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5th edition of Gujarat Literature Festival kicks off in Ahmadabad
The 5th edition of Gujarat's largest and most popular literary event Gujarat Literature Festival kicked off in Ahmadabad on January 6, informed Mayur Patel, an author of fiction in his Facebook post with a picture. The event is being described as the Celebration Of Literary Creativity.

Along with various talks, book releases, interactive sessions and group discussions, Curates Ink Tank has promised to Bridge the Author-publisher Gap so that more authors could reach out to the readers. For the last few years the event has been 'bringing the best minds from across the world on a platform that provides free debates, discussions, dialogues and informal interactions, on and off stage'.

"The free annual festival, focused on young readers and creators is now five seasons old and includes all forms and mediums, used to express literary creativity. We believe, literature is not bound between the covers of a book, but blooms in a free environment, in myriad forms, languages and mediums. This festival has room for all of them. It aspires to celebrate book writers, poets and playwrights, film writers, lyricists, bloggers, journalists, social media writers and other genres that use literary creativity," says the festival director, former editor, journalism educator and political analyst Shyam Parekh.

Though focused on Gujarati writers and literary creators, the festival is by no means either limited to, or defined by one language. In the five years, it has seen programming in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Malayali, Rajasthani and more. The event has been working towards 'crafting this platform for young authors and readers to flourish' hold the festival organizers.

The event brings together, under one roof and on a single platform, ideas and written work. It also brings in passionate and action-based reading, philosophy, story-tellers and their imaginative worlds of characters, novelists, poets, ghazalkars, up-close moment with folk artistes, and not-to-be-missed sessions by film writers and lyricists, adds Parekh.

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