A FORMER UN official and Indian MP Dr Shashi Tharoor will open a literary festival in Manama next week.
Dr Tharoor, the former UN under-secretary general and former Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and External Affairs, will flag off the 10-day-long International Book Fair and Literary Fest organised by the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS), Segaiya on May 17.
The festival is part of celebrations marking the 70th year of BKS, themed “India at 70 – BKS at 70”.
Dr Tharoor will also release his latest book, An Era of Darkness – the British Empire in India, at the event.
The book is based on his speech at Oxford last year where he took apart the British rule in India which went viral across the globe and captivated millions of Indians as it voiced their thoughts on the British Raj.
He will also sign copies of the book for a select audience.
Dr Tharoor will address school students during the day.
The festival will run until May 27 and also feature Indian scholar and environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva who will talk on eco-social issues, on May 18.
A short story writing completion will be held on May 19 from 11am onwards and a literary quiz will be held on May 20 at 8pm.
BKS Drama Club will be inaugurated on May 21 by celebrity theatre artist from Kerala Gireesh Sopanam, followed by the drama version of a controversial Malayalam short story, Biriyani, by Kerala Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer Santhosh Echikkanam.
A speech by educationalist and mentor B S Warrier will be the focus on May 22 and a career guidance workshop will be held the next day.
Prior registration is required to take part in the workshop and details can be had by calling 39898050.
Malayalam poet and lyricist Manoj Kuroor will host an interactive session on May 24 and he will also inaugurate a two-day literary camp the next day along with Indian film director and actor Dr K S Ravi Kumar.
On May 26, Dr Kumar will engage the audience in an interactive session exploring the Indian author, screenplay writer and film director M T Vasudevan Nair.
A musical concert by local artists will mark the grand finale of the festival.
BKS is also organising book promotions during the event, where people can reserve books of their choice at the exhibition organised by DC Book, Kerala.
For more details contact festival general convenor D Salim on 39125889.