Kumaon Literary Festival commences its journey from Delhi

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Published: September 20, 2015 12:01:35 AM

There’s another literary festival on the circuit: the Kumaon Literary Festival (KLF), to be held in the lap of the Himalayas from October 23-27, 2015.

There’s another literary festival on the circuit: the Kumaon Literary Festival (KLF), to be held in the lap of the Himalayas from October 23-27, 2015. The five-day event is India’s first travelling literary festival that will take guests to the enchanting little Himalayan village of Dhanachuli for the first three days and then to the pristine lake town of Nainital for the last two days. A not-for-profit initiative, KLF will bring together eminent authors, cinema and media personalities, political commentators, thought leaders and opinion makers of the country for a unique festival to be held in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

At an event held in New Delhi on Saturday evening at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Sumant Batra, founder of Kumaon Literary Festival said, “KLF is the first literary festival from which stem out a number of social and other programmes with tangible deliverables and measurable outcomes, which also dovetail back into the festival adding value to the lit fest. Fellows of Nature, Literary Bhagidari and Women Unlimited Series are formidable initiatives that will contribute to institutionalising the festival.”

Francois Vandeville, director, French Institute in India, Sujata Parashar and Siddhartha Gigoo (Asia winner of Commonwealth Short Story Award 2015) launched the Fellows of Nature (FON) project that aims to revive interest in nature writing and reading, build awareness and develop respect for nature, and eventually help in conservation. fe Features

This project is in partnership with NHP Centre, the producer of KLF, French Institute in India, Wildlife Trust of India and Wisdom Tree. The project will entail inviting nation-wide submissions of short stories on the theme of nature. fe Features

The KLF Women Unlimited Series is another initiative of the fest, which highlights one of the outstanding features of KLF – that over 50% participants are women.

The Literary Bhagidari project was also launched to involve the literary community in mentoring the youth and help in conserving nature, wildlife, heritage and culture through their work.

The event also witnessed the launch of K-Lit, a mobile application – the first by any literary festival in the country. The mobile application will allow the users to watch the proceedings of KLF live, receive live updates including pictures and participate in a quiz.

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