Guwahati, Jan 25 (PTI) Assam is all set to host the Brahmaputra Literary Festival (BLF) with more than 150 authors from within and outside the country scheduled to participate in the three-day literary extravaganza beginning here from February 28. Also Read - RT-PCR Test Mandatory For Passengers Flying to Assam From Mumbai, Karnataka | Check Details Here

”We have aimed to make the festival a landmark event of the country’s literary calendar, which will not only expose people to interact with famed litterateurs but also take literature of the North East to the rest of the country and the world,” National Book Trust (NBT) Director and a Sahitya Akademi winning Assamese author Dr Rita Choudhury, told PTI. Also Read - 90 Voters But 181 Votes Cast In Assam Polling Booth, 5 Officials Suspended

The festival will be inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javedkar. Also Read - Earthquake Jolts Sikkim-Nepal Border, Tremors Felt in Assam, Bihar, Bengal

The festival is being organised jointly by the NBT and Assam government and will host 60 panel discussions, host of book releases, book readings and culture festivals including screenings of films based on books, musical and dance performances.

The festival’s will focus on languages, literature, culture, society, politics, performance traditions, music, identity, media of the North Eastern region of the country but also national and international elements packages in the three-day event, she said.

Choudhury said the presence of intellectuals, litterateurs, editors, publishers and students in the festival will enrich the literary fabric of the state.

”There are many popular literary festivals in the country but the North East with such a rich literary tradition, both past and contemporary, is yet to have one and the BLF wants to change that”, Choudhury said.

”We hope that the festival will become an annual feature of the country’s literary calendar and not only encourage new ideas and their dissemination but also offer a platform for intellectual exchanges”, she said.

Besides, panel discussions on different issues related to literature and language, in-Conversation sessions with writers, reading sessions, book signing sessions, film screenings as well as cultural programes showcasing indigenous cultures. MORE

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