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Yogi Adityanath govt to host international literature festival with Indian touch in Varanasi in October

“It would be a break from events focusing on western writers like the Jaipur Litfest,” a senior UP govt official said. BHU is expected to partner with the state govt and co-host the LitFest on its campus.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 20, 2017, 11.56 PM IST
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Yogi govt wants to make the three-day event an annual affair with a focus to make it a part of India’s literary calendar to promote Indian writers.
NEW DELHI: A LitFest, which will focus on Indian literature and writers from our country, will debut in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi this October.

The Yogi Adityanath government will be organising this fest, which is being called an ‘International Literary Festival’, despite its distinct Indian flavour. The Banaras Hindu University is expected to partner with the state government and co-host the LitFest on its campus.

The three-day event will become an annual affair with the UP government keen on making it a part of India’s literary calendar to promote the works of Indian writers.

The speciality of the Varanasi LitFest is that it aims to connect people to the “host (Indian) literature and culture”, as per a proposal put out by the state government to hire an event management company to organise the LitFest.

The state government says it wants to bind together visitors and the local community through their love for Indian literature and stimulate interest in Indian Literature, especially in Hindi and other regional languages and local dialects.
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“It would be a break from events focusing on western writers like the Jaipur Litfest,” a senior UP government official said.

But why call it an “international” literary festival? The UP government claims that the festival, through its curation and design, will reach out to a global audience. “It aims to ensure the creation of a vibrant literary and cultural experience for fans and followers of Indian literature,” the proposal states. “Varanasi is a land of learning and literature. UP government will leave no stone unturned to make the LitFest here a roaring success,” a senior UP official said.

The event would involve panel discussions, book launches, book readings, themed panaromas and literary journeys through the writings of famous writers of the country as well as cultural shows. Around 500 attendees are expected daily.

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