The curtain raiser for the fifth edition of Kerala Literature Festival was held in Delhi on Tuesday evening at the residence of Shashi Tharoor. The author and the Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor said, “the state had taken a lead in setting high standards for the written word.”
The event scheduled from January 16th to January 19th 2020 will be held in Kozhikode. The festival director K. Satchidanandan revealed the focus theme of the fest which is Environment and Climate Change. “Gandhi and environment, the Gadgil Report in the context of Kerala’s floods, organic agriculture and the impact of rock mining, deforestation and sand mining on our environment are some of the themes that will be taken up for analysis and debate,” said Satchidanandan at the event.
This edition of the event will introduce the KLF Literature Awards in the categories of Fiction, Non Fiction, Popular Science, Travel and a grand prize for the Best Book in Malayalam; and the Vagamon Residency program, a fully supported residency for writers and artists, which begins in April, which was revealed by Shashi Tharoor at the event.
With Spain as the guest nation, 20 artists, writers and journalists will represent the country. We have five participants from China, and others from the UK, Slovenia, Egypt, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India,” said Ravi Deecee, Chief Facilitator of KLF.
Besides topics related to the environment, debates, discussions and open mics with a focus on women, tribal literature, and Tamil literature will be featured at the event. Cultural events will include Carnatic concerts, Kathakali, rock performances and a Flamenco performance by Spanish artistes.