Kozhikode Gears Up For Malabar Literature Festival; Dates & Details Inside

by Tejashee Kashyap
Kozhikode Gears Up For Malabar Literature Festival; Dates & Details Inside

Literature has always been a powerful medium for expressing ideas, sharing stories, and fostering community. In the vibrant landscape of literary festivals across the globe, the Malabar Literature Festival (MLF) stands out as a unique and enriching experience. The Malabar Literature Festival (MLF) will have its first edition from November 30 to December 3, 2023, at Kozhikode Beach.

Malabar Literature Festival Is A 3-Day Event

Book Plus Publishers, a renowned publishing business located in Kerala will organise this three-day event. It will hold conversations on the region’s global links, bringing together various authors and professionals from around the world.

MLF is an annual meeting that serves as a platform for varied perspectives and ideas, and the inaugural edition promises to be an unforgettable event. The festival’s goal is to look at literature and art through the lens of Malabar. MLF features captivating sessions, thought-provoking discussions, film exhibitions, documentary screenings, musical concerts, cultural evenings, book fairs, and enlightening heritage walks, with a diverse range of authors, activists, and global thought leaders in attendance.

With the subject ‘The Sea and the Maritime Life,’ MLF will host sessions such as ‘200 Years of Malabar Publishing,’ ‘Rejoicing Malabar,’ ‘Emerging Pop Culture in Malabar,’ and ‘Voice of Dissent’ in its inaugural session. Distant lands and littorals historically associated with Malabar will also be discussed, including Kayalpattinam, Lakshadweep, Ceylon, Gujarat, Andaman and Nicobar, Hadhramaut, Hijaz, the Malay realm, and Africa. The inaugural session will feature author Subhash Chandran’s keynote speech on ‘Kozhikode: UNESCO City of Literature.”

MLF will explore Kozhikode’s cultural legacy, among other things, in a variety of programmes. In addition, as part of the festival, numerous publishers will participate in the book fair. The festival will see the release of more than ten books from Book Plus.

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What’s In Store?

There will be a qawwali performance by the Warsi Brothers from Hyderabad, a ghazal by Kumar Satyamm, a folk song performance by the Pulliparava Band from Lakshadweep, and a Jugalbandi performance. The nighttime performance by Sameer Binsi and Team, Karimography, and Freestyle Hadiya coordinated by M Naushad will be one of the edition’s highlights. Football, the Palestinian cause, drama, cinema, tribal culture, and travel will all be covered in detail. Over 300 guests will attend the four-day festival, which will feature over 100 sessions in three venues.

MLF will also host discussions and film screenings focused on the underrepresented life worlds of Mappila, Dalit, and Adivasi communities. Prominent figures from various walks of life including Kanimozhi, Prof Ho Eng Seng, Nishat Zaidi, Christophe Jaffrelot and more.

Various programmes exploring the historical significance of various locales were held around Malabar to celebrate the festival.  Programmes for the Heritage Walk were held in Kozhikode, Koyilandy, Thalangara, Kannur, Thalassery and more.

In the heart of Malabar, where the sea meets the land and the mountains touch the sky, the Malabar Literature Festival unfolds as a celebration of the human spirit.

When: Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2023
Where: Kozhikode Beach

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