N. is a bilingual poet and social activist. She is doing Ph.D in Gender
and Development. Presently working with Kerala Council for Historical
Research. She is also a News Presenter in Doordarshan. Her published
works are of poetry. She is Chief Editor, Indian Ruminations and lives
in Trivandrum (Kerala) -India. She was Co-organiser of 10th
International Writers Festival-India held at Trivandrum (Kerala) on
27-28 December, 2014
10th International Writers Festival &
On 27th December, 2014 the inaugural Session commenced at 10.30 a.m. The session started with an Introduction by Dr. Parinita Goswami, Director, Shruti School of Music. Sandhya S.N the Chief Programmes Co-ordinator briefed about the two day festival and invited the dignitaries on the stage. Dev Bharadwaj, Festival Director welcomed the Honourable Guests and participants and gave a brief about the previous Festivals. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, Working Chairman, Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi presided over the function. The festival was inaugurated by Sri Puthusheri Ramachandran, the renowned Malayalam writer.
The festivals were scheduled to conduct in two Halls in the venue. 10th International Writer’s Festival in the Sarwa Dharma Bhavan, which was named as Prof. B. Hridayakumari Nagar and Indian Ruminations Literary Festival in K.J. Pillai Hall named as Prof. K. Ayyappa Paniker Nagar. Dr. D. Maya Rtd. Principal, University of Kerala gave a talk in the inaugural session on the contributions of two great teachers. The condolence message in the demise of Prof. B. Hridayakumari was read by Dr. Maya and the festival observed one minute silence as its honour to her.
Dr. Thomas Issac, MLA, Padmasree Dr. Laltluangliana Khiangte (Mizoram), Prof. Mustafizur Rahman, Ex. Vice Chancellor, People’s University of Bengaladesh, Dean, City University, Mr. Asror Allayarov, Uzbakistan were the Guests of Honour. Dr. G. Jayakumar, Editor, Indian Forward, gave away the vote of thanks for the Inaugural Session. The chief guests released more than 20 books of writers from India and abroad.
This festival was attended by delegates from the countries like
Bangladesh, Croatia, Kazakhistan, South Africa, UK, USA, Uzbekistan.
Indian delegates were from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh,
Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Puduchery, Punjab,
Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Telengana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
After the Inaugural Session, further sessions started in parallel Nagars.
The poetry reading started at 3.15 pm. About 27 poets presented the
poems. There were Malayalam and English poetry recitations.
Prof. Manjit Indira, Mr. Sham Singh, Mr. Harish Mangalam, Salu D’ Souza, Charu Chitra, Devmani Pandey, Kunti, Jinat Rehana and others amongst the delegates conducted the vario us sessions. Sessions were also chaired by the distinguished writers amongst the participants notably- Prof. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Prof. Mohammed Shamsul Hoque (UK), Mr. Jacob Isaac, Dr. Laltluangliana Khiangte, Mr. Asror Allayarov (Uzbekistan), Mr. Dinko Telecan (Croatia), and Mr. Siri Ram Arsh.
The Scholars presented their papers and poets presented their poems. The audience also actively participated in discussions.
At 6.30 pm, the participants from both the halls assembled in front of
Smrithi Mandapam of Mahatma Gandhi in the venue. The participants
lighted the candles in the Mandapam for world peace. Mr. Siriram Arsh, a
Punjabi poet and Ghazal lyricist gave a talk on World Peace at the
place. Later the participants assembled in the B. Hridaya Kumari Nagar
for the ‘Kavya Sandhya’ the cultural evening which lasted till 8.45pm.
After the lunch, the participants assembled in the hall for the next
session on ‘Process of Decolonization in Contemporary Writings at 2.30
pm. Ms. Sandhya S.N. welcomed the session and Mr. K.G. Jagadeeshan,
Secretary, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, presided over the function. The book,
‘Stigmata’ of Mr. Glavious T. Alexander was also released in the
function. Prof. K.E.N gave a talk on Decolonization in Contemporary
Writings. Following which, Mr. C. Asokan gave his talk on the seminar
subject. Mr. Vinod Vaishaki introduced the Book “Stigmata’. Finally
felicitation by Mr. Hari Charutha was followed by a vote of thanks by
Mr. Glavious T. Alexander.
After the tea break, the paper presentation session continued. Altogether 72 people presented their papers/writings in the two day festival. After the lunch break at 2.30 pm, the poetry reading session started.
After the tea break at 5.30 pm, the participants of the two halls
assembled in the B. Hridayakumari Nagar for the certification
distribution function. All participants were given the participation
certificate and Kafla Intercontinental’s Literary Awards were also
presented in the function. In the concluding session, Kalfa
Intercontinental honored Mr. K.G Jagadeeshan, Secretary, Gandhi Smarak
Nidhi for the Organizing Committee of the festival. He congratulated the
participants of the festival. The two day festival concluded at 8 p.m.