Indian languages to get a boost at Tagore fest

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It’s named after the Nobel laureate, but the Tagore International Literature & Arts Festival in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal next month will not only be a celebration of the poet, but also of Hindi and other Indian languages – and could some day bring global languages within its fold, its organisers say.

“Rabindranath Tagore has a presence across art forms like literature, Rabindra Sangeet and theatre but his work is less known in Hindi speaking regions of India. Through this Festival, we want to celebrate Tagore and his work,” said festival co-director Leeladhar Mandloi.

“Another major focus of the festival is on Hindi and Indian languages. In this digital era, we want to expose the youth of our country to books and provide them with an opportunity to interact with contemporary Indian language writers, artists and painters.

“Since art is meant to bring people closer to different cultures, we decided to focus on connecting the local with the global through our Festival. We have started with Indian languages and further intend to bring global languages into the fold as we expand the reach of the Festival,” explained Mandloi, a poet, critic, writer, filmmaker and a former DG of AIR and Doordarshan, who is associated with the creative and conceptualisation of the festival.

The festival which will be organised from November 7-10, by the Tagore International Centre for Arts and Culture, housed under the Bhopal-based Rabindranath Tagore University (RNTU), will bring together 500 artists and authors from over 30 nationalities. And, to keep the youth engaged, there will be sessions during the day involving actor Ashutosh Rana as well as poet and lyricist Irshad Kamil. Bands like Raghu Dixit Project, Kabir Cafe and Mehfils like Sukhan will performing.