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Oommen Chandy

Chief Minister of Kerala

Dear Friends, Kerala is one of India’s most progressive states in terms of social welfare and quality of life. Our state is also noted for its highest literacy rate in the country. Literacy rate for women in Kerala is one of the highest in Asia. Kerala has over 8,000 rural libraries since the 1940’s and is home to the most vibrant publishing industries in the nation, despite the fact that our state has only a little over 3% of the population in India. This atmosphere has created a unique en...

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K. Satchidanandan

Festival Director

We are living at a time when literary festivals are becoming immensely popular across the world- from Berlin to Wales and from Medellin to Jaipur. India now boasts of around twenty literary festivals. Almost every major city in India, even some of the mofussil towns, have one or more festivals. They include Delhi, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai. While some of them focus on books, some focus on discussions and some on any one literary ge...

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V. K. C. Mammed Koya

Mayor – Kozhikode Corporation

“Kozhikode, long known as the “City of Spices” in yesteryears has been fast developing as the cultural capital of Kerala. A city which is home to two out of the five jnanapith award winners from the state – Late Shri S K Pottecatt and Shri M T Vasudevan Nair, Kozhikode has today a very rich and vibrant reading culture. This kind of an ambience in the city has led the way in Kozhikode producing many luminaries in the fields of cinema, art and literature. It is with great pride and joy...

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Ravi Deecee

Secretary, DC Kizhakemuri Foundation

The Kerala Literary Festival has been conceived as a rare platform chiefly meant for Malayalam writers of four generations to meet, discuss and debate issues of common concern in these traumatic times when the very fundamental right of expression is being challenged by various regressive forces and their organisations in our society.  One of the themes we have chosen to focus on this time is this very challenge to the freedom of artists and writers. The Festival that will also have some emin...

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