The 2nd edition of the Arunachal Literature Festival, 2019 will be held at the DK Convention Centre here from November 27 to 29 under the aegis of Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), GoAP in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS).
Addressing a press meet here today, IPR Director Obang Tayeng said, “The LitFest aims to create awareness on importance of literature and its impact on society, while also providing a platform for the local writers. We hope to encourage the youths to take up creative writing seriously through the fest and make a career out of it.”
Sahitya Akademi awardee and APLS president Y D Thongchi informed that the three-day event is expected to feature a host of eminent writers from the South-Asian countries including Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal etc, besides the authors and poets of national repute.
“This year we have broadened the participation of authors and speakers with panels on topics like ‘Nationalism in present scenario’, ‘North-East as a different genre’, ‘Challenges in developing indigenous scripts’, ‘Literature and cinema’, etc.”
“The fest stresses much importance to local literature which is very important for the survival of indigenous people. In this regard, panels with the developer of Wancho script Banwang Losu and the ‘Tani Lipi’ script inventor Tony Koyu will once again be included in this year’s edition,” added Thongchi.
Besides, book exhibition and film shows will be dovetailed with the LitFest 2019 to make it more interesting. National award-winning film ‘In the Land of Poison Women’, based on the book ‘Bishakanyar Deshot’ by Thongchi, which depicts an individual’s effort to break the myth of ‘poison women’ in a remote part of Arunachal Pradesh is also set to be screened during the fest.
The fest will also hold a line-up of cultural events, on-the-spot painting competition and poetry competition among students with the opportunity to recite their poems in the festival.