KLF 2017 | Kerala Literature Festival

Kerala Literature Festival

Literature Festival in the City Of Sculptures

The Kerala Literary Festival is a rare platform for Malayalam writers to meet, discuss and debate issues of common concern in these traumatic times when the very fundamental right of expression is being challenged by various regressive forces.

Its main focus is combating this challenge for the freedom of artists and writers. This Festival  will also have some eminent Indian writers from outside Kerala, will also look at diverse movements and trends in contemporary literature in its varied genres and forms like poetry, fiction, drama, and literary criticism and other forms of discursive prose besides the kinship between literature and other arts like theatre, film and the plastic arts. Both the hegemonic and the subaltern trends will be discussed with equal depth and intensity. Writers and thinkers will look at the emerging trends, evaluate texts and discuss ideas of social and aesthetic relevance to our times. The Festival promises to be an unprecedented get-together of eminent writers and readers, who will exchange impressions and expectations, introspect and retrospect and share their thoughts and dreams in an atmosphere of bonhomie. Cultural programs on the days of the Festival will make it a genuine feast for those who love Kerala’s art, music and performances.

KLF has no dearth of sponsors & Partners, still more donors are always welcome considering the monumental task it has taken up to vitalize the culture and the language. KLF is organised by DC Kizhakemuri Foundation  & supported by Government of Kerala Departments, Kerala Tourism, UAE Exchange, DC Books, SciGenom Research Foundation, South Indian Bank, Raviz, Literature Across Frontiers, Thunchat  Ezhuthachan  Malayalam University, Radio Mango, KIRTADS, District Tourism Promotion Council, Global Innovative Technologies, Hotel Asma TowerMinistry of Ayush – Government of India, KSFESobha Developers, German Book Office (GBO) New Delhi, Double Horse, Emerging Kerala, DC School of Architecture and Design, SBT, Idea Cellular, Kozhikode Corporation, Oriental Film Institute, Kochi Muziris Biennale, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Camoes Instituto Da Cooperacao E Da Lingua Portugal, Pachakuthira, OM Books, Dailyhunt, Hotel Asma Tower, Vodafone, DCSMAT, DC Media, NIT Calicut, Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation, Kerala Chalachithra Academy, Bharat Bhawan, Russian Cultural Center, Crossword Bookstores Ltd and ACV.

KLF Speakers & Schedule:

KLF is supported and encouraged by many eminent scholars from different fields and from different states of the world.


Let me first begin with Mr. K. Satchidanandan who is Festival Director in KLF &most widely translated of contemporary Indian poets.

 Qaisra Shahraz is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter from Pakistan.

Mr. Sashi Kumar is presently the chairman of Asian School of Journalism and Pioneer of India’s first regional satellite channel Asianet.

 María Reimóndez is a Galician translator, an interpreter, writer and activist & has published poetry collections and novels.

David Lopez-del Amo is director of Sinicus, a literary consultancy based in Beijing and also the coordinator of Sinicus Platform.

Alexandra Büchler is a translator, an editor and Director of Literature across Frontiers.

Nia Davies is a poet, literary curator and an editor of international magazine Poetry Wales.

Bruno Vieira Amaral is prolific writer, translator, and literary critic. He is considered as one of the most promising writers in Portugal with a distinctive new voice.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan is India’s most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker.

Sadhguru is an author, poet and spiritual master with a difference.

Ramachandra Guha is an acclaimed Indian historian and writer, columnist& a regular contributor.

Shashi Tharoor is presently an Indian politician, former international diplomat, and a writer. He is currently serving as Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram.

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst, a writer and has been visiting professor at the numerous universities.

Evald Flisar is translated Slovenian author and playwright, former editor, president of the Slovene Writers’ Association.

Ari Sitas is a South African sociologist, a writer, poet, dramatist and civic activist.

Gopal Guru is an academician, columnist and a writer. He is professor of Social and Political theory in the Centre of Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Romila Thapar is currently Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University & a visiting professor at several universities.

M.T. Vasudevan Nair is a prolific and versatile writer in Malayalam literature and he is also a screenplay writer and a Film Director.

Manu S. Pillai is a writer, researcher, and public policy professional and is currently Chief of Staff to Shashi Tharoor.

Anand is considered as an icon in Malayalam literature and is one of the most prominent writers in Malayalam.

Runo Isaksen is an acclaimed Norwegian author and journalist.

Urvashi Butalia is an author, renowned Indian Feminist and publisher and was also the co-founder of Kali for Women.

Paul Zacharia is a short story writer, novelist and essayist in Malayalam literature.

M. Mukundan is one of the pioneers of modernity in Malayalam literature known as MayyazhiyudeKathakaaran.

S. Madhavan is a leading writer of contemporary Malayalam literature.

KLF will be organizing an enthralling event at Kozhikode Beach. We expect guests, participants and individuals to be a part of it & celebrate this special occasion of Literature Festival together.


