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Dhaka Lit Fest kicks off Thursday

  • Published at 09:43 pm November 16th, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:47 pm November 16th, 2016
Dhaka Lit Fest kicks off Thursday

One of the greatest living writers and Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul will inaugurate the three-day festival at 11am.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will be present at the inaugural ceremony as special guest and chief guest respectively.


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More than 200 talents of diverse origins and genres from home and abroad will be exploring the most exciting themes throughout the three-day extravaganza.

This year's festival pulls big names from the literary world. There will be 66 prominent personalities from 18 different countries.


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Pulitzer Prize winner and American-Indian poet Vijay Seshadri and 2016 Man Booker International Prize winner Deborah Smith will grace the event for the first time.

Winner of the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature Evie Wyld, NDTV’s anchor Barkha Dutt and North Korean writer Hyeonseo Lee are also attending.


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Besides film screenings, stage performances and poetry recitations, the opening day of the festival will see more than 15 discussion sessions at different stages.

[caption id="attachment_33552" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Everything is set! Last-minute check is being conducted by a Dhaka Lit Fest volunteer on Wednesday afternoon before curtain raises on Thursday morning Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune Everything is set! Last-minute check is being conducted by a Dhaka Lit Fest volunteer on Wednesday afternoon before curtain raises on Thursday morning Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune[/caption]

At 1pm there will be a session titled “World fiction: Hidden Realities” at the Main Stage while KK Tea Stage will present “Imaging History” at the same time.


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From 2.15pm to 3.15pm Barkha Dutt and Ben Judah will discuss “America: Exceptional No More” on the Main Stage. You can catch “Communalism Across the Border” at the same time on the Lawn.


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The Main Stage will mark the publication of “An Ocean of Sorrow” (Bishad Shindhu) by Fakrul Islam at 3.30pm, while KK Tea Stage will host “Granta: Truth and Lies”.

The audience can enjoy a BBC documentary “The Strange Luck of VS Naipaul” at the Cosmic Tent at 3.30pm.


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At 4:45pm Barkha Dutt and DLF Director Sadaf Saaz will discuss “This Unquiet Land” at the Main Stage, while KK Tea Stage will hold “Journeys and Quests in Truth”.

The staged enactment of Syed Shamsul Haq's short novel 'Neel Dongshon' can be viewed at 6.15pm at the Main Stage.


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At the same time, the Bottola will hold 'Bauliana Caravan' where Maqsoodul Haque will talk about Baul traditions.

DLF is free for all, but it requires an easy online registration.