Mountain Echoes Literary Festival

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, Bhutan’s annual distinctive literary, arts and cultural festival announced the second set of speakers participating in this year’s edition. The stellar line-up of authors unveiled today includes names from Bhutan, India and around the world, such as celebrated Bhutanese poet Ashi Sonam Choden Dorji; art restorer and author of books such as The Lotus Light Palace of Guru Rinpoche: Visions of the Buddhist Paradise in the Sacred Kingdom of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Choden T; politician and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Dr. Shashi Tharoor; author of The Golden Legend and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Nadeem Aslam; senior ecologist with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, recognized as a biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’ by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and author of Wild Lilies and Poppies of BhutanWild Rhododendrons of Bhutan and Threatened Birds in Bhutan Rebecca Pradhan; author and environmentalist Pradip Krishen; biochemist and author Pranay Lal; Phuntsho Namgyel, the first director of Bhutan’s Election Commission & author of the acclaimed book Forest for Gross National Happiness; Palden Tshering, former journalist & founder of Bhutan’s first literacy consultancy; K Anis Ahmed, co-founder of the literary journal Bengal Lights and author of the best-selling novels The World in My Hands and Good Night, Mr. Kissinger; acclaimed Indian film director and writer Imtiaz Ali; contemporary fiction writer Amrita Tripathi and eminent journalist and Emmy nominated author Barkha Dutt. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Eastern Himalayas, the intimate and genteel gathering will see the presence of over 40 titans from the world of writing. Presented by the Jaypee Group and powered by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the distinctive literary, arts and cultural festival will be held from August 25-27, 2017 with a special inauguration ceremony on August 24 in Thimphu, the charming capital of Bhutan.