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The third edition of Gujarat Literature Festival (GLF) will start on January 8. The theme of the three-day event will be “films as the new literature”.
The event will see over 50 sessions, featuring more than 100 speakers, including London-based economist Lord Meghnad Desai, Malayalam poet K Satchidanandan, film director Sriram Raghavan, scriptwriters Varun Grover and Anjum Rajabali.
Rajabali, who has worked for movies like Drohkaal, Ghulam, The legend of Bhagat Singh, Rajneeti and Satyagragh, will be present in the inaugural debate and also conduct a master class. Grover, writer of Masaan, and Raghavan, director of Badlapur, Ek Hasina Thi and Agent Vinod, will also conduct master classes.
The event will be hosted at Kanoria Centre for Arts. GLF director Samkit Shah said, “All the events will be running parallel on four venues. For the first time, we are also offering sessions in Malayalam, Rajasthani and English.”
Rajendra Patel of Matrubhasha Abhiyaan, who is also part of GLF, said there will be book releases during all three days of the literary festival.
Another GLF participant, Gujarati film director Abhishek Jain said, “Many well known personalities of Bollywood, including Rajabali and Grover, are going to share their experience about the changing trend in films and how literature affect the movies.”
Director of Kanoria Centre for Arts Niharika Shah said the centre would also host a photo exhibition of Kanu Gandhi, grand nephew of Mahatma Gandhi, which will be later shifted to Sabarmati Ashram.