Today’s final day of the 10th Dhaka Lit Fest started off with a calmer atmosphere than the weekend. The morning session kicked off with conversations about the future of urbanism, the plight of street children explored in Rubaiya Murshed’s “Nobody’s Children (UPL)”, the future of poetry, micro-tales by Sehri Tales, and sexism in the world of gaming. I was. Nobel laureate Abdul Razak Gurna spoke with Bloomsbury publisher Alexandra Pringle about his novel The Escape.
As the afternoon sessions began, the Bangla Academy grounds began to fill up. Professor Firdous Azim moderated a session on feminist scholars and writers, joined by Professor Sabiha Huq, Honorary Reader of Postcolonial Literature Denise deCaires Narain, and International Booker Prize-winning translator Daisy Rockwell.
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Political and cultural analyst Pankaj Mishra spoke with author Vivek Menezes about his first novel in 25 years, Run and Hide. The Daily Star Books’ discussion on “Is A Book Worth Reading: Who Decides” moderated by DS Books editor Sarah Anjum Bali discusses the value of book reviews, the politics of school and college curriculum choices, and the literary world. There was a discussion about censorship.
Photo: Prabir Das
Photo: Prabir Das
In addition to workshops and sessions on haiku, Dhaka and its dystopias, and translation, many were drawn to Kishwar Chowdhury’s DLF Innovation Talk on culinary arts.
“It’s important to have voices like ours and see visibility so we can tell our stories and share our dishes authentically,” she shared.
Just before the closing ceremony, 2022 Booker Prize winner and Sri Lankan author Shehan Karnatilaka unveiled his Booker Prize-winning novel The Seven Months of Mari Almedia, South Asia’s most prolific author Kanishka. I spoke with Mr. Gupta.
The venue was packed when Coke Studio started playing the evening music at 7pm. Despite a late start and unsatisfactory sound quality, an audience of hundreds gathered to crawl through all available spaces of Bangla Academy to watch Anime Roy, Pantha Kanai, Momtaz, Ritu Raj, and others. Cork Studio Artists Brings 10th Dhaka Lit Fest. to the musical end.
This year’s DLF began with many uncertainties. The ticket claim raised questions about the number of attendees.
Despite occasional communication delays, such as changes in session timings and the absence of writers such as Orhan Pamuk and Hanif Kureishi from attending the festival, the originality of curating DLF 2023 shows that the story is not just about literature and art. , how it affects science, technology and business. , climate change, music, sports, cooking and more.