australia, England, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and Wales. More than a dozen national and international languages including Bangla, Dutch, English, Frisian, German, Kannada, Polish, Portuguese, Sanskrit, Telugu, Urdu and Welsh would be showcased.

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