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Coimbatore Literary Festival to make its debut on 23 February
Literary festivals such as Jaipur Literature Festival, Mussourie Writers Festival, and Kolkata Literary Festival have already established themsleves as some of the most popular Lit-Fests in the country. Now, Coimbatore Literary Festival, which would take place over the weekend this Saturday and Sunday at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust Auditorium, will vie to be counted in its first edition.

Mani Sasidharan, the coordinator for Coimbatore Literary Festival told this citizen journalist , “Coimbatore Literary Fest (CLF) is being organised by Sahitya, in association with Kumaraguru College of Technology on February 23-24, 2013. CLF intends to discuss debate and discover literature, to rekindle the past and capture its present and make it a moment of transition and change in the literary landscape of Coimbatore. CLF being the first of its kind in Tamil Nadu is mentored by Mr. Shankar Vanavarayar, and curated by Mrs. Shobhana Kumar.”

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Anith Prem Malaravan, the faculty coordinator of Shaitya explains - "When we approached Shankar Vanavarayar, he was the one who felt that is should not be held in the campus only but outside the campus. This would bring a number of people from other colleges as well as audiences from various parts of Coimbatore." Anith further added, “Why should only students from our college benefit? Others should also benefit from it.”

Writers, poets, translators and publishers from various parts of the country have been invited to make the event a special. “The event promises to be an event that will open up new vistas in the world of art and literature,” said Mani Sasidharan. The inaugural address will be delivered by Dr. K. Srilata, poet, fiction writer and translator. He further added, “Eminent personalities including Professor Ananda Lal of Writers Workshop, a well-known theater critic from Kolkata will also be a part of the festival.”

Anith also said, “Poetry workshops, culture carnatic songs, cultural dance reflecting the tradition would be on show in the festival. Many great writers will address the gathering.” People such as Vikram Sampath from Bangalore, and Shobha Vishwanath, Publishing Editor, Karadi Tales Company will also be present in the festival.

The organisers of the festival expect success, and have plans for the future to make the Coimbatore Literary Festival even more grand. “This time, primarily people from Coimbatore would be taking part, but next year there would be more participants from Tamil Nadu as well as the rest of India.”

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