Moun­tain Echoes to fo­cus on cli­mate change, women’s voices, travel writ­ing

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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.

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