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50 women writers from 17 languages to attend Gateway LitFest

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

From a worker-turned-author to a domestic help who is now a of global acclaim, over 50 women writers from 17 languages will grace the fourth edition of the Gateway LitFest here next week.

This year's Gateway LitFest, which is rated as the largest platform celebrating regional language writings, will have a true slice of women power in contemporary literature, the organisers said today.

The three-day LitFest, with the theme 'Women power in Indian literature', will begin on February 22 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) here, they said.

The roster of speakers has many Sahitya Akademi Award winners and a Jnanpith winner writer,

Nalini Jameela, who was a worker for long in and launched herself into the world of letters with an autobiography, and Baby Haldar, a domestic help before she penned her bestselling autobiography, would attend the event.

The other key speakers include Nitu Bhattacharya, who is a DIG in Kashmir, Patricia Mukhim, the of a popular Meghalayan daily, and leading Dalit- feminist Pradnya Daya Pawar.

Another participant is Jacinta Kerketta, an inspiring from who has made a mark outside the country too, the organisers said.

The other eminent personalities expected at the event include famed filmmaker Aparna Sen, actor- Nandita Das, writers Shobhaa De, Anju Makhija, Devika J, Indu Menon, Kanaka Ha, Karthika VK, Malika Amar Sheikh, Nirupama Dutt, Challapalli Swaroopa Rani, and


"The Gateway LitFest has established itself as the largest national platform that brings together talents from different streams of our vast world of literature," the festival's director, Mohan Kakkanadan, said.

"This time it is going to be the largest gathering of young and experienced women writers from across the country, representing 17 languages," he claimed.

Well-known authors from Assamese, Ahirani, Bengali, Bhojpuri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Khasi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kosali, Malayalam, Marathi, Manipuri, Mythili, Odiya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil languages will be attending the three-day literary jamboree, he added.

What makes it special this time will be the rich and diverse repertoire of women writers, said the LitFest's executive director,

"One session is specially dedicated to seven young woman writers who won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2017, while another will bring together those women who made a mark with their candid and open narrations," he said.

"It is the celebration of our writings as young and experienced authors meet under one roof to debate the literary trends," said another of the festival, M Sabarinath.

"Despite the multiplicity of our languages, there is a unique unity among them all," he said, adding that over 200 authors graced the last three editions of the LitFest.

Globally celebrated filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Subodh Sarkar, veteran Sitamshu Yashachandra, Laxman Gaikwad, writer Sachin Ketkar, and Open Magazine S Prasannarajan are on the advisory panel and will also be speaking at the event.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 11:10 IST
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