Spotlight on Singapore at Hyderabad literature festival


by Zafar Anjum

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Zafar Anjum (far left) with Esther David and Tabish Khair after the panel discussion at the Hyderabad Literature Festival.

THOUGH Hyderabad is famous for its biryani and pearls, it recently had a “taste” of Singapore – a brush with the island nation’s art and literature.

The richness and diversity of Singapore’s literature and culture was on show at the Hyderabad Literature Festival (HLF) 2016 from Jan 7 to 10 where Singapore was featured as the “Guest Nation”.

Mr Roy Kho, Singapore’s consul-general in Chennai, was a guest of honour at the inauguration of HLF 2016, and six writers and nearly as many artistes presented their work at the festival in readings, panel discussions, workshops and cultural events.

“Although Singapore didn’t have a literary scene until recently, people are getting more interested in literature, poetry and other works of art. There are many libraries and theatres that have opened up and creative writing is taught at many universities now.

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