Kolkata Language and Literature Festival to replace Kolkata Literary Meet
Statesman news service
Kolkata, 11 November
Celebrating 50 years of India-Peru diplomatic relations, Peru has been selected as the theme county for the 38th year of the International Kolkata Book fair, 2014.
For the first time a three-day Kolkata Language and Literature Festival (KLLF) will be held during the book fair instead of the Kolkata Literary Meet (KLM) which was the major attraction of the event in the previous edition.
Members of the publishers and bookseller&’s guild said the KLM will be organised separately due to requirement for a bigger space and clashing dates. Therefore, this year, the guild has decided to arrange 14 sessions of KLLF from 30 January to 1 February.
President of the International Kolkata Book Fair&’s Publishers and Booksellers Guild, Mr Sudhangshu Dey, said: “The KLLF will comprise unique sessions uniformly spread across genres such as language, literature, cinema, drama, sports, music and dance. This will become a permanent event from this year.”
He said the KLLF is "going to be a challenging initiative".
Nearly 750 stalls are expected to be set up during the book fair this year inside the Milan Mela premises from 29 January to 9 February.
Carlos German Belle ~ a Peruvian poet noted for his unique blend of precise classical expression and contemporary themes ~ will inaugurate the book fair.
Mr Javier Paulinich, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Peru, said: "Peru has achieved a superior position in the international literary and cultural platform and this year it is important to promote the culture of Latin America. Since Kolkata is the cultural capital of India, participating in its literary festival will give us the best opportunity to share our culture and literature with the book lovers here.” Around 20 nations are expected to participate in the book fair this year, including Bangladesh, Britain, USA, Spain, Italy, China, Singapore, Japan, El Salvador and Columbia.
Shashi Tharoor, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Mexican author Carla Faester, Indian-born American physicist and author Mani Bhaumik, and Fernando Denis, famous filmmaker Miguel Littin and Anupam Kher are some of the distinguished luminaries invited to the event. National and international music performers will also be a part of KLLF.