HLF pays special attention to one Indian language at each edition of the festival. This feature was introduced at the third edition of the festival in 2013 and Telugu, Hindi, and Urdu have been the languages in focus so far. In recognition of the historical links Hyderabad has had with Maharashtra for over three centuries, HLF will spotlight Marathi literature and culture at its sixth edition slated for 7-10 Jan 2016.
A range of events highlighting the richness and vibrancy of Marathi literature, art, and culture and featuring eminent Marathi writers, artistes, and activists are on the cards at HLF 2016.
- Panel discussion on Marathi Dalit literature featuring Sharan Kumar Limbale, Urmila Pawar, and Pradnya Daya Pawar
- Panel discussion on Marathi theatre with Mohan Agashe, Sushama Deshpande, and Sonali Kulkarni
- Panel discussion on the Endangered Languages of Maharashtra led by Arun Jakhade
- A session of Marathi poetry reading anchored by Hemant Divate
- A presentation on Urmila Pawar’s autobiography Aaydaan by Sushama Deshpande
- A story-telling and activity session in Marathi by Sandhya Taksale
- Performance of the play “White Lily and Night Rider” by Sonali Kulkarni and her troupe
- Performance by eminent flutist Rupak Kulkarni
- Screening of several award-winning Marathi films
- Impromptu snatches of Lavani dance.
Entry to HLF is free and open to all!