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9th Mountain Echoes Lit Fest to celebrate 50 yrs of India- Bhutan ties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The annual Mountain Echoes literary festival, in its ninth edition, will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between and

An initiative of the India-Foundation and literary agency, Siyahi, the festival that begins on August 23 in Thimphu, will pay tribute to the rich cultural ties between the two nations.

The three-day festival will celebrate untouched beauty, unexplored ideas and unstoppable voices from the heart of the Himalayas, and focus on subjects like spirituality and philosophy, performing arts, environmental conservation, food, as well as film and theatre, among others.

The inaugural session will see V Namgyel, Bhutan's to and Jaideep Sarkar, India's to Bhutan, in conversation with Dasho Chewang Rinzin, Deputy to his Majesty the King of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, leading a discourse on 50 years of friendship between and Bhutan.

The festival will also see sessions by Andrew Quintman, a scholar of Buddhism in Tibet, authors and environmentalists and Dave Goulson, celebrated spoken Sarah Kay, renowned Usha Uthup, and actors and theatre veterans and

Other prominent speakers will include Nilanjana Roy, of "The Wildings", Kunzang Choden, Bhutan's to write an English novel, L Somi Roy, of "Binodini: A Photographic Memoir", Chador Wangmo, of various illustrated children's books, Kezang Dorji, one of Bhutan's most loved rappers, Dechen Roder, director of "Honeygiver Among the Dogs", and

"Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literary Festival, is an exuberant celebration of cultural connectivities, resonating with the joys of books and cinema, the shared narratives of music and folklore , and sport, as well as deep spiritual perspectives, and the challenges of our changing

"This year, we also have a special and important focus honoring the strong ties between India and Bhutan in their 50th year of diplomatic relations," Namita Gokhale, founder and of the festival, said.

This year the festival will combine the breathtaking locales of Bhutan with its cultural prowess.

"The niche festival will spark the imagination of both local and global audiences through a diverse range of electrifying conversations," Tshering Tashi, eminent Bhutanese author and festival co-director, said.

The festival will also explore global and locally relevant subjects related to natural history, travel and poetry, including a tribute to 50 years of the Beatles in India, amongst others.

It will come to a close on August 25.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 14:40 IST