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A panel titled ‘Imagining History’ awed visitors on the first day of the Dhaka Lit Fest 2016 in an engaging conversation on the role of history in fiction at the KK Tea stage. Panellists Shazia Omar and Bappaditya Chakraborty took part in a discussion moderated by another talented writer, Saad Z Hossain.
The speakers discussed fiction and the notion of mixing history with it. Shazia Omar said, “We need to include more historical figures in our literature, which would intrigue students and make them curious about history.”
Bappaditya Chakraborty suggested, “If youngsters divert their concentration from social media onto reading more, they will learn a lot more about local history.”
Furthermore, the panellists talked about the phenomenon of historical characters with modern ideologies which only creates diversity within literature. While answering a question from a member of the audience Bappaditya Chakraborty stated, “Fiction fills the spaces in literature, and this is how two wings of literature are formed – Historic fiction and fictional history.”