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Literary festival begins tomorrow

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: A galaxy of scholars and writers will talk on subjects ranging from Indian photography to film biographies at the second Kovalam Literary Festival beginning here on October 7.

Noted litterateur Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri is scheduled to inaugurate the three-day event at the Taj Kovalam on Wednesday evening.

Actor Om Puri will be present to pre-release his forthcoming biography.

Burmese dissident writer Ma Thida, who was jailed till 1999 for her pro-democracy writings, will read from her fiction.

Amitav Ghosh, a big supporter of Burmese writing, will send a preface to modern Burmese writing which will be read out at the festival by Mukul Kesavan, author and commentator.

Memorial lecture

The fourth K.C. John memorial lecture on ‘The oddness of Indian nationalism’ will be delivered by Mukul Kesavan.

Christopher Pinney, who wrote ‘The coming of photography to India’ and Sanjay Sreevastava will make presentations.

A biopic on the late Kamala Das will be presented by Suresh Kohli.

The line up of young writers attending the festival includes Palash Mehrotra, Anuja Chauhan, Anita Jain, Ira Trivedi and Mathew Menacherry.

The festival is organised by Noctilucent with support from DC Books, Kerala Tourism, Taj Hotels, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Sahitya Akademi, Penguin Books, German Book Office, Harper Collins and Oxford Book Store.

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