Literature culture rings in the Himalayas at Bhutan litfest

Seen as a window to unmask the shrouded mystery of Bhutan by celebrating its literature, art, culture and music, the annual “Mountain Echoes” festival’s fifth edition kicks off here Thursday.

The three day festival promises to offer a balanced account of many myths, peek into Bhutan’s textiles and soulful music, along with staple dose of democracy, crime and gender writing.

An initiative of the India Bhutan Foundation, the festival is managed by Indian non-profit literature promotion group Siyahi with the support of Bhutan’s queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck who is the chief royal patron of the festival.

Leading Indian household consumer durables company Usha International is one of the main sponsors of the festival that will go on till May 24 at Nehru Wangchuck Centre and Taj Tashi in Thimphu.

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