The theme for MILAP 2018 is A Millennium Revisited: Tradition and Transformation.
The Literary Meet will be inaugurated by one of the leading poets and playwrights of the Kannada language Dr H S Shiva Prakash and the keynote address will be delivered by renowned scholar, literary critic, linguist, and writer Dr G N Devy.
In keeping with the theme of the festival, the millennium will be explored by the Kannada Panel through the lens 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 contexualise 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 Harmonium.
Finally, we will have five individual sessions with well-known authors who will speak about their works and anthologies in the context of the theme of the festival.