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After the success of last year Bangalore hosts the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) - a paradise for scholars in the field of literature from India and around the world. The Garden City of India commemorates the literary diversity, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world for the second consecutive year. BLF bridges the gap between English literature and other regional languages also helping youth to clasp the idea in understanding the power of sound knowledge. The event was spread over for three days at Crowne Plaza, Velankani Park, Electronic City, Bangalore. The Festival was fusion of folk performances, celebrating 100 years of ...view middle of the document...
Many children’s sessions and activity corners have been organised at a tent that’s been called the ‘Makkala Koota’.
It is an indication of how far mainstream Hindi cinema has come that it is now kosher to talk about film writing at high-brow literature festivals. Keeping with this tradition, the Bangalore Literature Festival, which kicked off at Electronics City on Friday, had roped in creative stars of one of the year's break-out hits, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, to talk about the art of writing a biopic.
Adman Prasoon Joshi, whose script for the film has won acclaim, talked about how the life of a legendary, living sportsman was dramatized to create a riveting sports film - and will, it can be hoped, hold forth on how he managed to do so without alienating the subject of the film, as has happened with many biopics (a recent example being Julian Assange's denouncement of the Wikileaks movie, The Fifth Estate ). Joining him was the film's star, the versatile Farhan Akhtar, and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
There were some devout moments too, with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar talking about the nuances of writing about spirituality, while veteran Kannada author Chandrashekhara Kambara was in conversation with C Naganna. Later in the day, William Dalrymple was discussing princes and painters in Mughal Delhi.
At last year's fest, poet Gulzar was a huge draw for those who have grown up humming his songs from films like Ghar, Ijaazat, Aandhi and, more recently, Bunty Aur Babli, Omkara, and Ishqiya. The charismatic poet attended the fest this year too and was in conversation on the first day with Prasoon Joshi, who is also a lyricist.
William Dalrymple an award winning historian and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.
Dalrymple's interests include the history and art of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Muslim world, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jains and early Eastern Christianity. All of his seven books have won major literary prizes, as have his radio and television documentaries.
William Dalrymple talked about the paintings and princes at the times of the Mughal rule in India. He depicted the lifestyle then and how it was different from the traditional life compared to Hindus who lived then.
Kishwar Desai, the author of Sea of Innocence, bases her crime fiction in places not usually considered dangerous, like Jalandhar and Goa. Her books explore themes unusual to crime writing: her first book was on female foeticide. She said her works are meant to jolt her readers into seeing their surroundings in a different light. “I want to make you, the reader, uncomfortable. I want to bring discomfort to an area you know very well.”
The discussion moved on to the things that made them tick. Anita said she could write anywhere, she didn’t need to be in a...