The Bangalore Literature Festival [BLF] fêtes reading and writing. Bookworms and bibliophiles are invited to bask in the winter sun in the Garden City of India and meet writers from everywhere — local, national and international — as this festival brings the world to ‘Namma Bengaluru’. BLF celebrates this creative spirit of the city popular as the Garden City of India and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside India.
BLF is the brain-child of Srikrishna Ramamoorthy and Shinie Antony who wanted to provide this very enrichment to their city and facilitate the emergence of Bangalore as the new locus of Indian literature.
Ably advised by Chandrashekhara Kambara, Harish Bijoor,T. V. Mohandas Pai,V. Ravichandar, Shashi Deshpande, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Sunil Sethi the BLF is returning for its 4th season, after its successful launch in 2012.
The Festival is an annual flagship event on the cultural calendar of Bangalore and focuses on rekindling the romance with literature and fostering fine reading and writing, especially amongst the young population of the city. This year the 2-day event is to be held at Royal orchid, Old Airport Road on 5th-6th December, 2015.
Top 5 Reasons to attend the BLF!
For the second year running the Bangalore Literature Festival brings to us the exclusive forum where aspiring authors get a chance to make three-minute pitches of their book idea to literary agents, commissioning editors and publishers. The jury will select the top 25 entries from several submissions received and this will be announced on 1st Dec 2015. And the top 25 would get to present their pitch at the LitMart session.
2. The eminent participants
There would be several authors, speakers, literary giants and artists at the event. The complete list of participants is available at the BLF website. From Bangalore we have Andaleeb Wajid, Theatre artist Deevas Gupta, poet Mani Rao, authors Milan Vohra, Nandita Bose, journalist Prakash Belawadi, Humorist Rachna Singh, Shathavadhani R Ganesh and environmentalist Usha Rajagopal.
The event also boasts Dr. Chandrasekhar B. Kambar, Javed Akhtar, actor Ayushmann Khurrana, danseuse Lakshmi Vishvanathan, entrepreneur and politician Nandan Nilekani amongst its participants.
3. Workshops & Sessions
Knowledge is power and always keep learning something new.
BLF provides you with some great opportunities to brush up your knowledge & writing skills through various workshops and sessions (the schedule is right here). Learn to write a Thriller or short fiction from the literary-gurus or choose a session from a wide range of themes – Ad world , Bollywood, music, memoirs, politics, future of language, history, poetry and mystery!
4. Film Screenings & Music
Award winning films from around the country in little known languages. Catch films from languages which are in the danger of going extinct. And once we lose these languages, gone would be their songs, myths, proverbs and poetry as these are not easily transferred.
The day is literary busy but the evening plays host to melody. On Dec 5, its Carnatic Classical concert by M.S. Subbulakshmi’s great-granddaughter Aishwarya S and party.
So, catch the movie, hear the music, live the magic.
5. Makkala Koota (Lit for Kids)
Kids would have their own thing(s) to do. Workshops by well-known publishers such as Tulika, Quiz by Amar Chitra Katha and Bookalore’s Puppetry party are just a few of the wonderful events awaiting the kiddos as part of Lit for Kids. So bring the kids and let them take their pick!
All images courtesy – Bangalore Literature Festival FB Page