Renaissance and cultural movements are piled up in the books and the intellectual realm of the readers. A platform to discuss and debate over the ideas would render more space leading to cultural change. Kerala Literature Festival organized by DC Kizhakemuri foundation with its bandwagon of internationally acclaimed writers. thinkers, theoreticians, artists, critics, musicians, scientists render to create a new pulse and vigor in Kozhikode Beach from 10th January to 13th January 2019.
The third day of the Kerala Literature Festival will experience a spiritual exploration in the session "I am not a Hindu" with Swami Agnivesh and Padma Priya Janakiraman. Swami Agnivesh is an activist based in New Delhi, the leader of Arya Samaj and former member of KAICIID (King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue). An ardent worker in the field of social justice, he was awarded Right Livelihood award, known as the Alternative Nobel, in 2004. The law and business management degree holder, a lecturer at St Xavier's college, Mumbai as well as the law practitioner became the President of the World council of Arya Samaj, Hindu reformist movement. Abandoning all worldly material possessions he diverted his life to a spiritual journey in 1970 by becoming a sanyasi. Ignited to establish social justice, he was against slavery, untouchability, caste system and he served as chairperson for the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of slavery from 1994 to 2004. Moreover, he was awarded the first international anti-slavery award in London in 1990, Freedom and Human Rights Award in Berne, Switzerland in 1994, Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award in 2004 and Right Livelihood Award ( Alternative Nobel for Peace) in 2004.
Padma Priya Janakiraman, an Indian film actress will be interacting with Swami Agnivesh. Padma Priya, well acclaimed in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil film industry is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer as well. Spirituality and social responsibility will be a good blend in KLF this time in this session.