Mountain echoes will see new faces this year
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.
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