The much-anticipated 12th edition of the Bengaluru Literature Festival (BLF) is set to unfold at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru, commencing on December 2. With a rich legacy of celebrating the written word, BLF has established itself as a prominent fixture on the literary calendar. This festival serves as a compelling platform for both literary enthusiasts and accomplished authors to convene, exchange ideas, and revel in the enchanting realm of storytelling.
In the forthcoming edition, the festival will take place at two distinct venues: Seonee and Malgudi, names deeply rooted in literary lore. Seonee draws inspiration from the hills where Mowgli was nurtured, a setting depicted in Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book.” Conversely, Malgudi pays homage to the fictional town immortalized by R K Narayan in his renowned novel “Swami and Friends.”
While in attendance, festival-goers can savor a diverse range of cultural experiences. The organizers have meticulously curated a program that encompasses performances of both Carnatic and Hindustani music, engaging activities for children, and more. BLF is not merely about books; it’s a holistic celebration of the vibrant cultural tapestry that envelopes the world of literature.
The Bengaluru Literature Festival also serves as a platform for recognizing and nurturing talent. In this edition, the festival will introduce “Atta Galatta,” a literary prize designed to honor exceptional contributions to Indian literature. This award is a testament to the individuals who have left an indelible mark on the world of words.
For aspiring screenwriters, BLF offers “ScreenLit,” a dedicated forum where they can engage with industry experts, acquire knowledge, and refine their craft. It presents an ideal opportunity for emerging screenwriters to elevate their storytelling skills.
Another exciting addition to this year’s festival is “LitMart,” a platform for aspiring authors to pitch their book ideas to literary agents, commissioning editors, and publishers. For those harboring untold stories, LitMart serves as a conduit for potentially transforming literary dreams into reality.
Since its inception in 2012 as a non-profit trust, the Bengaluru Literature Festival has successfully hosted ten editions, attracting over 1,500 authors and speakers from both India and around the world. It has evolved into a beacon for literature enthusiasts, illustrating the enduring influence of words in inspiring, educating, and entertaining audiences.