Panaji (Goa) Noted editor Mini Krishnan and eminent historian Ramachandra Guha will deliver the keynote addresses at the inauguration ceremony of the 8th edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) to be held at the Maquinez Palace Complex, Entertainment Society of Goa on the evening of 7th December.
The inaugural function will also see the unveiling of the official artwork of GALF 2017 prepared by the well-known Goan artist Hanuman Kambli.
The session will include the launch of Goa-based Salil Chaturvedi’s In the sanctuary of a poem and will conclude with a tribute session dedicated to the Late Eunice de Souza.
GALF 2017 will shift to The International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula, for the next three days – 8-10 December. GALF 2017 is conceptualised, organised and hosted by The International Centre Goa in association with Goa Writers, with stellar support from the North Eastern Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa.
GALF 2017 is bringing several writers and artists from all across India and abroad, which includes Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, UK, and the USA. Besides writers in English and Konkani, others writing in languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Malyalam, and Maithili will also be attending GALF 2017.
Among the many prominent and acclaimed authors, poets, journalists, and artists attending GALF 2017 include Sahitya Akademi Award winners Ganesh Devy, Ramachandra Guha, Jerry Pinto and Ranjit Hoskote. The North Eastern Council (NEC) is sending several writers from the region as well.
Several international participants including Singaporean Edwin Thumboo and Gabriel Rosenstock (Ireland) will be seen at GALF 2017.
As in earlier years, GALF 2017 will have a special focus for children and young people, both school and college students. The organizers plan to line up leading authors and books for specifically tailored programmes that are accessible and enjoyable for the youngest visitors.
GALF 2017 seeks the collaboration and participation of schools and colleges across Goa. Students attending the festival will find a fairly large number of sessions, discussions, readings and performances to their interest. GALF 2017 promises to reach larger numbers of people with its quality and variety of programmes and delegates.
GALF 2017 is free and open to all. All are welcome to attend but it is always advisable to register in advance at www.goaartlitfest.com.