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10th GALF to begin on Dec 5

Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) to be held from December 5 to December 7 at International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula will be inaugurated on December 5 at 5.30 p.m. by Harish Trivedi and Priya Ramani


The 10th edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) is all set to take place from December 5 to December 7. The inaugural functional for the same will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula.

The festival will be inaugurated by eminent scholar and author, Harish Trivedi and journalist, Priya Ramani. The 10th anniversary edition of GALF is considered to be a homecoming for the best talent around India and the world; with a special emphasis on those connected to Goa.

Addressing a press conference, curator and writer, Vivek Menezes said: “We are treating it as a homecoming in a way to give thanks and celebrate what has been achieved over the past 10 years.”

The festival aims to highlight the major changes that the country has undergone over the last year. “We are talking about Kashmir, Pakistan, freedom of expression, etc. And we have an extraordinary banquet of events lined up along with the Ambedkar Memorial lecture,” he added.

This year’s festival will also focus on regional literature, said curator and author, Damodar Mauzo. “We have writers who have authored books in different languages and but we will also focus on regional languages like Konkani, Malayalam, Tamil etc and I hope that this time we have a great interaction among writers from different region including Goa,” said Mauzo who will also be speaking at the festival.

Books to be launched at the festival include, ‘Insurgent Empire’ by Cambridge-based historian Priyamvada Gopal, ‘Pangat: A Feast’ by Saee Koranne-Khandekar, ‘Love Without A Story’ by Arundhathi Subramaniam, ‘The Sixth River’ by Maaz bin Bilal, ‘Accidental Magic’ by Keshava Guha, ‘Struggles with Imagined Gods’ by Hemant Divate (and translated by Mustansir Dalvi), and ‘Taboo’ by Nirmala Govindrajan. The festival will also showcase writers from across the diaspora including Ivo de Figueiredo from Norway, Derek Mascarenhas from Canada, and Suneeta Peres da Costa and Sujatha Fernandes from Australia. Goa-related exclusive launches include ‘Arayaka’ by Amruta Patil, ‘The Matata Trilogy’ by Braz Menezes, Mandalay’ by Clara Astorla, ‘A Song for Saligao’ by Clarice Vaz, and the re-launched Parmal Magazine from Goa Heritage Action Group.

Retrospective conversations with eminent Hindi writer, Mridula Garg; the veteran Indo-Anglian poet, Keki Daruwalla and Malaylam writers, M Mukundam and Sethumadhavan will also be held as part of the festival.

To make the festival more accessible for the general public, the organisers have also arranged for bus services from Panaji to ICG.

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