With a promise to promote Bangali literature and culture to the global community, International Literary Festival for the fifth time is being held on the premises of Bangla Academy in the capital with new name Dhaka Lit Fest.
The three-day literary event began on Thursday where people with different languages and culture gathered with a common goal to foster literature practices has virtually turned into a platform of sharing and exchanging diversified literatures and culture.
On the first day, Nobel Prize winning scientist Harold Varmus has given a wide-ranging talk covering the excitement of basic science research, government and science policy and the future of global healthcare at the main stage.
A novel titled "Blame" written by Bangladeshi born Swedish novelist Dilruba Z Ara, was launched at the Bhasha Stage on first day of the Dhaka Lit Fest. The book was published by University Press Limited.
Syeda Samira Sadeque, staff reporter at the Dhaka Tribune, read out some portions of the book "Blame" at the launching session, which was participated by a large number of literature-loving people.
While talking to visitors at the Dhaka Lit Fest, they described this literary festival as an excellent platform for both literature-loving people, authors and other stakeholders, which eventually will diversify literature practices.
Kajsa Aldstedt, intern (migration) of Swedish Embassy in Bangladesh, said "I am delighted to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Dhaka Lit Fest.... Really it is a lively gathering of the people with different languages."
"It is for the first time, I am visiting such a literary festival in Bangladesh and I think people of both Bangladesh and Sweden nurture very similar love in their hearts for literature," she added.
Dr. Zahirul Islam, Programme Officer Health of Swedish Embassy in Bangladesh, said "I visited last year's Hay Festival Dhaka (former name of the festival). I hope this international literary event will enrich our bangla literature and culture as it appears as a wonderful gathering of writers, poets, publishers with different language and cultures."
Kazi Anis Ahmed, director of Dhaka Lit fest, said this international literarily festival is being held in Bangladesh for the fifth time under the new name, "Dhaka Lit Fest". Previously, it was held with the name of Hay Festival, he added.
"Our main objective was to project our literature, culture and tradition at international level through this literary festival. Bangladeshi writers so far have been popularized through this festival," he added.
Kazi Anis, also a promising writer in English language, said internationally renowned literary journal Wasafiri for the first time has devoted an entire issue to covering Bangladeshi writings and writers. He described the coverage of Wasafiri as a milestone in the arena of Bangla literature.
Sadaf Saz Siddiqui, one of the directors of Dhaka Lit Fest, said "From very beginning, I am deeply involved with the initiative of holding International Literary festival in Bangladesh . I myself and all my colleagues have been working for promoting Bangali literature at the international level."
"One of the main aims of this international literary festival is to create a scope for our young talents to interact with globally acclaimed intellectuals, writers and other renowned persons," she added.
The organizers sources said Dhaka Lit Fest has been highly successful in providing an international platform for Bangladesh and in inspiring new writers. It is both stimulating interest in world literature and English Language writing and helping to brining the creativity and talents of Bangladeshi writers to the world stage.
It is complemented in its success by the growth of new English literary journals such as Bengal Lights and six seasons Review and the development of the Library of Bangladesh by the Dhaka Translation Centre, which exists to promote English translations of Bangla works to the world at large, they added.
Over 60 experts from different fields including literature, science, journalism and filmmaking are taking part in the three-day event.