Best-selling author Jeffrey Archer, Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, American writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus and acclaimed American indologue Wendy Doniger are among 400 speakers scheduled to appear at the sixth edition of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) , which begins January 20. .
To be held on the beaches of Kozhikode, the four-day literary extravaganza, billed as the “second largest festival” of its kind in Asia, aims to map literature through discussions on several aspects that shape human consciousness, including art, cinema, the environment, the pandemic, and its impacts, politics, history and economy.
“While film buffs are plentiful at the Kerala International Film Festival (IFFK) and art lovers await the Kochi Muziris Biennale, KLF seamlessly combines these two worlds covering a wide range of interests. Discussions around the corner. Evening bonfires, music concerts, classical music, theater and performing artists will constitute the entertainment quotient at KLF 2022, “organizers said in a statement.
“This year, the organizers will present a gastronomic exuberance organized with food trucks and ethnic cuisines,” he added.
Hosting over 200 sessions and writers, experts and artists from over a dozen countries around the world – except India – this year’s eclectic lineup would also include names like Shashi Tharoor, Ada Yonath, Abhijit Banerjee, Remo Fernandes, Sagarika Ghose, Manu S Pillai, Devdutt Pattanaik and Sudhir Kakar.
“It is a privilege to be back at KLF and remember why it is one of India’s best literature festivals. The range of speakers is not only extremely impressive, time and time. The space allocated to writers in all languages and on such diverse themes makes participation a very enriching experience, ”said author-historian Pillai.
Organized by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation and supported by the Government of Kerala and the Kerala Tourism Board, the director of KLF 20222 is renowned poet, critic and writer, K Satchidanandan.
It will end on January 23, 2022
[With Inputs From PTI]