Monday, February 13, 2012

Karachi Literature Festival 2012 gets overwhelming media coverage

Jumbo Editorial Team

The third edition of the Karachi Literature Festival 2012, which was inaugurated with great fanfare at Hotel Carlton on February 11, concluded the following evening. It was organized by the Oxford University Press with the collaboration of the British Council.

The media attention the festival received was awesome with the daily national newspapers covering it very prominently indeed.

The two-day festival was organized with the objective of encouraging the Pakistani authors and attracting more people towards the literature believed to be the only solution to lead a turnaround. It also provided a platform for discussion over trends, values and thoughts to enlighten the minds of people.

The annual event, launched a couple of years ago, has been warmly welcomed by the people of Karachi who believe that it provided positive feel to them, describing it as a very enriching and enlightening experience for everyone who love to read. The festival provided an opportunity to people to touch base with books and resume their lost passion for reading.

One factor, however, that dampened the significance of the high-profile festival was its debatable approach which restricted it to elites only or those who could afford four-wheelers. Hopefully the organizers would expand plan it such a way in future to attract a common man as well are in love with literature and art.

Meanwhile a number of widely renowned and acclaimed writers and scholars including Shobhaa De, Asif Noorani, Asif Farrukhi, Hanif Kureshi, Kamila Shamsie, William Dalrymple, Mohsin Hamid, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Naved Kirmani, Maleeha Lodhi, Ayesha Siddiqa, Intizar Hussain and Zahida Hina shared their thoughts.

In the various sessions, the writers and other dignitaries shed light on the importance of literature in life of nations. They termed the event as an opportunity for Pakistani youth to connect themselves with the world of literature.

A session of writers signifying women’s voices through their writing captivated quite a bunch of women, with Maniza Naqvi, Bina Shah, Nafisa Haji and Marilyn Wyatt sharing their experiences as writers and also readers, evocative through their own and other literary works.

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