The second day of the Dhaka Lit Fest, the preeminent international literary conclave of the country, is going on at the Bangla Academy on the Dhaka University campus.
Participants from local and abroad are visiting the event with great enthusiasm since Friday morning.
In the afternoon session, Hasan Azizul Huq, Kaiser Haq, Bhaskar Chattopadhyay talked about various aspects of their stories.
Bhaskar Chattopadhyay, who translated a number of Hasan's short stories, said he was profoundly moved by plight of people in particular while Hasan Azizul Huq said his stories highlight the natives.
Shamim Reza conducted the session held in the auditorium in Bangla Academy.
In another session, Prof Rehman Sobhan discussed his recently published book "From Two Economies to Two Nations: My Journey to Bangladesh,” with Dr Kamal Hossain.
During the panel discussion titled "The March to the Independence," Rehman Sobhan recalled his memories during the 1971 Liberation war and said the nine-month struggle made the generation mature.
Dr Kamal said it is interesting how the noted economist reflected the views of the youths of 1951 through the book. Mahfuz Anam conducted the session in the afternoon.
On Thursday, Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the three-day event.
Doors will remain open for visitors from 9am to 7pm until Saturday.
Visitors will have to register for free – either online or with the booths at the venue – to join the festival.
On the occasion of the festival, the entire Bangla Academy complex was decorated colourfully and around 40 stalls have been set up.
Seven stages have been set up at different points on the premises; the guests from home and abroad will grace the numerous sessions with their presence, speeches, discussions and dialogues.
Dhaka Tribune, the Title Sponsor of the event, and Bangla Tribune have published special bulletins in English and Bangla respectively, detailing schedule, map to the venue and brief biographies of participants.
The information is also available on the festival’s official website http://dhakalitfest.com.
The road adjacent to the Bangla Academy – leading from the TSC roundabout to the Doyel roundabout – will be a one-way road. Only participants will be allowed to use that road.
Registered participants bringing personal vehicles will able to enter through the TSC point only and leave through the Doyel point. They will also have to collect parking stickers for their vehicles from a booth set up at the TSC.
The festival-bound vehicles with stickers can be parked in the Suhrawardy Udyan near the Ramna Kali Temple, opposite the festival venue.