Dhaka Lit Fest has come as an excellent platform for literature-loving people to diversify literature practices.
Having kicked off on Thursday, several crucial figures of world and Bangladesh literature and art have crammed into the premises of Bangla Academy till today, including names like Adam Johnson, Mohammad Hanif, Nandita Das, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Imdadul Haq Milon, Selina Hossain, Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton, award-winning actor Manisha Koirala, and Kaiser Haq.
Other renowned names also include novelist Jaishree Misra, Chandrahas Choudhury, Philip Hesher, storyteller Nisid Hajari, Gwen Robinson, America’s Courtney Hodell, director of Literary Programmes of Whiting Awards Foundation.
It is a gathering where authors, poets and media personas from both home and abroad exchange views, debate, and rejoice in the core belief of a modern society with an avid contribution from the spectators.
The festival focuses primarily on literature but embraces culture and ideas more broadly on a wide array of topics like fiction, literature, non-fiction to history, politics and society, poetry and translations, science and mathematics; philosophy and religion. The literary festival features various sessions covering children’s creative session, literature, art, book launching, film screening and photography exhibition.
DLF is very much committed towards education and the enlightenment of young minds. Keeping that in mind every year they showcase numerous sessions on literature, art and photography.
The event also focuses on Bangladesh’s folk indigenous cultures and heritage, documentation on injustice and violence against women. As the directors always say, “The freedom of speech has become an essential issue not only for writers and journalists, but also for each and every person in various segments of our society.” Dhaka Lit Fest is bringing the world closer. The main focus is to bring Western and South Asian writers and intellectuals together. They are inspiring new publishers, budding authors and celebrating young talents, Bangladeshi writings and translations. DLF is indeed a place of rich literacy and artistic inheritance.