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India: Regional authors set to come together for Gateway Litfest

In February, a one-of-its-kind literary festival will bring together regional language authors on one platform, to give vernacular writings the same recognition as Indian English literature.

Gateway Litfest, to be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts on February 14 and 15, is an initiative by Mohan Kakanadan, editor of Mumbai-based Malayalam literary magazine, Kaakka.

“In its inaugural edition, the fest will focus on seven languages — Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Oriya. While Indian authors writing in English, and even in Hindi, have several popular national platforms, there is none for vernacular authors even as their contribution to Indian literature is immense,” said Kakanadan.

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Indian writers’ focus on personal agonies denies them place in world literature, says novelist Sethu

Lack of profound experiences and harsh realities like war and mass exodus are forcing regional writers in India to hold on to themes like personal agonies and dilemmas in their works, eminent Malayalam novelist Sethu observed. The choice of such themes deny them a place in world literature as Indian writers are often forced to harp on personal sorrows, Sethu said here last evening on the sidelines of the release of the English translation of his short story collection A Guest for Arundhati and other stories. Read more