The LIC-Gateway LitFest will be inaugurated on February 14, 2015 at Sunken Garden, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai at 10:30 AM. Prathibha Ray will welcome the gathering.
Veteran film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan will deliver the keynote address. The festival will honour Jnanpith winner Pratibha Ray and veteran Gujarati writer Sitanshu Yashaschandra.
Eminent speakers at the event includes PP Balachandran, K Satchidanandan, Govind Nihalani, Bose Krishnamachari and Nandita Das. Also on the cards are the felicitation of Literature Quiz winners.
One nation, sole platform, 50 writers, 100 styles and nine languages. The LIC-LitFest is setting a new precedent. Mumbai will witness the confluence of a gamut of prolific writers from vivid India languages, discussing, debating, reviving and reinvigorating the vibrant regional literary streams that made India over the centuries. Bengali,Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya and Tamil will take the centre stage along with English and Hindi on the same venue.
Authors, film personalities, publishers, journalists, corporate leaders and book lovers will hobnob for two days. Budding writers will share the stage with Jnanpith awardees and Akademi award winners, setting the tone for intellectual discourses on literature.
Mohan Kakanadan, Executive Director, LIC-Gateway LitFest is presenting the first regional language literature festival in the country. Entry is free and will open from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM on a first come first served basis. Around 50 great minds from different parts of India will deliberate on various issues pertaining to literature, art, theatre and cinema.