Bhutan to host Moun­tain Echoes Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

New Delhi: The hap­pi­est coun­try of the world, Bhutan, is soon to host a spe­cial sixth edi­tion of the Moun­tain Echoes lit­er­ary fes­ti­val in its cap­i­tal Thim­phu.

An ini­tia­tive of the In­dia- Bhutan Foun­da­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Siyahi, the fes­ti­val will co­in­cide with the year- long cel­e­bra­tions of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s 60th birth­day in Bhutan. Ev­ery year, the fes­ti­val hosts writ­ers, po­ets, vis­ual artists, cu­ra­tors, film crit­ics and com­men­ta­tors from the world over, who en­gage in cul­tural dia­logue and in­ter­ac­tions on myr­iad sub­jects, in scenic Thim­phu for three days.

The chief royal pa­tron for the fes­ti­val is none other than Her Majesty The Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck her­self.

The fes­ti­val will also be a chance to meet some of the great­est lit­er­ary minds of the world with ses­sions at the Royal Ban­quet Hall and Ho­tel Taj Tashi. There are also work­shops and film screen­ings that will be held at the Tarayana Cen­tre for work­shops and film screen­ings. Browse through art ex­hi­bi­tions at the cul­tural heart of Thim­phu, Nehru-Wangchuck Cul­tural Cen­tre.

The fes­ti­val also boasts of a mu­si­cal fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing Bhutanese rock and Indie pop bands at the Clock Tower Square and Open Mic at Mojo Park mu­sic lounge.

Sev­eral speak­ers are go­ing to at­tend the fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing Best­selling Au­thor and En­tre­pre­neur, Ash­win Sanghi, jour­nal­ist Ba­har Dutt, Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son, best- sell­ing Au­thor, Chetan Bha­gat, au­thor Dasho Sherub Gyelt­shen, au­thor, Dr. Yon­ten Dar­gye, ac­tor Kalki Koechin, scholar - his­to­rian and med­i­ta­tion teacher Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi.

Bol­ly­wood film­maker Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani, Suhel Seth, wildlife en­thu­si­ast and con­ser­va­tion­ist Tsh­er­ing Tempa will also be present at the fes­ti­val which will be held from Au­gust 20 to Au­gust 22.

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