BENGALURU: The Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF), the city’s biggest crowd-funded literature gathering, has invariably nailed it when it comes to the mood of the moment. Last year, it was about freedom of speech. This year, the raging #MeToo movement, fake news and decriminalisation of Section 377 could well occupy the centerstage when its seventh edition opens this weekend. “Any lit fest strives to be an allrounder. While choosing speakers, one keeps an eye on the factual world along with the fictional, because the former informs the latter noticeably,” said festival director Shinie Antony. “None of these topics — fake news, Section 377, etc — are sensational. They are realities that are finally not being swept under the carpet. Future literature will take note of all these facts.” The two-day event is themed ‘Young Voices, Relevant Noises’, which the organisers said is a conscious bid to include younger speakers like Aatish Taseer, Roanna Gonsalves, Manu Pillai, Snigdha Poonam and Rajith Savanadasa. There will also be veterans like Ramachandra Guha, Vijay Seshadri, Shashi Deshpande, Shashi Tharoor and Sophie Hannah, apart from senior mediapersons. Last year, with the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh’s looming large, BLF was called “Speak Up, Speak Out”. The… Read full this story
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