Centenary celebration of 'Mathrubhumi' to mark prelude to 4th edition of literary fest

NewsDrum Desk
30 Jan 2023

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (PTI) The centenary celebrations of one of the leading media houses in the country - Mathrubhumi - would mark the beginning of the 4th edition of a literary fest in the State capital of Kerala.

The four-day long event -- Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL 2023) -- would begin on February 2 and end on February 5, said a release from the media house.

One of the largest cultural events -- MBIFL -- would bring together global literary icons and formidable names in art, media, politics, social work and films to engage in absorbing conversations on an array of issues.

Discussions would also be held on three literary classics -- Çhandalabhikshuki of Kumaran Asan, The Waste Land of T S Eliot, and The Prophet of Khalil Gibran.

The sessions of MBIFL would begin with a keynote address by Jnanpith Laureate M T Vasudevan Nair on February 2 and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would formally inaugurate the festival the same evening, the release said.

"MBIFL 2023, also known as ‘Ka’ in Malayalam, will witness a formidable line-up of Nobel and Booker Prize winners and Jnanpith awardees, who will be among more than 400 eminent names in creative fields," it said.

The theme of the event is 'Shadows of History, Lights of the Future', it added.

On the inaugural day of MBIFL, Tanzania-born British author and Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah would speak on “Shadows of History; Lights of Future” while Booker Prize winner and Omani author Jokha AlHarthi would give her perspective on “Fiction as a Tool for Social Change for Arab Women.” The list of speakers on the inaugural day includes also Jnanpith awardee Amitav Ghosh on “Stories of the More-Than-Human: Fiction in an Age of Planetary Crisis." The festival would conclude with Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai addressing the valedictory session. PTI HMP NVG NVG

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