Moun­tain echoes will see new faces this year

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The sixth edi­tion of Moun­tain Echoes the literary fes­ti­val will be held in Thim­phu from Au­gust 19th to 22nd This year the Re­liance will present the literary fes­ti­val pow­ered by Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan, an ini­tia­tive of the In­dia-Bhutan Foun­da­tion in asso- cia­tion with Siyahi. This fes­ti­val will be held to co­in­cide with the year­long cel­e­bra­tions of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s 60th birth­day an­niver­sary.

The fes­ti­val will be held with the world great­est literary minds with ses­sions at the au­di­to­rium of the Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan, Ho­tel Taj Tashi, and Tarayana Cen­tre for work­shops. The art ex­hi­bi­tions and film screen­ings will be done at Nehru Wangchuck Cul­tural Cen­tre. How­ever for the mu­sic and dances the venue will be at the the Clock Tower Square and at Mojo Park mu­sic lounge.

Fa­mous In­dian fic­tion writer Ashwin Sanghi , who ranks among In­dia’s high­est selling English fic­tion au­thors will be one of the speaker at the fes­ti­val. He has writ­ten sev­eral best sellers – The Roz­a­bal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Kr­ishna Key, and a New York Times best selling crime thriller with James Pat­ter­son, Pri­vate In­dia. In­cluded by Forbes In­dia in their Celebrity 100 and win­ner of the Crossword Pop­u­lar Choice, Ashwin has re­cently also penned a non-fic­tion ti­tle 13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck.

Sim­i­larly John El­liott the au­thor of the prize-win­ning Im­plo­sion: In­dia’s Tryst with Re­al­ity will be in Bhutan to at­tend the fes­ti­val. . Mr. John as the South Asia cor­re­spon­dent for The Fi­nan­cial Times in the mid-1980s vis­ited Bhutan and in­ter­viewed His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who talked about his plans for Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness. He has also writ­ten for The Economist, The New States­man, and For­tune mag­a­zine, and writes a blog on South Asia cur­rent af­fairs called Rid­ing the Ele­phant that also ap­pears on the web­sites of Newsweek, The In­de­pen­dent, and Asia Sen­tinel.

Among the Bhutanese speak­ers the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sam­drup Jongkher ini­tia­tive, Tshe­wang Dendup , es­tab­lished by His Em­i­nence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rin­poche will also be mak­ing his pres- en­ta­tions at the fes­ti­val. Tshe­wang over­sees the ini­tia­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in cli­mate smart agri­cul­ture, zero waste man­age­ment, ap­pro­pri­ate tech­nol­ogy and youth en­gage­ment. He worked in the Bhutan Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion for fif­teen years and con­tin­ues his in­ter­est in the media by de­vel­op­ing knowl­edge prod­ucts for the ini­tia­tive.

One of the youngest Bhutanese to take part in the fes­ti­val is Nawang Gyelt­shen, a poet and the founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Bhutan’s first so­cial youth co­op­er­a­tive, Y Co-op. He was a speaker at TEDxyouth or­ga­nized in Thim­phu, talk­ing on ed­u­ca­tion with­out schools. He shares his po­etry through a face­book page My Bleed­ing Pen and is cur­rently work­ing on his de­but novel.

As usual speaker from Bhutan in­clud­ing Nam­gay Zam, Dasho Karma Ura, Dasho Sangey Wangchuk and the pho­tog­ra­pher Yeshey Dorji who por­traits wildlife and peo­ple in Bhutan have earned him in­ter­na­tional renown will be of much sig­nif­i­cant .

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangchuck is the chief royal pa­tron for the fes­ti­val.

The Re­liance Group has busi­ness in­ter­est in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, power, in­fra­struc­ture, fi­nan­cial ser­vices and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries, and through its prod­ucts and ser­vices, touches the life of 1 in 6 In­di­ans ev­ery sin­gle day.

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