The tenth edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival kicks off with a special focus on the languages of Karnataka – The New Indian Express
BENGALURU: The tenth edition of the Bengaluru Literature Festival (BLF) kicked off on Saturday, with a special focus on the languages of Karnataka and author Chetan Bhagat’s first public offline appearance since the Covid lockdown.
“This year we thought it would be a good idea to showcase the diversity within Karnataka itself, as previously we had many sessions specific to India and the region. What touched us was a recent report that said there were 107 languages spoken in Bangalore alone, “said Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, co-founder of BLF, of the emphasis on the languages of Karnataka.” We thought there was so many people who speak so many languages, how to draw attention to that? ”he said.
The language sessions, titled “The Multi-Language Worlds of Karnataka” were organized by Prateeti Ballal, one of the members involved in the festival. In addition to focusing on multilingualism in Karnataka and India, several sessions focused on several languages like Urdu Dakhni, Konkani, Koraga and Halakki Kannada and their variations and diversions from more common languages.
More than 160 writers and celebrities are expected to speak at the two-day festival, with the first day featuring Chetan Bhagat, Sania Mirza and Aakar Patel among others, who have attended the festival in person and online. Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions were also held, with clients having the chance to speak to authors like Preeti Shenoy, Samanth Subramanian and Pranay Lal, as well as virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang and journalist Aakar Patel.
A session on playwright Girish Karnad with translator Arshia Sattar and journalist Anmol Tikoo, also featured voice recordings by the late playwright on many issues currently prevalent in India.
“As a literature festival, our aim is to be a platform to present a wide range of literature to a wide range of audiences who come here for specific reasons. The languages of Karnataka may not be very familiar, we therefore take the opportunity to attract different authors and attract these audiences to the diversity that exists in Karnataka, ”said Srikrishna.