Manipal, Sep 14,2017: Manipal University will host the Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (MILAP) on September 15, 16 and 17. The festival is spearheaded by Dr Neeta Inamdar, chief editor of Manipal University Press (MUP).
The three-day event will be primarily conducted in the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) campus with certain youth events in the MIT campus, Syndicate hall and the Planetarium auditorium.
As the first Literature and Arts festival of Manipal University, MILAP will offer a wide range of events consisting of translation workshop, literary meet, book fair, film festival, art exhibition, photography exhibition, cultural evenings, and youth events. The main event will be inaugurated by Jnanpith laureate Chandrasekhar Kambara along with renowned Kannada writer Vaidehi and Manipal University vice chancellor Dr H Vinod Bhat on September 15 at Gangubai Hangal Auditorium, MCPH.
As part of the inauguration, five books by MUP published under MUP’s Series – Indian Literature in Translation will also be released. These books include translations of both Chandrashekhar Kamabar’s ‘Mahamayi’ and Vaidehi’s ‘Muntada Kela Putagalu.’ English translations of ‘Swapnasaraswata’ of Gopalakrishna Pai, ‘Bamonn’ of Na D’Souza, and Sanskrit translation of Shivaram Karanth’s ‘Chomanadudi’ will also be released.
The literary meet and translation workshops will cover talks, discussions and conversations on various literary topics; contemporary and historic by expert authors, critics and translators, while the film festival will include discussions along with various movie screenings. The book fair will also offer exchange of books. Art and photography exhibitions will focus on art in literature and print, while the cultural and liberal arts will be covered through cultural evenings and youth events. The Manipal Journal will be the official media partner for the event.
The event will witness around 41 popular literary figures from all across the country with Prof Chandrasekhara Kambara, O L Nagabhushana Swamy, Girish Kasaravalli, N Manu Chakravarthy, Anjum Katyal, Shanta Gokhale, Arunajee Patil, K V Akshara and many others engaging in multiple interactions and panel discussions.
The cultural evenings begin on September 15 with the play ‘Mahamayi’, written by Prof Kambara. This will be followed by a Taalamaddale in English by M S Samaga and team on September 16 and a dance performance by Diya Naidu and team on September 17.
A pre-event programme was organised on Wednesday by the MILAP media relations team comprising students from School of Communication. They presented ‘Blind-folded conversation’ and ‘Slam-Poetry’ in association with The Psych Club, MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology) and Type-B Poetry, KMC respectively at the MIT quadrangle to highlight MILAP’s aim of propagating a sense of belonging and spread happiness in the local and global community and involving youngsters.
With around 25 entries for the short-film competition and over 200 registrations for the main event, MILAP is all set to be a success.
There will be live streaming of the festival on all three days: https://livestream.com/manipal/milap