While the country’s elite disappeared to the Swiss Alps this summer, some set off to the mystical land of Bhutan. Our Westcoast resident tells us about her experience at the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival: DNA

The country that is fondly called ‘Last Shangri La’ played host to the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, an initiative by the India Bhutan Foundation.  Spanning across three days, the literary fest brought together writers, environmentalists, scholars, photographers, poets, musicians and filmmakers to share stories, create memories, and engage in a cultural dialogue. 

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.

The four-day literary feast Mountain Echoes 2013 that brought writers, authors, musicians with many thought provoking and informative sessions on diverse subjects, intriguing discussions, and musical concerts came to a close on Sunday evening. An initiative by the India-Bhutan Foundation, Mountain Echoes is produced by Siyahi. Richa Shukla’s report in The Times of India.

Dr Karma Phuntsho discussed his work withPramod Kumar KG. He spoke about his chronicling of Bhutanese history in the book Reviews: History of Bhutan. Jerry Pinto andSathya Saran spoke about the many lives of Jerry Pinto. Jerry had the entire audience engaged with the force of his words, as he talked about all the different kinds of work he has done – from his book on Helen to his book on Leela. “No book is worth hurting someone,” he said in answer to Sathya’s question about how he had to take some anecdotes out of his book.

The Times of India reports on the Mountain Echoes Literature Fest

Literature is the glue of mankind. Beyond Time, we are each other’s stories, Namita Gokhale said inaugurating the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival here. This was borne out as names and faces from India and Bhutan – Aparna Sen, Rahul Bose, Amish TripathiLily Wangchukamong them – came onstage after Queen Mother Arshi Dorji Wangmoo Wangchuk on Friday.