Kozhikode: The Kerala Government has plans to conduct literary festivals in three major cities of the state, according to the new Minister for Cultural Affairs Saji Cheriyan. The Minister also said that new projects to give a boost to the cultural sector in Kerala would be implemented.
Inaugurating e-KLF, the online version of Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) organised by DC Kizhekemuri Foundation and DC Books, Cheriyan released ‘Illa Varillini’, a poetry collection by K Satchidanandan.
A Pradeep Kumar presided over the inaugural function. Those who spoke on the occasion included festival director K Satchidanandan, Ravi Decee, Hemali Sodhi and A K Abdul Khader.
The e-KLF began with a face-to-face between Satchidanandan and Dr P Suresh on ‘Milestones in poetry.’ An international poetry festival also was launched to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of Satchidanandan with Palestinian poet Asma Asee and Ismath Hussain from Lakshadweep reciting their works. Over 50 poets from 10 countries took part in the poetry festival.
Discussions on various topics will be organised as part of e-KLF every month till January 2022, when the KLF is scheduled, said organisers.