Kashmir to Hold Literary Festival
Via Hindustan Times
The event is to be staged in Srinagar, Kashmir’s main city, by the organiser of Asia’s biggest literary festival, held each January in India’s “pink city” of Jaipur.“We want it to be a success and also an opportunity for Kashmir literature to flourish,” said Namita Gokhale, an Indian writer and a co-founder of the Jaipur Literary Festival held in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.Plans for the new event, to take place from September 16-18, came after the Jaipur festival earlier this year gave pride of place to Indian Kashmir, whose literature has been marked by more than two decades of rebel violence.To be called the Harud (autumn) Literature Festival, “it will be an apolitical dialogue concerning literature. We will be discussing English, Urdu and Kashmiri literature,” Gokhale said.Muslim-majority Kashmir has a rich literary tradition dating back to the 14th century, but few outside readers are familiar with its beauty because little has been translated.But now a growing number of Kashmiri works are appearing in English as reader interest in a region beset by a separatist insurgency since 1989 is growing.The three-day event will be marked by book readings, interactive sessions with authors and cultural programmes.
Sadly, this has now been cancelled. Via Nilanjana Roy:
It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the Harud Literary Festival. Born out of the best intentions to platform work of emerging and established writers in Kashmir, the festival has been hijacked by those who hold extreme views in the name of free speech.