9th Dhaka Lit Fest inaugurates in city
The ninth edition of Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF), an internationally recognised literary festival in Bangladesh, is underway at Bangla Academy in the city. The festival has started on November 7 and will continue till November 9.
The State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid MP was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the festival. He inaugurated the fest along with the publisher of 'Dhaka Tribune' and DLF Director--- Kazi Anis Ahmed and Sadaf Saaz, co-director of DLF Ahsan Akbar, Bangladeshi-born British author Monica Ali and Director General of Bangla Academy Habibullah Sirazi on November 7 at Bangla Academy premises.
The opening ceremony was initiated with a performance titled 'Ay Amader Angane' by the artistes of famous dance troupe named 'Shadhona'. The performance was based on Tagore's book of poem 'Brikkhoropon'.
Over 200 literary professionals, performers and intellectuals from five continents of the world take part at this year's festival. The lineup of this year features Bangladeshi born British award-winning author and Booker Prize finalist Monica Ali, literary icon Shankar, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jeffrey Gettleman, historian William Dalrymple, writer Shashi Tharoor, DSC Prize-winning writer HM Naqvi, poet Tishani Doshi, novelist and the editor of the daily newspaper 'Kaler Kontho', award-winning author Swapnamoy Chakraborty, poet and journalist Mridul Dasgupta, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Kaiser Haq and Shaheen Akhtar, among others. The three day-long festival comprises over 90 sessions regarding art and literature. There will also be screening of films and photography exhibition at the event. The festival is free and open for all.
The goal of this festival is to make Dhaka a global literary hub. Supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, The festival sheds light on bringing the Western and South Asian writers on the same floor. The festival also aims at improvising the zest for literature among Bangladeshi youths.
Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune are the title sponsors of the event, with City Bank Limited as the platinum sponsor and Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) as the gold sponsor.
Brac Bank, Southeast Bank Limited and Dhaka Bank are the silver sponsors while the British Council is the strategic partner of the fest.