The theme for MILAP 2018 is A Millennium Revisited: Tradition and Transformation.
The Literary Meet will be inaugurated by Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Atamjit Singh who will deliver the Inaugural Address. Renowned Kannada playwright, Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee H S Shivaprakash will deliver the keynote address.
Each day will include a panel discussion with leading experts and practitioners of the literary craft. The panels will explore the theme of the festival through their specific perspectives and contexts. The Kannada Panel through the lens of examining four celebrated authors of the language; while the North East Panel will speak of shifting identities and everyday realities of the region, and finally the International Panel with its focus on South Asia will stress on the geopolitical and cultural ramifications of the region on its literature.
In addition to the panel discussions, we will have three performance-based sessions. Performing artists and scholars will contextualize their respective art forms in the present, while also speaking about their evolution through the millennium. Performances will be interspersed will lively discussions and conversations. This year we will focus on the performance traditions of Dastangoi, Tulu Folk Poems, and the journey of harmonium from margin to centre-stage.