The Kerala Literature Competition (KLF) went on-line on Friday.
The pageant, which grew in stature and recognition since its first version in 2016, would proceed via the remainder of the 12 months on YouTube and elsewhere on social media. The sixth version was scheduled to be held in January this 12 months, however the COVID-19 pandemic pressured the organisers to cancel it.
For the book-lovers of Kozhikode and the Malabar area, the choice had come as a disappointment. The KLF has been very a lot the annual cultural spotlight of Malabar and 1000’s would come to the Kozhikode seashore for 4 days to take heed to among the brightest minds in India and abroad talking on all kinds of topics.
“We thought we might do a pageant on-line,” stated A.Okay. Abdul Hakeem, normal convenor, KLF. “We have now deliberate a collection of occasions, together with talks and discussions by eminent personalities from literature and different fields, which will likely be streamed each first and second Saturday from June. Among the many confirmed audio system are historian Romila Thapar and novelist Arundhati Roy.”
The inaugural day, although, belonged to poetry. About 50 poets, from 9 nations, recited their poems. Amongst them have been Asmaa Azaizeh and Amir Or, respectively from Palestine and Israel, two nations very a lot within the information lately. A poet from Lakshadweep was additionally there. Ismath Hussain’s poem handled the issues of individuals residing within the islands.
The spectacular line-up of poets included Balachandran Chullikad, Okay.G. Sankara Pillai, Prabha Varma, Rafeeq Ahamed, Salma, Kutty Revathy, Mamta Sagar, Taslima Nasreen, Menka Shivdasani, Savita Singh, Murukan Kattakada, Les Wicks (Australia), Francis Combes (France), Amanda Bell (Eire) and Zingonia Zingone (Italy).
The web pageant was inaugurated by Tradition Minister Saji Cherian. The organisers are hopeful of bringing the pageant again to the Kozhikode seashore subsequent 12 months.