Dhaka, Bangladesh
Litfest 2019 hit Dhaka

Litfest 2019 hit Dhaka

This year's Dhaka Lit Fest was inaugurated on Thursday, November 7, by State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid on the historic Bangla Academy premises. The inauguration began with a performance by Shadhona, titled "Aye Amader Ongone". The production by Shadhona celebrates Nature's ability to overcome obstacles and sustain the environment through the dynamic interaction of the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space. It is based on Tagore's book of poems 'Brikkhoropon' which is performed at the yearly tree-planting ceremony every 22nd Shrabon in Shantiniketan. DLF began with a pilot event in 2011 under the aegis of the world-famous Hay-on-Wye festival. With three rapid iterations-2012, 2013 and 2014-the festival established Dhaka's place in the global literary circuit. In 2015, the festival celebrated its fifth anniversary, and with Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar and K Anis Ahmed as directors of the festival, it assumed a new name-Dhaka Lit Fest-to mark its commitment to promoting Dhaka, and Bangladeshi literature and culture to the world. The festival is focused primarily on literature, but embraces culture and ideas more broadly, generating discussions on a wide array of topics: fiction and literary non-fiction to history, politics and society; poetry and translations; science and mathematics; philosophy and religion. About 400 participants representing over 50 countries have been part of DLF, including VS Naipaul, Adonis, Vikram Seth, Tariq Ali, Ahdaf Soueif, William Dalrymple, Nayantara Sahgal, Tilda Swinton, Shashi Tharoor, Shobha De, Nandita Das, Vijay Seshadri and Mohammed Hanif. Stalwarts of Bangla literature, Syed Shamsul Huq, Hasan Azizul Huq, Selina Hossain, Debesh Roy, Nirmalendu Goon, Joy Goswami, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay and others, have also of course graced the stage. British musician Jennifer Reid mesmerized the audience with her brilliant and strong presentation of broadside ballads on the first day of Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) 2019. Her ballads, which are mostly from the Victorian Era, captivated young audiences during her performance on the Nazrul Stage. Sumana Roy, Monica Ali, Maria Filomena Bouissou Lepecki, Yara Rodrigues Fowler, and Minna Lindgren discuss resistance and refuge in literature at DLF 2019. The authors discussed identity, politics, philosophy of the writing, while speaking on the topic titled "Fiction: Resistance or Refuge." A lively discussion about everyday heroes and villains brought down the Cosmic Tent on Day 2 of DLF. Featuring comic creator Sabyasachi Chakma and Samir Asran Rahman, Creative Director of Mighty Punch Studio, the panel was moderated by feature writer and playwright Rumana Habib. The panelists talked about the characters in their comics, the inspiration behind the stories, and the creative process. From Bob The Builder, who can fix anything, to the enchanting world of Wereworld, Curtis Jobling has created it all. An author and an illustrator, Jobling held this very captivating session at day two of Dhaka Lit Fest on Friday, November 8.

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