Mountain Echoes to focus on climate change, women’s voices, travel writing
The seventh edition of Mountain Echoes literary festival from 26 to 28 August will focus on climate change, women’s voices, and travel writing.
The event is set to open with a discussion on the global issue of climate change that has taken the world by storm in the past decade.
Popular novelist Amitav Ghosh, whose latest nonfiction ‘The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable’ deals with the issue of global warming, will talk about the issue.
There will be also a few sessions dedicated to the cause of women’s empowerment.
This edition of the festival will feature some of the greatest literary minds of the world along with workshops, art exhibitions, film screenings, dances and music performances which aim to provide a platform for the greatest literary minds to engage in a cultural dialogue.
It will bring together writers, biographers, historians, poets, musicians, artists, and filmmakers to engage in cultural dialogue, share stories, create memories and spend three blissful days in the mountains.
Mountain Echoes enjoys the patronage of Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the chief royal patron of Mountain Echoes, enthusiastically participates in the festival every year.
The Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, said,
“To discuss and debate the key issues facing Bhutan today, education, climate change, rural-urban migration, and to consider our history through the medium of literature, art and culture is a wonderful prospect. The festival has been a great catalyst for the appreciation of literature in Bhutan.”
This year, the festival will feature an eclectic group of writers from India, Bhutan and various parts of the globe, sharing stories and experiences from the Himalayan region.
Writers like Graeme Simsion, Çiler Ilhan, Jan Cornall, Jean Noel Orengo, Natsuo Miyashita, Odd Harald Hauge, Edwin Thumboo will attend.
Authors including Amitav Ghosh, Pico Iyer, Anjum Hasan, Mridula Koshy, Ira Trivedi, Jairaj Singh, Zac O’ Yeah, Piyush Pandey, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Paro Anand, Meru Gokhale, Namita Gokhale and His Excellency Jaideep Sarkar, present Ambassador of India to Bhutan will present.
This year the event brings a luxury bike tour, Bonfire Tales, into the mystical valleys of Bhutan on 22-24 August 2016 just before the festival starts. The participants will visit monasteries, examine old art, gorge on local cuisine and explore exotic Phobjikha Valley.
The festival also announces the inaugural edition of ‘Bonfire Tales’ a cultural journey that travels via motorcycle to the Phobjikha valley in the impressive Black Mountains of Bhutan and then onto the warm climes of Punakha.
Namita Gokhale, Pramod Kumar KG, Siok Sain Dorji and Tshering Tashi are the festival Directors.
The three-day-long literary celebration, Mountain Echoes is an annual literary festival held in Thimpu, Bhutan organized by India-Bhutan Foundation, in association with Siyahi, and the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan.
It was in the summer of 2009 that the idea of Mountain Echoes was born. It was formally founded in 2010 and since then gained massive attention.
The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar, will inaugurate the exhibition on 24 August at Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre in Thimphu.