The Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) is an annual event that celebrates creativity and literature in all its forms. The festival that started in 2010 draws over a hundred writers, artistes, scholars and publishers from India and abroad, each year.
The festival has emerged as an important event in the cultural calendar of the country. It represents the rich and cosmopolitan ethos of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad; bringing together both established writers as well as young and contemporary talent.
This year too it included engaging conversations with authors, panel discussions, book launches, delightful cultural events and exciting workshops. The events were open and free for all, inviting the participation of interested individuals as well as a younger audience of school and college students.
The traditional highlights of the festival were the Guest Nation and the Indian Language in Focus. At HLF 2016 year the Guest Nation was Singapore and the language in Focus was Marathi.
Some of the authors at HLF 2016 were – Jonathan Gil Harris, Kiran Nagarkar, Naina Lal Kidwai, Nayantara Sahgal, Paro Anand, C Christine Fair, Jairam Ramesh. Literary sessions were devoted to a variety of topics: environmental session – ‘A Different World Order’, LGBT, Dance Panel ‘Third Eye’, a number of events for our youngest visitors. As in the previous year, HLF also featured differently-abled authors.
Highlights of Cultural programme were: “Art Street”, light installation, exhibition on Gender and Identity.
Rupak Kulkarni and Mohan Agashe were among the prominent guests.
HLF 2016 was organised by the ‘Hyderabad Literary Trust’ in association with the Government of Telangana. It was supported by several academic, literary and cultural organisations, as well as publishing houses.