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9th Mountain Echoes registers footfall of over 17,000


Press Trust of India New Delhi
The curtains on the ninth edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival went down with a renewed camaraderie between Bhutan and India, registering a footfall of over 17,000 people.
"There has been an increase in registrations and footfalls from last year. The 2018 edition saw footfalls of over 17,000 through the three days," organisers said.
The three-day festival that began on August 23, saw 74 speakers, including 42 from Bhutan, 26 from India and several names from the rest of the world including Sarah Kay, Daniel C Taylor, Andrew Quintman, Tony Robinson Smith, Professor George van Driem, and Dave Gouslon.
Aiming to promote the love of reading and storytelling across genres and mediums, the organisers said that the festival has helped expand the reach of literature in the Himalayan country.
"Owing to the festival, Bhutan has witnessed a remarkable increase in the number of books being sold, bookstores being opened, book clubs being hosted and even in the number of research scholars at local universities," they said.
In its ninth edition, the festival celebrated 50 years of Indo-Bhutan diplomatic relations.
Over the course of three days, it raised uncomfortable yet pertinent questions on topics like environment, theatre, and art, alongside enthralling and interactive sessions on music, dance and martial arts.
Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sanjana Kapoor, and Usha Utthup were among the speakers who enjoyed a full-house at the literary event.
An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation, in association with the Indian literary agency, Siyahi, Mountain Echoes came to a close on August 25.

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First Published: Aug 29 2018 | 4:55 PM IST

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