02/02/2017-Day 1


4:30-5:30 Welcome Speech Ravi Deecee, Chief Facilitator, Kerala Literature Festival
  Introduction K Satchidanandan
  Presidential Address A Pradeep Kumar MLA
  Inauguration M T Vasudevan Nair
  Keynote Address Sadhguru
  Speech Dr. V Venu(IAS)-Principal Secretary- Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
    Mrs. Rani George IAS-Secretary- Department of Culture, Government of Kerala
    N Prasanth IAS-District Collector, Kozhikode
    Promoth Mangat-CEO, UAE Exchange
    V G Mathew – MD & CEO, South Indian Bank
  Presence Sudhir Kakar
    Ari Sitas
    Qaisra Shahraz
    Evald Flisar
  Vote of Thanks A K Abdul Hakkim, General Convenor, Kerala Literature Festival



5:30-6:30   Musical Concert-Sounds of Isha      
6:00-7:00 Sashi Kumar in conversation with Sadhguru     6:00-8:00 Olavum Theeravum’

Screenplay-MT Vasudevan Nair Direction: P N Menon

7:00-7:30 Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide

to Joy’-Manju warrier in conversation

with Sadhguru

7:30-8:30   Fireside Chat-‘Protest,Life’-K Ramachandran in conversation with Harsh Mander My Writing,My Thoughts’- sangeetha Nair in conversation with Preeti Shenoy    
8:30-9:30   Harigovindgeetham-Presented by Njeralath Harigovind & team      





9:30-11:00 Writing Historical Fiction’- Dr. C.S Biju in conversation with Sudhir Kakar My Politics’-M A Baby in     conversation with T Padmanabhan, Moderator-A K Abdul Hakkim The World of the Diasporic Writer’-M Mukundan,Benyamin,


Thomas,Sonia Rafique, Shemi Moderator- V Mussafir Ahmed

10:00-11:45 Kaliyachan-Based on a poem by P Kunjiraman Nair Direction: Farook Abdul Rehman


World Literature:My Writings My Thoughts’- Dr P K Jayraj in conversation with Ari Sitas


Mayalam: Where does it stand?’-K Jayakumar,K P Ramanunni, K C Narayanan,V Madhusudhan Nair Moderator-P Somanathan Cyber world and the Literary World’- Dr. B Ekbal, Mahesh Mangalat, M Nandakumar Moderator-Damodar Prasad 12:00-12:40 Moinkutty Vaidyar Documentary Direction:Farook Abdul Rehman




World Literature:My Writings My Thoughts’- Anita Nair in  conversation with Evald Flisar


Malayalam:Classical,Journalistic and Machine Language’-N P Rajendran, P K Parakkadavu, T V Sunitha Moderator-Ummer Tharamel Languages within Language’- Naduvattom Gopalakrishnan, Kalpetta Narayanan, Mamukkoya, S Joseph Moderator- C J George 1:15-2:00 S K Pottecattu Documentary Direction: K R Mohanan


2:00-3:30 Society & Music’- Bijipal, Shibhu Mohammed, Rashmi Satheesh Moderator- Manoj Kuroor Women in the Law Courts’- Ajitha, Bhagyalakshmi, Adv. Anila George, P E Usha,  Adv. M S Saji Moderator- Deedi Damodaran Writing-Translation- Publication’- Urvashi Butalia, Mini Krishnan, Lakshmi Rajeev, Shatrugnan, Ravi Deecee Moderator- K T Dineshan


2:15-3:15 In Return Just a Book Documentary on ‘Oru Sankeerthanam Pole’ Written by: Perumbadavam Sreedharan Script: Zachariah Director: Shiny Jacob
3:30-5:00 Higuita to Honey’- Zacharia, N S Madhavan Moderator – K Satchidanandan The Future of the Left’- Prabhath Patnaik, Prof C Ravindranath, M M Somashekaran, T V Madhu Moderator- M V Narayanan


The Short Story Today’- From the Radio Play to the TV Serial’- U A Khader, Satish Babu Payyanoor, Srikantan Karikakam Moderator- K Sharath Chandran 4:00-5:00 Uranjadunna Deshangal- The Literary Life of U A Khader Direction: N E Harikumar


5:00-6:30 Human Rights & the Freedom of Expression’- Anand, Zacharia, B R P Bhaskar, Sashi kumar, Unni R Moderator- K Satchidanandan The Living Ambedkar’- Gopal Guru, K K Kochu, Sunny Kappikadu, Sanal Mohan Moderator- Ajay Shekhar


