Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the two-day SAARC Literary Festival Dhaka 2014 on Thursday morning.
The theme of the festival is ‘Beyond Borders: Towards Trust and Reconciliation’.
The Write Foundation, the Bangladesh chapter of the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, in association with Monsoon letters and JADOO TV are organizing the programme at Bangladesh National Museum in the capital.
Leading scholars, academics and writers from the SAARC member countries -- Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and host Bangladesh – are attending the event, which is the first of its kind in the country.
Some of the interesting and thought provoking sessions on the opening day include a session on ‘Historical Fault Lines and Reconciliation’ with Samersh Mazumdar and Syed Haq in the panel while Syed Badrul Ahsanacts as the moderator, and a session on ‘Partition Literature’ to be moderated by Dr Niaz Zaman.
M.A. Nuhman, Bal Bahadur Thapa, Praksh Subedi and Keshab Sigdel will also read academic papers, with Bangla Academy DG Shamsuzzaman Khan as the session chair.
Bangladeshi and South Asian poets will conclude the day with poetry readings, with Kamal Chowdhury as the session chair.
On the second day, academic papers will be read by Pratibha Ray, Farheen Chaudhury, Shiva Rijal, Prakash Subedi, AbhiSubedi, Rabishankar Bal, Sukrita Kumar Paul and Kamala Wijeratne, while poetry readings will be carried out by Bangladeshi and South Asian poets.
The event will have a session on ‘Publishing in South Asia and Copyright’.
Sameresh Mazumdar and Kamal Chowdhury are scheduled to be among the guests in the closing session.