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.
The sixth edition of the festival also featuring writers — Sir Vidia, Pulitzer Prize winner American-Indian poet Vijay Seshadri, 2016 Man Booker Prize winner Deborah Smith and winner of 2014 European Union Prize for Literature Evie Wyld.
Over 200 talents and more than 60 guests of the literary world from 18 countries are expected to be attending the event.
There will be some 100 panels during the three-day event, which will also feature cultural programme, folk performances, poetry recitations, an editing workshop, children’s programme and film screenings.
The festival will feature Bangladesh’s traditional musical programme — Jaari Gaan, Behula Lokhindar and Pala Gaan — to highlight the country’s rich culture and history.
Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan on Sunday said the festival for the last several years has been very important in introducing Bangladesh’s literature to the world stage, and expected that it will continue to do so.
The organisers said entry to the festival will require no ticket, but registration, which can be done at the entrance or through www.dhakalitfest.com.
The festival is being produced by Jatrik, with Bangla Academy as the co-host and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs as special partner. The British Council is the gold partner; Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune are the title sponsors, with Brac as platinum sponsor; and Energis and Purnava the gold sponsors.