From September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017, Manipal University will organise its literature festival– Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (MILAP). This will be the inaugural edition of the Lit Fest to be hosted in the scenic campus-town of Manipal.
The Lit Fest would be a platform for a gathering and celebration of the arts in a university setting, imbued with an inclusive atmosphere and a cosmopolitan spirit. The fest will bring writers, critics and readers together.
The distinct feature of MILAP is the forging of a sustained engagement between rasika and artiste in a thoughtful, non-commercial space. The concept itself is borne out of Manipal University’s long-standing efforts to promote appreciation of literature and culture, whether through the prolific publishing activities of Manipal University Press, which recently crossed its hundredth book release, or the dynamic initiatives of the TMA Pai Chair for Indian Literature
It will be a non-commercial event. MILAP is open free of cost to the local community as well as readers and art lovers from across the country. The Fest will comprise a series of curated events across different genres, languages and art forms. Registration for the main event can be done on the website. Translation workshop has limited 30 seats and registrations are open for early career translators who are expected to send a letter of motivation and a work that one has already translated. For this year, it is limited to those who have knowledge of Kannada and English. Efforts to promote appreciation of literature and culture through plays; classical music; lecture by Anuradha Kuber; Tala Maddale by M.L. Samaga; Bharatanatyam performance with a lecture by Ananda Jayant Shankar; and a contemporary dance choreographed by Diya Naidu, will be organised.
MILAP will be inaugurated by Jnanpith awardee Chandrashekara Kambara on September 15. Renowned Kannada writer, Vaidehi, will be the guest of honour for the event and Dr Vinod H Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University will preside.
The activities which form part of the 2017 Edition of MILAP includes: Translation Workshop for registered participants with acclaimed translators, writers and scholars. Experts at the Workshop curated by Deepa Ganesh include K V Akshara, Shivarama Padikkal, and V B Tharakeshwar, Shanta Gokhale, Anjum Katyal. Literary Meet with sessions centered around well-known writers and moderated by experts. Art Exhibition on the unique bond between print and art, and related displays.
Along with all this, a book fair in a lakefront pavilion will also be organized. The interested people can not only browse the books but can also share insights with other readers. Festival for screenings and discussions with award-winning filmmakers will also be held. To explore intersections of theatre, music and dance with literature Cultural Evenings will also be held. Youth events will also take place to take along the student population in this cultural journey.