Kerala Lit Fest to focus on Tamil

The fifth edition of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF 2020) is set to be held from the 16 to 19 January at Calicut and it will be focused on Tamil language. With over four lakh attendees, KLF 2020 will be the largest cultural gathering in south India. This year the Indian language in focus will be Tamil.

Writers like Perumal Murugan, Salma, Bama, and also Tamil writers from Sri Lanka like S Pathmanathan are expected to attend the festival. There will be special sessions on the state of Sri Lankan Tamil writing today. The Guest Country is Spain represented by a team of twenty artists, writers, and journalists. There will be five participants from China, and many from Great Britain, Slovenia, Egypt, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and of course India.

“Gandhi and environment, the Gadgil Report in the context of Kerala’s floods, organic agriculture and  the impact of rock mining, deforestation and sand mining on our environment are some of the themes that will be taken up for analysis and debate. Islam and Women, the entry of women in Sabarimala, the Ayodhya Verdict, the emergence of community dialects  and tribal tongues as literary languages, the new short story, new versions of Don Quixote, the novels of Miguel Delibes, cartography, new discoveries about the early Indians, Robotics and the future of mankind, the role of social media in an opinion formation, current trends in art, music, and caste, literature in the time of trauma etc are some of the themes being discussed at the festival,” said festival director K Satchidanandan.

NT Bureau