Arunachal LitFest-2018 sees literary potpourri

Book released

A book – Folksong of Arunachal  Pradesh – (Vol-I), edited by research director Batem Pertin, R.N Koley, S.C Chanda and published by state’s research directorate was released by Rita Choudhary, Sahitya Academi Awardee  and Kolkata National Book Trust director adding an extra colour to the national event.

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Nov 29: Sir Mark Tully, Damodar Mauzo, Dhruba Hazarika, Y.D Thongchi, Dr. Arindham Sharma and renowned writers & publishers like Uravashi Butalia, Zubaan and Ravi Singh of Speaking Tigers discussed topics ranging from creativity and trends in literature and issues faced by regional writers and measures to popularize regional writing, poetry and storytelling during 2ndday of Arunachal LitFest-2018 at D.K Convention Hall here on Thursday.

Mitra Phukan with Dr. Radhe Yampi chaired 1st technical session on “Manifestations of creativity in folk literature”with Kaling Borang, Ponung Ering and Dr. Jumyir Basar as panelists, who elucidated various facets of folk literature, their variations and similarities from one region to another.

Sir Mark Tully chaired 2nd technical session on “Is regional necessarily ‘marginal’”. Dhruba Hazarika (Assam), Damodar Mauzo (Goa), Urvashi Butalia and Ravi Singh (Delhi) were panelists while the poetry session was chaired by Srutimala Duara.

State’s emerging young poets Subi Taba, Tolum Chumchum and Tai Tagung shared the dais with renowned poets.

Simultaneously book rack sessions saw Mamang Dai in conversation with Mridulka Garg and Rita Chowdhury and Dhruba Hazarika in conversation with Mark Tully, followed by book signings by authors.

Meanwhile, 1st technical session at amphitheatre was chaired by Assam’s eminent author Dr. Rita Choudhury on “Trends in literature of the NE with N. Kiran (Manipur), Dr. Arindam Sharma & Bhaskar Dutta Baruah (both Assam) and Thongchi as panelists.

Dr. Choudhury, summing up the session, said that NE literature is equally a part of mainstream literature. There is some kind of escapism from realities, but it is going through important phase of transition and we need to explore the local folk & oral traditions. Development in communication of regional literature is paralleling merging with mainstream literature with its unique identity, she said.

Thongchi chaired the 2nd session on “My writing, my world” with Koushmoni Saikia, Gyati Ampi, T.T. Lepcha and Dr. Joram Yalam Nabam as panelists.

Ampi, youngest writer of the festival, shared her journey and read out her self-composed poem and RGU Prof Dr. Joram Yalam Nabam, a noted author, also spoke about  her journey as a writer and shared the stories of her books like “Jungali phool, Tani movement and Sakchi hai pipal” making the audience spelt bound. Sikkim’s T.T. Lepcha spoke about his documentation and compilation of rich culture and languages to get global recognition.

Research director Batem Pertin chaired 3rd session on “Short story reading with Dr. Jamuna Bini Tadar, Jahnvi Gogoi, Smti Manika Devi, Ajit Singnar ( Assam) as panelist and R.N .Kholey & Dr. Tadar read out very emotional story of ‘Ui Moko’ and other panelist read out their Assamese and Begali stories.

Last Chairing last technical session, Ravi Singh (Delhi) on “Crossing the barriers: Taking regional literatures to the readers” with Mitra Phukan (Assam), Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, Dr. Abhishek Kumar Yadav and Bompi as panelists.

The panelist discussed widely on whether barriers or boundaries really exist or not and their limits besides on impact of social media.

General (Retd) JJ Singh, former state governor, his wife Anupama Singh, Roing MLA Mutchu Mithi, Transport & youth affairs secretary Dani Salu  were present. (DIPRO)

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