One of Asia’s largest literature festivals, the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) will be held at Kozhikode beach from 12th to 15th January 2023. The festival is promoted by DC Kizhakemuri Foundation and supported by the Government of Kerala. Renowned Poet & Critic, K. Sachidanandan is the Festival Director. The eminent speakers include Nobel Laureates, Jnanpith Winners, Oscar Winners, Booker Prize Recipients, Literary Luminaries, Film & Theatre Personalities, Performers & Artists, Designers, Media Personalities, Diplomats, and celebrities from diverse backgrounds.
KLF is part of the tourist calendar of the region with participation from across India and from other parts of the world. KLF is expected to have the world’s best writers and speakers over the 4-day span of the event. Kozhikode, where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 was known as the spice capital of the world since ancient times. Celebrated for its richness in flavours the city is also known as the food capital of South India. It boasts of diversity in culture with 17 communities from across India settled centuries ago for trade and economic activities.
With an aggregate footfall of more than 3 lakhs, KLF combines the best of literary and popular cultures. The literature festival in the subcontinent brings writers, artists, actors, celebrities, thinkers, and activists closer to people of different backgrounds and interests. The event is rich with the presence of invitees from Turkey, Spain, the USA, Britain, Israel, New Zealand, USA, the Middle East, the Far East, and other parts of the world.
The sessions at KLF, aim to map literature through discussions on aspects of Science & Technology, Art, Cinema, Politics, Music, Environment, Literature, Pandemic & its Impacts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Health, Art & Leisure, Travel & Tourism, Gender, Economy, Culture Genomics, History & Politics and various facets that shape human consciousness.
Fireside chats at night, music concerts, and classical, theatre, and performing artists will make up the entertainment quotient at the festival. An eclectic mix of literary & cultural icons and an even spread of celebrity quotient under the same roof at the beach of Kozhikode makes KLF 2023 a hugely anticipated event in the State and across the country.
Speakers at KLF 2023:
The eminent speakers include Nobel Laureates, Jnanpith Winners, Oscar Winners, Booker Prize Recipients, Literary Luminaries, Film & Theatre Personalities, Performers & Artists, Designers, Media Personalities, Diplomats, and celebrities from diverse backgrounds.
The sixth edition promises to be a spectacular one with over 400 speakers including the likes of Abhijit banerjee, Nastasia Cheyenne Olivier, Shashi tharoor, william dalrymple, Manu s pillai, Geethanjali shree, Mahua Moitra, Palanivel Thiagarajan (PTR), Sanjeev sanyal, Prakash raj, P Sai nath, Wendy Doniger, Francesc Miralles, Jeffrey Howard Archer, Jerry Pinto, Sudhir Kakkar, Vinod Jose, Anand Raj, Shoma Chaudhury, Anirudh Kanisetti, Anjana Sankar, Kapil sibal, Ramchand, Ada Yonath, Hagith Yonath, Anitha Prathap, Shobhaa De, Faizal Kottikollon, Ambassador José María Ridao, Ramachandra Guha, Anand Neelakantan, Piyush Pandey, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Aanchal Malhotra, Sudha Murthy, Capt G R Gopinath, Meghnad Desai, Tushar Gandhi, Farahnaz Ispahani, Remo fernandes, Swami Purnachaitanya, Govind Dholakia, Nithin Eapen, Julia Trouilloud, Dr Sajjan Yadav, Venita Coelho, N Ravi Kiran, H. S. Sivaprakash, Vivek Shanbagh, Pathmapriya, Dr. Benny Kuriakose, Shehan Karunatilaka, S Ramakrishnan, Usha Uthup, Yoko Ogawa, Ghazala Wahab, Arundhathi roy, Jayati Ghosh, Richa Jha, Emily Perkins, MR. Bijan Moini, Anamika Chatterjee, Josy Joseph, Vivek Karunakaran, Benyamin, Td Ramakrishnan, Sunil P Ilayidam, S Hareesh, Kr Meera, Tj Joseph, Joseph Annamkuty Jose, M Mukundan, Pk Rajasekharan, John Brittas, Gaur Gopal Das, V J James, Santhosh George Kulangara, Chef.Suresh Pillai among others.