Namma Chennai's Own Literary Fest, Literally - The New Indian Express

Namma Chennai's Own Literary Fest, Literally

Published: 04th January 2014 07:54 AM

Last Updated: 04th January 2014 07:54 AM

The first edition of Chennai’s very own Literary Festival, which has been planned along the lines of other well-known events such as the Jaipur Literary Festival, is all set to take place from January 9 to 11. The festival, which will be inaugurated by Governor K Rosaiah, is being organised by the Chennai Literary Association (CLA).

Speaking at a press conference here recently, the Chairman of CLA informed that the festival is being supported by organisations such as the Booksellers and Publishers’ Association of South India, National Book Trust of India and Central Institute of Classical Tamil.  He added, “The festival will include a gamut of activities and workshops on various topics such as theatre, review-writing, story telling, script-writing and social media.”

He further emphasised that the festival would aim to revive the slowly diminishing literary enthusiasm for traditional literature. He said, “Apart from the above topics, a few new topics which are unique to our traditional literary history such as Tribal Literature, Semmozhi Illakkiyam and Street Play have also been included.”

The association had already been conducting several competitions and literary exercises at various colleges in the city for the past one month. He said “Several colleges including Ethiraj, Loyola and Vivekananda College have participated with enthusiasm. The announcement of results of these competitions and prize distribution will take place on the concluding day of the festival at a mega event to be held at Ethiraj College for Women.” According to the Secretary of CLA, Hemalatha Rajan, the association has roped in several academic institutions for organising the event with the aim of synergising the potential of academic institutions under one umbrella.

The inaugural function of the festival, which is to be held at the University of Madras, will witness participation from well known names in literary circles such as Mahesh Dattani and S Ramakrishnan along with representatives from the academic circles such as the Vice Chancellor of Madras University  R Thandavan.

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