Literature and Arts Festival at the campus-town of Manipal!

Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (m.i.l.a.p.) is a first-of-its-kind annual literature festival to be hosted in the scenic campus-town of Manipal, Karnataka. m.i.l.a.p. is a premium platform for a gathering and celebration of the arts – literary, performing, visual, and cinematic – in a unique University setting imbued with inclusive atmosphere and cosmopolitan spirit.

Comprising of a series of curated events across different genres, languages and art forms, m.i.l.a.p. weaves together the following components for its 2017 edition:

  • Translation Workshop for registered participants with acclaimed translators, writers and scholars
  • Literary Meet with sessions centered around well-known writers and moderated by experts
  • Book Fair in a lakefront pavilion where one can browse and share insights with other readers
  • Film Festival for screenings and discussions with award-winning filmmakers
  • Art Exhibition on the unique bond between print and art, and related displays
  • Cultural Evenings to explore intersections of theatre, music and dance with literature
  • Youth Events to take along the student population in this cultural journey

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m.i.l.a.p. will be launched by Jnanpith laureate Chandrasekhar Kambara who will deliver the Inaugural Address at 10 am on September 15, 2017. Renowned Kannada writer, Vaidehi, will be the Chief Guest of the event. It will be presided over by Dr Vinod H Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University.

Over the next three days, audience will get the opportunity to attend talks, interactions, readings and panel discussions, with reputed writers such as K Satchidanandan, Kiran Nagarkar, Mallepuram G VenkateshO L Nagabhushana SwamyIra Pande, Vivek Shanbhag, Vivek RaiShanta GokhaleAnjum Katyal, Jayant Kaikini, Ananya KasaravalliC N Ramachandran, and Sandip Roy.

Each day will include a panel discussion with leading experts and practitioners of the literary craft, such as U Maheshwari, Shilpaa Anand, Hemachandran Karah, L Subramani, Sajal Dey, Kamala Ramswamy, Aleix Ruiz Falques, and Nalini Thampi.

Parallel to all these exciting sessions and performances, m.i.l.a.p. will feature a Translation Workshop for registered participants. Experts at the Workshop curated by Deepa Ganesh include Akshara K V, Shivarama Padikkal, V B Tharakeshwar, Shanta Gokhale Anjum Katyal, Bharat Gupt, V S Sreedhara, Chandrakant Pokhale, and N S Gundur.

The event will also include film screenings and discussions with well-known filmmakers and critics such as Girish Kasaravalli, N Manu Chakravarthy and Arunaraje Patil; staging of Kambara’s famous play ‘Mahamayi’; classicial music lecture-demonstration with Anuradha Kuber; Taala-maddale (traditional storytelling art-form of Karnataka) by ML Samaga; Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance performance by Ananda Jayant Shankar; and contemporary dance choreographed by Diya Naidu.

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