Woman at Home, on  the Street & in Theatre’- Sister Jesmi, Ramachandran Mokeri, C S Chandrika, Sajitha Madathil, Sreeja K V Moderator- M G Sasi 6:00-8:00 Nirakar Chaya- Bengali film based on ‘Pandavapuram’ by Sethu Direction: Aashish Avikundak
6:30-7:30 The Philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru: Precept & Practice’- Perumbadavom Sereedharan,Sunil P Elayidom, J Reghu, Dilip Raj Moderator-Sajeev P V Fireside Chat: My Writings, My Thoughts’- V R Sudheesh in conversation with M T Vasudevan Nair,


Dalits & Social Revolution’- K K Baburaj Rekha Raj, M R Renukumar, M B Manoj Moderator-Santosh Manicheri


7:30-8:30 Gothrakalothsavam: ‘Malapulayanritham’ Presented by KIRTADS Adikala Kendram Fireside Chat:Partition’- Urvashi Butalia, Anand



My Writings, My Thoughts’- Janaki Sreedharan in conversation with Anita Nair    
8:30-9:30   Mehfil:Bhanuprakash and Nihari      


04/02/2017- Day 3

9:30-10:30 Talking Cinema’-C S

Venkiteshwaran in conversation with Adoor Gopalakrishnan

    10:00-11:00 Mahaswetha Devi Documentary Film Direction: Joshi Joseph
9:30-11:00   The Future of Democracy’-Shashi Tharoor, K Venu, B R P Bhaskar, K T Kunjikannan Moderator- A P Kunjamu ‘Short Fiction: The New Phase’- V J James, Santhosh Echikanam, S Sithara, S Harish, Pramod Raman, Indu Menon, Lazar Shine Moderator-M C Abdul Nasar 11:30-12:30 Ithiaasathe Khasak-

Documentary Film

Direction:Jyothi Prakash

10:30-11:30 Face to Face: M Mukundan in conversation with Pinarayi Vijayan(Chief Minister of Kerala)     2:00-3:30 Ozhivudivasathe Kali- Story:Unni R Direction: Sanalkumar Shashidharan
11:00-12:30   Islam and the Islamic State’-Hameed Chenthaamangaloor, N P Chekutty, Dr Ashraf Kadakkal, Mujib Rehman Kinalur, Moderator- V Abdul Lathif Body, Nature, Desire: In Women’s Poetry’- V M Girija, E Sandhya, Vijila Chirappad, Gargi Harithakam, Moderator- Soman Kadaloor 4:00-5:00 Kadhayilninnum Cinemayilekku- A program for children and students of film Presented by: Neelan
11:30-12:30 India at 70’-Ramachandra Guha     6:00-7:00 Kanyaka Talkies-Story By: P V Shajikumar Direction: K R Manoj
12:30-2:00 Graphic Novel’s- N S Madhavan, E P Unni, Ramu Aravindan, Gokul Gopalakrishnan Moderator-Sudheesh Kottambram Science and Religion’- C Radhakrishnan, Dr. B Ekbal, M P Abudsamad Samadani, P N Das, Maitreyen, Bobby Thomas Moderator-Jeevan Job Thomas Defining Nationalism’-Kanam Rajendran, Dr. Rajan Gurukkal, C R Neelakantan, Civic Chandran, K E N Kunjahmed Moderator- A K Abdul Hakkim    
2:00-3:30 The Dalit Discourse:New Directions’-Gopal Guru,Sharankumar Limbale, Dr. P K Chandran Moderator- Sanal Mohan Travel & Literature’-Zacharia, M K Ramachandran, V Mussafir Ahmed, Sangeetha Sreenivasan Moderator- Mangad Ratnakaran Uniform Civil Code: Inside & Outside’- P S Sreedharan Pillai, Hameed Chenthamangaloor, Adv. Sebastian Paul, Dr M K Muneer Moderator- T K Ummer    
3:30-5:00 My Wirtings, my Thoughts’-Meena T Pillai in conversation with Shashi Tharoor & Kanishk Tharoor The Unwritten Stories’-B M Suhara, N P Hafiz Mohammed, B Murali, G R Indugopan, Arshad Batheri, P V Shajikumar Moderator- R V M Divakran Museum-Gallery-Archive’- Dr V Venu IAS, C R Rajagopal, Bara Bhaskaran, Kavitha Balakrishnan Moderator – C S Venkiteshwaran    
5:00-6:30 Campuses in Revolt: No Kid’s Play’- B Arundhati, Dinu K & O P Ravindran in conversation with Kanhaiya Kumar The Novel & History’- M Mukundan, Sethu, George Onakkoor, N Prabhakaran, T D Ramakrishnan, Khadija Mumtaz Moderator- Manoj Kuroor Childrens’ Literature’- Anita Nair,Palliyara Sreedharan, Sippy Pallipuram, Rubin D’Cruz, K Sreekumar Moderator- N P Hafiz Mohammed    
6:30-7:30 Sexual Morality in Cyberspace’-Parvathy, C S Chandrika, K R Indira, V K Adarsh, Sangeetha Sreenivasan Moderator- N P Sajeesh The Media 7 the Law Courts’-Adv. Sebastian Paul, John Britas, Kamal Varathur, Adv. Harish Vasudevan Moderator- Venu Balakrishnan Reading  Europe’-Alexandra Buchler, Nia Davies, David Lopez Del Amo, Maria Reimondez, Bruno Viera Amaral, Vinutha Mallya    
7:30-8:30 My Writings, my Thoughts’- K Satchidanandan in conversation with Anamika Fireside Chat- Ambai/Leena Manimekalai moderator- Shahina K Rafique Science & Rational Thought’-Maitreyan, Sam Santhosh Moderator-Jeevan Job Thomas    
8:30-9:30 Evening with Shehnai- Performance by Nair Abbas Khan(Grandson of Ustad Bismillah Khan)        



