The Kolkata Literature Festival was held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of February at the Milan Mela grounds as a part of the International Kolkata Book Fair. The festival saw authors from India, as well as several other countries take part in discussions about prose, poetry, music, films and dance. Three days, participation from 10 countries and over 25 sessions was what made up #KLF17. There were also several performances staged by renowned artist of the city.
Durjoy Datta and Chetan Bhagat were undoubtedly the biggest crowd pullers of the three days. Durjoy Datta discussed his love for literature while Chetan Bhagat spoke about everything from his writing being made into films and even politics!
Discussions were not restricted to books and literature as there were also sessions on films. Actress Divya Dutta was present to talk about her book “Me & Ma.” Saroo Brierley was also present to talk about his book ‘A Long Way Home’ which was adapted into the Oscar nominated movie ‘Lion’.
Vernacular languages, like Hindi, Bengali and Nepali also had separate sessions which saw authors speak on those specific areas.
The festival was also attended by authors from Egypt, Wales, Scotland and several other countries. Some authors, like Sion Tomos Owen, also came to the city as a part of ‘The Valley, the city, the village’ project which had a few authors touring the City of Joy and using this experience in their writing. This is a project in association with the Wales Arts International, under which Bengali, Welsh and English works will be compiled in a book. It is an inter-cultural endeavour.
The evenings also saw varied cultural performances. While Dohar performed on the second day,Dona Ganguly and her troupe, Diksha Manjari performed on the third day leaving the audience mesmerized. Performance poetry was also part of one session.
Kolkata Bloggers was a proud online partner of the event. Interviews, live blogging and live tweeting, complete with graphics was done by the Kolkata Bloggers team. You can read all the posts here : http://www.kolkatabookfair.net/blog/