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All that will happen at GALF 2017

07 Dec 2017 05:43am IST
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07 Dec 2017 05:43am IST
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The eighth edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) that commences on December 7, 2017, will be bringing several eminent writers to Goa



The eighth edition of the Goa Arts and Literature

Festival (GALF) will get underway with its inaugural session on December 7, 2017 at the Maquinez Palace Complex in Panjim. For the next three days, December 8 to 10, GALF 2017 will be held at The International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula.

Noted editor Mini Krishnan and eminent historian Ramachandra Guha will deliver the keynote addresses at the inauguration ceremony on the evening of December 7.

In keeping with its commitment to celebrate the margins, inspired from the idea developed by the late Eunice de Souza, who passed away earlier this year, that there are different ways of belonging, GALF 2017 will showcase writers, poets and others from a wide range of Indian languages, including Konkani and Marathi.

The inaugural function will also see the unveiling of the official artwork of GALF 2017 prepared by the well-known Goan artist Hanuman Kambli.

GALF 2017 will see the participation of many prominent and acclaimed authors, poets, journalists and artists from India and abroad, from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, UK and the USA. Besides writers in English and Konkani, others writing in languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Malyalam, and Maithili will also be attending GALF 2017. These include Sahitya Akademi Award winners Ganesh Devy, Ramachandra Guha, Jerry Pinto and Ranjit Hoskote, along with the 2015 Man Booker Prize nominee Anuradha Roy. Many delegates like Rakhshanda Jalil and Prerna Singh Bindra are attending GALF for the first time. The North Eastern Council (NEC) is sending several writers from the region including Padma Shri award winner Patricia Mukhim.

Several international participants including Singaporean Edwin Thumboo and Gabriel Rosenstock (Ireland) will be seen at GALF 2017.

GALF 2017 will also host Nitin Gokhale, the author of ‘Securing India the Modi Way: Pathankot, Surgical Strikes and More’ (2017), which includes interviews with former defence minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval; Prashant Jha, the author of ‘How the BJP Wins: Inside India’s Greatest Election Machine’ (2017); and the ‘Asia Reborn’ (2017) author Prasenjit K Basu as part of its focus on history, contemporary Indian politics and international relations.

There will be exclusive book launches by Tishani Doshi and Goa’s own Salil Chaturvedi and Victor Rangel Ribeiro.

Among the Goa based and Goan writers are Angela Ferrao, Anthony Gomes, Amrita Narayanan, Ankita Verma Datta, Anthony M Barreto, Arunadha Goyal, Ashley D’Mello, Brian Mendonsa, Celsa Pinto, Dale Luis Menezes, Damodar Mauzo, Datta Damodar Naik, David de Souza, Fatima M Noronha, Frederick Noronha, Hema Myer Sood, Heta Pandit, Isabel Santa Rita Vas, Ishita Banerjee-Dube, Janeita (Jugneeta) Sudan, Jayanti Naik, Jessica Faleiro, Jose Lourenco, Kaustubh Naik, Kiran Budkuley, Kornelia Santoro, Kripi Malviya, Leornard Fernandes, Margaret Mascarenhas, Manohar Shetty, Nandkumar Mukund Kamat, Neeta Raghunath Torne, Nilankur Das, Odette Mascarenhas, Pantaeleao Fernandes, Parag Rangnekar, Patricia Pereira-Sethi, Prashanti Talpankar, Pundalik Narayan Naik, Raviraj Naik, Sahil Chaturvedi, Sandesh Prabhudesai, Saurabh Dube, Sonia Shirsat, Sushila Sawant Mendes, Tanaji Halarnakar, Tanvi Bambolkar, Varun Sahni, Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, Vishvesh Kandolkar, Vivek Menezes, Wendell Rodricks and Yuganak Naik.

Exclusive bookstalls by Broadway Book Centre, The Dogears Bookshop, The Other India Press, Niyogi Books, Oxford University Press and Jaico Books will be set up at ICG for the duration.

As in earlier years, GALF 2017 will have a special focus for children and young people, both school and college students. The organisers plan to line up leading authors and books for specifically tailored programmes that are accessible and enjoyable for the youngest visitors.

GALF 2017 seeks the collaboration and participation of schools and colleges across Goa. Students attending the festival will find a fairly large number of sessions, discussions, readings and performances to their interest. GALF 2017 promises to reach larger numbers of people with its quality and variety of programmes and delegates.

GALF 2017 is free and open to all.

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