Nepal gets its own lit Festival

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Apr 4, 2011-

The first international literature festival to be held in Nepal, the Kathmandu Literary Jatra is set to take place in the nation’s capital from September 16-18. The Kathmandu Literary Jatra will be an annual Literature Festival held in Nepal.

The three-day literary event will be held at the Patan Museum and will host over 30 writers, authors and cultural critics from around the world. Each day will be packed with discussions, readings and performances. The festival will be multi-lingual, utilising English, Nepali and other regional languages.

The festival’s objective is to kindle Nepal’s reading culture and provide a platform for local language literature to engage with its international counterparts. The festival is a product of Nepal’s unique literary heritage and will play a pivotal role in bringing Nepali literature on to the global stage.

Kathmandu Literary Jatra 2011 is a collaborative effort of Nepal Economic Forum and QC Events. The festival will be supported by Nepal Economic Forum—an independent national organisation chaired by author Sujeev Shakya, and will be managed by QC Events, a division of Quixote’s Cove—a bookshop, operated by Pranab Man Singh and Suvani Singh.

The festival’s programmes will be designed under the guidance of Namita Gokhale—co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and authors Manjushree Thapa, Sanjeev Uprety and Rabi Thapa.

The speakers include Manjushree Thapa, Sushma Joshi, Sujeev Shakya, Buddhi Sagar, Kai Bird, Namita Gokhale, Kanak Mani Dixit, Narayan Wagle, Sanjeev Uprety, Gurcharan Das, Deepak Thapa, Neeta Gupta, Samrat Upadhyay, Sheeba Shah, Manjul, Khagendra Sangraula, Devendra Bhattarai, Archana Thapa and Prashant Jha. The festival will rely on funding from a variety of bilateral, multilateral and corporate sponsorships.

Published: 05-04-2011 08:17

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