If literature mirrors life, can literary festivals be far behind? The last weekend of October will see literature enthusiasts headed to one venue – the lawns of The Lalit Ashok for the 7th edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF). The theme of this year’s fest is “Young Voices, Relevant Noises”.
The 7th edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival 2018 will be held on October 27 and 28, at The Lalit Ashok Lawns, Bengaluru. This is a unique forum where budding authors get a chance to pitch their book idea to literary agents, commissioning editors and publishers.
The literature festival will have a segment – the ‘LitMart’ where editors and publishers will listen to would-be writers. The jury includes VK Karthika (Westland), Renuka Chatterjee (Speaking Tiger) and Shantanu Chaudhuri (Penguin). From the uproar over the #MeToo movement on social media to the aftermath of the ruling down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, BLF has several compelling panels, featuring some of the best known names from the world of writing. BLF is also going to have a panel on #MeToo with Sister Jesme and journalists Barkha Dutt and Sandhya Menon; a session on Section 377 with Aatish Taseer, Vasudhendra, Robert Dessaix, Anjali Gopalan. The Festival is India’s largest independent and community-funded literary conclave and Bengaluru city’s flagship annual literary.
This edition of the festival have over 150 authors and speakers from across the country including Ramachandra Guha, Chetan Bhagat and Shashi Tharoor. This year, the festival will introduce panels on cartooning, science fiction and some others topics that were previously not part of the event.
The Lalit Ashok is being hosts for the second time. The format of the event and the vast sprawling spaces of The Lalit gives the festival a picnic flavor and encourages one to spend an entire day there. People from all walks of life congregate at the BLF and there is definitely something for everyone.
The event will feature musical performances by sitar-cello duet Pandit Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas and an all-women band led by Saxphone Lavanya.
Plan your weekend. Entry to the event is free.