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Delhi first for Kerala festival

Delhi first for Kerala festival
Israel will be the flavour of the fifth edition of the Kovalam Literary Festival 3 October at the India International Centre in the Capital followed by a two-day session at the Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram 5-6 October.

Two writers — Sarai Shavit and Dorit Rabinyan — and musician Tal Kravitz will bring slices of Israel’s culture and their observations of India in three literary sessions at the festival, a communique from festival founder Binoo John said.

Shavit, the author of India Express in Hebrew, was inspired to write about India while staying at a guest house in the Capital. The book relates the story of Mali Mualem who comes in search of her brother and meets an investigator.

Rabinyan has written a children’s book and a screenplay for television, Shuli’s Fiance, which won the Israeli Academy Award for the best drama in 1997. Rabinyan hosts a weekly television magazine.

The miniature edition in the Capital will feature six sessions. In the first author Monisha Rajesh will read from Around India in 80 Trains and Sangeeta Bahadur will read from Jaal, Book 1 of the Kaal Trilogy. Other sessions will see Jeet Thayil, whose book Narcopolis has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, in conversation with David Davidar, Isreali authors Dorit Rabinyan and Sarai Shavit and Farrukh Dhondhy among others.

The Kerala edition of the festival will begin with the K.C. John Memorial Lecture, ‘Are the Poor Getting Poorer’ by actvist Binayak Sen, after which he will be in discussion with Ilina Sen and Vrinda Grover.


At: India International Centre, Lodhi Road
When: 3 October
Timings: 2 pm onwards
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