The e Kerala Literature festival will commence today live at 10 am on social media platforms like Youtube and Facebook with the International Poetry Festival. Poets from all over the world will participate in this grand event which marks the 75th birthday of Festival Director, K Satchidanandan. Chief Coordinator Ravi Deecee will begin the events with a welcome speech followed by the presidential address by A. Pradeep Kumar. The event will be inaugurated by Saji Cherian, Minister of Culture, Kerala in the presence of eminent personalities like K. Satchidanandan and Abdul Hakeem. The festival is set to kick off with poems by Asma Azaizeh from Palestine and Ismath Hussain from Lakshadweep. It will run all through the day from 10 am. till 8 pm. Poets from South Africa, Italy, US and Ireland will also participate and the roster boasts the presence of the likes of Taslima Nasrin and Indian poets like Salma, Chandrakanth Patil, Kutti Revathi, Nishi Chowla, Balachandran Chullikadu, K G Shankarapilla, P P Ramachandran and Rafeek Ahmed. The poetry festival is the beginning of a series of programmes that will continue to lead up to the eventual physical event at the beaches of Kozhikode in January 2022.