Exotic. One needs to think twice before associating the word to literature festivals. But when it’s closely associated to celebrating art and culture, striking a balance between all the things it is about it may not look exotic after all. In its fifth edition, Kerala Literature Festival brings in an exotic blend of concerts and cultural performances ranging from classical, Sufi, rock music, Kathakali and Flamenco performances.
An overture to the cultural nights would be the stage adaptation of K.R. Meera’s Bhagavante Maranam by Kanal theatre group on the 15th of January a day before the inauguration. The winner of the 2016 Ramon Magsasay Award, known for his attempts to break the conventional concepts associated with the ‘classical’ branch of music will perform on 16th January, the inaugural day of the fest.
Bringing in the Spanish flavour would be the Flamenco performance recognized as the Master Piece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations. Flamenco, an intricate dance form best represents the cultural heritage of Spain, which is the guest nation to the fifth edition of Kerala Literature Festival. The show of rhythm will be brought out by Casa De La India on the 17th January, 2020. The day will also witness a Kathakali performance by the pride of Malayali hearts, Kalamandalam Gopi. With the rock band Olam performing on 18th January 2020, the cultural kaleidoscope on its final day will feature the Sufi musician, lyricist Madangopal Singh.
The mix of folk, rock and the classical gives everyone a chance to experience it all, after a long day of debates and discussions. With the cultural nights in place, KLF, is on par with its aim to broaden its horizons in terms of art and culture.