GUWAHATI, Dec 15 - With an aim to provide a platform to budding writers to engage in dialogue and debate with authors of national and international repute, the National Book Trust, India and the Government of Assam are jointly organising a three-day Brahmaputra Literary Festival from January 28, 2017 at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here.The festival is an attempt at fostering a better understanding about the literary and cultural landscape of the region at the national and international levels.
Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, Chief Secretary of the State VK Pipersenia said that this festival is going to emerge as one of the major attractions of the State.
Elaborating on the name chosen for the literary festival, the Chief Secretary said that it is a tribute to the mighty river which is the soul of the civilisation here.
National Book Trust Chairman Baldeo Bhai Sharma, who was also present at the press conference, said that Assam and the other states of the region have a rich heritage of art, culture and literature and the festival will strive to take this treasure trove to the international community.
“Assam is a reservoir of talents. The unique cultural heritage has bestowed a distinct identity on the State. We should promote the rich cultural aspect of the State,” said Sharma.
Director of National Book Trust Rita Chowdhury said that the festival is a big opportunity for the young writers to expand their horizon. “The festival is going to create a bridge of friendship and happiness through the medium of books,” she added.
It needs to be mentioned here that the festival is likely to witness participation of nearly 75 authors including children book artists, graphic artists, film makers, script writers and others.