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Dhaka Lit Fest inspires all

DHAKA, Nov 22, 2015 (BSS)- With participation of internationally acclaimed writers, poets and scholars, vibrant appearances of all ages of book lovers had made just concluded Dhaka Lit Fest a platform of exchanging and sharing creative practices and knowledge.

"It has really given us immense inspiration to promote and showcase Bangladesh literature, culture and heritage at global stage," Kazi Anis Ahmed, director of Dhaka Lit fest said.

"This international literary festival was held in Bangladesh for the fifth time under the new name, "Dhaka Lit Fest". Previously, it was held with the name of Hay Festival. Our main objective was to project our literature, culture and tradition at international level through this literary festival" he added.

The three-day literary event began on Thursday where people with different languages and culture gathered with a common goal to foster literature practices has virtually turned into a platform of sharing and exchanging diversified literatures and culture.

The literary festival came to close on Saturday creating huge hopes to the visitors, organizations as well as foreign guests and many of them described this event as a wonderful gatherings of diversified literature practices.

The organizers said from talks on science by Nobel Laureates Harold Varmus to an impressive array of sessions showcasing Bangladeshi arts and discussing world affairs, Dhaka Lit Fest was stimulating and inspiring people of all ages and interests.

They said Dhaka Lit Fest has been highly successful in providing an international platform for Bangladesh and in inspiring new writers. It is both stimulating interest in world literature and English Language writing and helping to bringing in the creativity and talents of Bangladeshi writers to the world stage.

It is complemented in its success by the growth of new English literary journals such as Bengal Lights and six seasons Review and the development of the Library of Bangladesh by the Dhaka Translation Centre, which exists to promote English translations of Bangla works to the world at large, they added.

On the third day of literary carnival, popular Indian writer and poet Poulomi Sengupta and Bangladeshi writer Anisul Haque joined the discussion on popular literature at the main stage. Eminent Bangladeshi writer Imdadul Haque Milon moderated the discussion.

Indian Poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, who made his mark in English language, dwelt on his life and works with author and academic Amit Chaudhuri at the lawn stage of the carnival.

In response to questions from audience, Arvinda said Dhaka Lit Fest is really an amazing gathering of literature-loving people of different countries and it will strengthen both cultural and literary bonds of the people with different languages.

An emerging group of spoken word artists has performed a collection of original works at the cosmic stage of the event.

Syeda Samira Sadeque, staff reporter at the Dhaka Tribune, and her other group members performed separately, which was enjoyed by a good number of crowd.

On the first day, Nobel Prize winning scientist Harold Varmus has given a wide-ranging talks covering the excitement of basic science research, government and science policy and the future of global healthcare at the main stage.


Ignite Publication Limited, a content development and publication house for the books of kids, started its journey in August this year and has set up a stall at Dhaka Lit Fest. .

Head of content development of Ignite Publication Limited Sofia Jalal said, "We are developing contents of books solely for kids... all these contents are developed on Bangladeshi culture, traditions and heritage, which will help children know about their country." .

While talking to visitors at the Dhaka Lit Fest, they described this literary festival as an excellent platform for both literature-loving people, authors and other stakeholders, which eventually will diversify literature practices.

Sonja Moroz, junior professional consultant of United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), said "I am delighted to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Dhaka Lit Fest.... Really it is a lively gathering of the people with different languages."

While talking to the news agency, a visitor said "I visited previously held all Hay Festival (former name of the festival). I hope this international literary event will enrich our Bangla literature and culture as it appears as a wonderful gathering of writers, poets, publishers with different language and cultures."

Sadaf Saz Siddiqui, one of the directors of Dhaka Lit Fest, said "From very beginning, I am deeply involved with the initiative of holding International Literary festival in Bangladesh . I myself and all my colleagues have been working for promoting Bangali literature at the international level."

"One of the main aims of this international literary festival is to create a scope for our young talents to interact with globally acclaimed intellectuals, writers and other renowned persons," she added.