05/02/2017- Day 4



Imagining the Nation in Literature’- U A Khader, U Kumaran, C V Balakrishnan Subhash Chandran, Veeran Kutty,Vinoy Thomas Moderator- K V Sajay My Wirtings, my Thoughts’- N E Sudheer in conversation with Manu S Pillai World Literature: My Writings My Thoughts’- Dr Bindu Amat in conversation with Runo Isaaksen(Norway) 10:00-


Garaas(Hindi) Story: Devadas Direction: Sanju Surendran
11:00-12:30 Periodicals & Literary Taste’- Jose Panachipuram, C P Abubacker, P K Parakkadavu, N E Sudhir Moderator- C Gouridasan Nair Environment an Fictional Imagination’-Sara Joseph, M M Basheer, Asha Menon, Vaisakhan, Ambikasuthan Mangadh Moderator- G Madhusudhanan World Literature: My Writings My Thoughts’-Shahina K Rafique in conversation with Qaisra Shahraz 11:00-12:30 Mother-Based on Maxim Gorky’s Novel Direction:Dovzhenkov
12:30-2:00 Poetry: The New Stirrings’- T P Rajeevan, Prabha Varma, P P Ramachandran, Rafeek Ahmed, P Raman, P N Gopkrishnan, Sebastian, S Kalesh Moderator- P Suresh Creation & Criticism’- V Rajakrishanan, P P Ravindran, K S Ravikumar, E P Rajagopalan, P K Rajasekharan, M K Harikumar, K B Prasannakumar Moderator- Dr C Ganesh Democracy & Sexual Minorities’- A K Jayashri, P Geetha, Sheetal Shyam Moderator- G S Jayashri 2:30-4:30 Velutha Rathrikal-Based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ‘White Nights’ Direction: Razi
2:00-3:30 Myth & the Novel’- Sara Joseph, K P Ramanunni, T D Ramakrishnan, K V Mohankumar Moderator-Rajendran Edathumkara Re-reading Kerala’s History’-

M G S Narayanan, M R Raghava Warrier, K N Ganesh, Sam Santhosh Moderator- A M


Adivasis & their Struggle for Survival’- M V Shreyamskumar, Narayan, Grow Vasu, Gopalakrishnan, Vijayalakshmi, Joseph K Job, K K Surendran Moderator- Dr. P Jithesh    
3:30-5:00 Painting, Sculpture,Cinema & Society’- Bose Krishnamachari, Beena Paul, Riyas Khomu, Satyapal, Joy Mathew, Leena Manimekalai, Tom J Vattakuzhy Moderator- C S Venkiteshwaran Casteism in Literature’- Indu Menon in conversation with Charuniveditha Reading-Thanuja Bhattathiri,Rekha K, V M Devadas, M Chandraprakash, E K Sheeba, Lathalakshmi    
5:00-6:00 Dr. Rajan Gurukkal in conversation with Romila Thapar Publishing in Malayalam: Issues & Directions’-N E Balakrishna Marar,Jayachandan,Ashramam Bhasi,K J Johnny, Sumesh, Ravi Deecee, A V Sreekumar, Moderator- O K Johnny Reading- Prabha Varma, Alankode Leela Krishnan, P K Gopi, Sukrutharani, Girija Pathekara, Sahira Thangal, Ambalapuzha Sivakumar, M P Pratheesh, O P Suresh, P Sreedharanunni, Pavithran Theekkuni, Divakaran Vishnumangalam, Nasimuddin, L Thomaskutty, Mohanakrishnan Kalady, Ashok Marayoor, Ammu Deepa, Arya Gopi, K V Sumithra, Drupad    
6:30-8:00 Closing Ceremony        
8:30-9:00   Gothrakalothsavam:‘Aattam’ & ‘Kaattunaikkar’ Presented by KIRTADS Adikala Kendram      


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