The second consecutive day of the Dhaka Literary Festival 2015 is ongoing at the historic grounds of Bangla Academy on Dhaka University campus.
Friday’s session will mark the launch of Dhaka Translation Center’s landmark Library of Bangladesh, a first-ever series of the best of Bangladeshi writing produced for a world audience. And then a discussion between global feminist campaigner Ruchira Gupta, and member of Bangladeshi women’s activist group Naripokkho, Firdous Azim will take place which will explore issues surrounding the sex trade. Then at 3pm the unplugged version of Bardhaman House will be presented by singer-songwriter Armeen Musa to enthrall the audience.
At 3.30 a session named ‘The March To Independence’ will begin which will mark the launch of Rehman Sobhan’s memoir Untranquil Recollections: The Years of Fulfilment by Sage Publications, which covers the birth of the nationalist movement, how it developed into the freedom struggle, and eventually the Liberation War.
Following that, the main attraction of today, Shobha De will take the stage and this legendary opinion maker will talk to Antara Ganguli about a lifetime as one of India’s most outspoken independent voices.
The international literary conclave kicked off on Thursday morning as Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the three-day extravaganza.
On the first day, a special issue of quarterly of Kathmundu, ‘Himal Southasia’ was launched which highlighted solely on Bangladesh. Following the launch of the issue named ‘The Bangladesh, a panel was held between Afsan Chowdhury, Prashanta Tripura, Kasia Paprocki, and Garga Chatterjee.Paradox where a discussion session moderated by Himal Southasian’s editor Aunohita Mojimdar took place.
The conversation focused on finding out the reason of why Bangladesh is sidelined in the international media despite having volumes of stories to tell. They also shared their views on various political aspects of Bangladesh in the south Asian context: including its geopolitical issues, language, and race.
The Dhaka Lit Fest was previously known as ‘Hay Festival Dhaka’, which was first launched four years ago, over 250 participants from 13 different countries took part last year, and attended by more than 20,000 visitors. As in previous years, the festival features author readings and panel discussions. The festival takes inspiration from Bangladesh’s great literary tradition while broadening its horizons. Creative thinkers from the region and thirteen different countries engaged with the vibrant, energetic and politically savvy audience at this energetic, thought-provoking festival.
Noted that this festival is free for all. Registration is a prerequisite and e-tickets must be presented every time when entering the venue during the 3 day event. E-tickets are acceptable in any format (Print or on an electronic device).