Dhaka Lit Festival concludes

Cultural Correspondent
c A display of Dhaka Lit Fest at Bangla Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

c A display of Dhaka Lit Fest at Bangla Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

The three-day Dhaka Lit Fest ended on a high note, featuring 30 sessions on the concuding day on Saturday at the Bangla Academy.
The fifth edition of the festival features 85 sessions, cultural shows, workshops, book launchings and others with participation of over 250 writers and booklovers from 14 countries.
A number of books by local and foreign writers were launched at the festival. It also assimilated many sessions with an attempt to share views of the litterateurs ranging from science to history to journalism to current world affairs.
The visitors of the festival evaluate this year’s arrangement as a display of greater number of diverse sessions but could not attract them.
The fifth edition of the festival has been organised by Jatrik in association with the academy and the cultural affairs ministry. It was earlier known as Hay Festival Dhaka.
Books on diverse fields like translation, local literature, folklore, theatre, sufi literature, pop fiction and others were launched at the festival.
Among the remarkable books launched at the festival includes Untranquil Recollections: The years of Fulfillment by Rehman Sobhan, The Triumph of the Snake Goddess by Kaiser Haq, A Temporary Sojourn and Other Stories by Nasreen Jahan, Blame by Dilruba Z Ara, and others.
Foreign books including autobiography, fiction also attracted audience. Journalist Jon Snow’s Shooting History, Kunal Basu’s novel Kalkatta, Nayantara Sahgal’s autobiography, Amit Chowdhury’s London Fields and few others were introduced to the local audience through sessions and readings.
Talks by luminaries like Nobel Laureate Dr Harold Varmus, Indian bestseller Shobhaa De, British journalist and TV presenter Jon Snow, Cuban science fiction writer Yoss, Kenyan children’s storyteller Muthoni Garland, Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, Indian novelist Amit Chaudhuri, acclaimed British filmmaker Leslee Udwin were attractions of the festival.
Cultural shows held in the festival remained vibrant.
The visitors, however, complained that they missed many sessions as so many events continued simultaneously. ‘The sessions could have been longer and less in number,’ said a visitor Farukh Ahmed, who attended the festival on all three days.
The organisers justifies their stand saying they had no other choice but to organise so many things in three days. ‘For an ideal festival like this, we need to incorporate different elements only in three days,’ said Sadaf Saaz, one of the directors of the festival.

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