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Hyderabad Literary Festival to focus on Tamil language this year
Every edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) focuses on one Indian language and Tamil has been selected for HLF 2017, to be held in Hyderabad from January 27 to 29.

Several Tamil writers, authors and other luminaries will be gracing the occasion. Tamil culture and art will also be showcased through dance, martial art form (silambam) and a commemorative section on Smt MS Subbalakshmi.

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka. It has an official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and was declared as a classical language by the government of India in 2004. Tamil is an official language of Singapore and Sri Lanka. As one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world, the two earliest manuscripts from India were written in Tamil and acknowledged by UNESCO.

With 'Thambiraam Vanakkam' a Tamil prayer book in old Tamil script published in 1578 by Portuguese Christian Missionaries, Tamil became the first Indian language to be printed and published. With such a rich history and many 'firsts', Tamil was bound to be the next Indian language under focus in the twin cities' annual literary event. The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet campus will be the venue for the three-day premier literary festival in the city,which is open and free for all.

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