India’s first Bengali literary festival to be held on October 10 will bring together litterateurs from West Bengal and Bangladesh, the organisers said on Tuesday.
“Though there are three literary festivals held in Kolkata each year, there is no festival dedicated to Bengali literature,” said Tridib Kumar Chattopadhyay, managing director, PatraBharati Group of Publications.
“Not only will it help to widen visibility but also bring controversial writings to the limelight,” he added.
Themes of discussion include “Epar Bangla Opar Bangla. Sahityer Bhasa Ki Bodle Jacche”(Is the language of Bengali literature changing across the border?), “Bitorko Na Holey Sahitya Jonopriyo Hoena!” (Literature has to be controversial to be popular!) and “Barshik Pujor Phosol! Ete Ki SahityaSamriddhaHoye? (Do the Novels, stories and poems published every year during the festive season contribute to enriching Bengali Literature).
The 12th edition of the Bangalore Book Festival being organised jointly by the Bangalore Books Sellers and Publishers Association and Indya Comics from October 19 to 25 will not just be about books but also cultural programmes and photo and cartoon exhibition at the Palace Grounds.
“The book fest will primarily showcase more than a million books, and to bring in a broader approach to the ‘world of book sale’ we thought an inclusion of cultural programmes and fine art exhibition would make the event a wholesome Dasara special,” said Nitin Shah, president, Bangalore Books and Publishers Association and Proprietor, Sapna Publishers.
As many as 300 book stalls will exhibit a million books of 200 publishers