Even as a dreary drizzle threatened the kickoff of the seventh edition of the Dhaka Lit Fest, book lovers thronged to the Bangla Academy premises on Thursday, their love for books and literature, undeterred.
The festivities began with a beating of drums and the rhythmic tapping of dancing feet as the Manipuri Theatre’s “Pung Cholom” set the hearts of early birds racing and made short work of any early morning lethargy.
Adding to an already exciting start, the stars began pouring in: Tilda Swinton, Adonis, Lionel Shriver and David Hare, along with many more prominent international personalities.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Kazi Anis said: “Bangla is the seventh most spoken language in the world. However, not many are aware of the culture of our country, and we also do not take enough from the culture of other countries. With this in mind, we have arranged this year’s festival in a way so that our esteemed international guests can learn something from us and we can learn something from them.”
In addition, a graphic novel on the Father of the Nation, titled “Mujib,” was unveiled at the inauguration.
Adonis, DLF Directors Ahsan Akbar and Sadaf Saaz, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s grandson Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby, and Bangla Academy DG Shamsuzzaman Khan were present at the ceremony, among others.