The 12th edition of the Bengaluru Literature Festival, a two-day event, is set to take place at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru starting on December 2. The festival will feature around 250 authors, including renowned names such as Jnanpith awardee, Chandrashekhara Kambara, Chetan Bhagat, Ramachandra Guha, and Perumal Murugan, among others.
A Literary Extravaganza
The 12th edition of the Bengaluru Literature Festival (BLF) has become a much-anticipated event on the literary calendar. With its rich history of celebrating the written word, BLF offers a platform for literary enthusiasts and authors to come together, exchange ideas, and celebrate the magic of storytelling.
Two Distinct Venues: Seonee and Malgudi
This year, the festival will be spread across two distinct venues: Seonee and Malgudi. These names hold a special significance in the world of literature. Seonee takes its name from the hills where Mowgli was reared, as described in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” Meanwhile, Malgudi is named after the fictional town from R K Narayan’s classic novel “Swami and Friends.”
A Literary Feast
Beyond wide-ranging discussions and book readings, attendees can enjoy a diverse range of cultural experiences. The festival organizers have put together a program that includes Carnatic and Hindustani music performances, fun activities for children, and much more. It’s not just about the books; it’s about celebrating the rich tapestry of culture that surrounds literature.
Awards and Opportunities
The Bengaluru Literature Festival is also a platform to recognize and encourage talent. This year, the festival will feature Atta Galatta, a literary prize that celebrates outstanding contributions to Indian literature. It’s a way to honor those who have made significant contributions to the world of words.
ScreenLit For Screenwriters
For aspiring screenwriters, there’s ScreenLit, a dedicated forum where they can learn, interact with industry experts, and hone their craft. It’s the perfect opportunity for budding screenwriters to take their storytelling skills to the next level.
LitMat For Authors
LitMart is another exciting addition to this year’s festival. It’s a platform where aspiring authors can pitch their book ideas to literary agents, commissioning editors, and publishers. If you have a story waiting to be told, LitMart is where you can potentially turn your literary dreams into reality.
A Decade of Literary Excellence
Since its inception in 2012 as a non-profit trust, the Bangalore Literature Festival has hosted 10 successful editions, drawing over 1,500 authors and speakers from India and around the world. It has become a beacon for literature lovers and a testament to the enduring power of words to inspire, educate, and entertain.