The second edition of Brahmaputra Literary Festival, which was inaugurated on Friday by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, concludes on Sunday. Recognised as the only lit-fest of northeast India, the literary event has attracted hundreds of writers and literary enthusiasts to Shrimanta Shankaradev Kalakshetra in the down town of the city.
Organised by the National Book Trust of India and the Publication Board Assam, the three day long festival witnessed a number of literary talks and discussions where around 100 authors from 11 countries joined and shared their experience, realisation and ideas.
Inaugurating the festival in presence of eminent French writer David Collin and Indian scholar Indranath Choudhuri, Sonowal commented that the literature is the bedrock of any civilization and it is through books that the richness of any civilisation percolates down to the future generations.
Considering the immense power of literature, we want our youths to dedicate themselves to literary and cultural activities. The literary festival is like our investment for a strong and vibrant future, added Sonowal.
He was seconded by NBT chairman Baldev Bhai Sarma, its director Rita Choudhury, Publication board secretary Pramod Kalita in the inaugural function.
Three auditoriums named after Madhab Kandali, Leo Tolstoy and Deendayal Upadhyaya housed various sessions where prominent authors had graced the occasion. Authors of the likes of Mamang Dai, Anant Vijay, Delfim Correia da Silva, Nandkishore Pandey, Avanijesh Awasthi, Uday Pratap Singh, Brajendra Tripathi, Dayaprakash Sinha, Malini Awasthi, Vinay Upadhyay, Erode Tamilanban, Vinod Anupam, Vani Tripathy, Oinam Doren, Rita Banerjee, Sanjib Sabhapandit participated in the discussions.