Nobel Laureate in literature, VS Naipaul has inaugurated the 6th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) at Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Thursday.
“I am happy to inaugurate the festival and very happy to be here,” the prominent Trinidadian-British writer said while inaugurating the ceremony.
This year, the Dhaka Lit Festival will pay tribute to late Syed Shamsul Haq, who was the most versatile writer of Bangladesh.
“Neel Dongshon”, the short novel of Syed Shamsul Haq will be performed on a stage in English language during the events.
Director General of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, Festival Directors Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar and Kazi Anis Ahmed also delivered speech at the inauguration ceremony.
Guest at the inauguration, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the DLF has expanded Bangladesh’s horizon in the world of literature.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor also spoke in the event.
“Festival like Dhaka Lit Fest has come out as one of the learning opportunities from the people around the world. I hope the festival will help make a secular and liberal society as well as create opportunity to learn about world culture,” he added.
This year’s festival has brought together one of the greatest living writers, Nobel Prize winner VS Naipaul; American-Indian poet Vijay Seshadri who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize Deborah Smith, and winner of the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature Evie Wyld.
This year the festival will host around 200 talents of diverse origins.
Moreover, more than 60 prominent personalities from 18 different countries will be representing the literary festival throughout the three-day event featuring literature around the globe.