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Dhaka Lit Fest 2016 kicks off at the Bangla Academy premises on Thursday. Nobel Prize winning litterateur VS Naipaul, Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor were present during the inauguration of the three-day long lit

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Nobel Prize winning litterateur VS Naipaul on Thursday inaugurated the three-day Dhaka Literary Festival at the Bangla Academy premises in the city.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Director General of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan, Festival Directors Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar and Kazi Anis Ahmed also delivered speeches at the inaugural ceremony.
"I am happy to be here in Dhaka to take part in the fest," said the Trinidadian Nobel Prize-winning British writer Naipaul.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith was also very much effusive in his address during the inaugural ceremony -- "An important aspect of the festival is that it is bringing out a good number of translations of Bengali literature for the readers worldwide," he remarked.
 "DLF has expanded our horizon in the world of literature," said Muhith.
Marking the contribution of literature in society, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor said, "Dhaka Lit Fest emerged as a learning opportunity for people around the world. I hope the festival will help make a secular and liberal society as well as create opportunities to learn about world culture."
The 2016 festival will also feature American-Indian poet Vijay Seshadri, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2016 Man Booker International Prize winner Deborah Smith and 2014 European Union Prize for Literature winner Evie Wyld.
The event will host around 200 talents of diverse origins.
Moreover, more than 60 prominent personalities representing 18 different countries will be a part of the three-day extravaganza.
There will be some 100 panels during the three-day event, which will also feature cultural programme, folk performances, poetry recitations, an editing workshop, children's programme and film screenings.
The festival will feature Bangladesh's traditional musical programme -- Jaari Gaan, Behula Lokkhindar and Pala Gaan -- to highlight the country's rich culture and history.
The festival is being produced by Jatrik, with Bangla Academy as the co-host and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs as special partner. The British Council is the gold partner and Energis and Purnava are the gold sponsors.

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