Eight edi­tions of Moun­tain Echoes to be held in Au­gust

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All roads lead to Bhutan this Au­gust as the 8th edi­tion of the Moun­tain Echoes Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val – an ini­tia­tive of In­dia-Bhutan Foun­da­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­dia’s lead­ing lit­er­ary con­sul­tancy, Siyahi, is an­nounced

Pre­sented by the Jaypee Group and pow­ered by the De­part­ment of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan, the dis­tinc­tive lit­er­ary, arts and cul­tural fes­ti­val will be held from Au­gust 25th – 27th, with a spe­cial in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony on 24th Au­gust in Thim­phu, the charm­ing cap­i­tal city of Bhutan.

The three-day fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate the Un­touched Beauty, Un­ex­plored Ideas and Un­stop­pable Voices from the heart of the hap­pi­est coun­try in the world.

Headline names set to ap­pear at the fes­ti­val this year in­clude Markus Zusak, an Aus­tralian au­thor known for his in­ter­na­tional best-sell­ers such as The Book Thief; Francesca Beard, a Lon­don-based writer and per­for­mance poet who is ap­pre­ci­ated around the world; Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion host and au­thor Padma Lak­shmi and In­dia’s na­tional trea­sure, au­thor Ash­win Sanghi.

The high­lights from the Bhutanese con­tin­gent in­clude His Em­i­nence Kyabje Khe­drup Rin­poche Ugyen Ten­zin Thin­ley Lhendup, ace pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker Pawo Choyn­ing Dorji, Khenpo Sonam Bumd­hen of the Cen­tral Monas­tic Body, and fron­trun­ners of the Bhutanese fash­ion world, Chimmi Cho­den and Chan­drika Ta­mang.

Other well-known au­thors set to at­tend the 2017 edi­tion of the fes­ti­val in­clude Prayaag Ak­bar, award win­ning jour­nal­ist and au­thor of the best­selling book Leila; lead­ing mythol­o­gist Dev­dutt Pat­tanaik, Sahitya Akademi Award win­ner Jerry Pinto and Sha­ranya Mani- van­nan, au­thor of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed The High Pri­est­ess Never Mar­ries: Sto­ries of Love and Con­se­quence among oth­ers.

The 2017 fes­ti­val will em­brace and ex­plore glob­ally rel­e­vant is­sues such as en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion, nat­u­ral his­tory, spir­i­tu­al­ity, and the global evo­lu­tion of tex­tiles and de­sign tra­di­tions, amongst oth­ers, there by bring­ing to­gether a range of ex­per­tise and per­spec­tives on stage through­out the three days.

Moun­tain Echoes lit­er­ary fes­ti­val was es­tab­lished un­der the pa­tron­age of Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, and the eighth edi­tion of the fes­ti­val aims to pro­vide a col­lab­o­ra­tive plat­form for cul­tural di­a­logue and en­cour­age the ex­change of ideas, sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences.

Fes­ti­val co-Di­rec­tor and cel­e­brated au­thor Namita Gokhale said, “Over the last eight years Moun­tain Echoes has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the most thought­ful, mov­ing and evoca­tive cel­e­bra­tions of lit­er­a­ture any­where on our planet. The shared nar­ra­tives of Bhutan and In­dia, and of moun­tain re­gions ev­ery­where, ex­pand the space for in­sights across cul­tures and ge­ogra­phies.”

Echo­ing Namita’s thoughts, Fes­ti­val Co-Di­rec­tor Pramod Ku­mar KG, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Eka Archiv­ing Ser­vices Pvt. Ltd, In­dia’s premier mu­seum con­sult­ing firm said, “Moun­tain Echoes goes be­yond just lit­er­a­ture and books. It is a fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates ideas, creativ­ity, and cul­ture. Each year we aim to make the fes­ti­val big­ger than last year, cu­rat­ing a pro­gram that is en­rich­ing and in­spir­ing. This year will be no dif­fer­ent as the eighth edi­tion prom­ises to keep au­di­ences en­gaged through a se­ries of thought pro­vok­ing work­shops and ses­sions.”

The stun­ning land­scapes of Bhutan and its rich his­tory pro­vide con­text for the cul­tural di­a­logue that is the Moun­tain Echoes Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val. The 2017 edi­tion will see em­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties from across the world come to­gether to dis­cuss a range of top­ics in­clud­ing Art & Cul­ture, Nat­u­ral His­tory & En­vi­ron­ment, Spir­i­tu­al­ity & Bud­dhism, Busi­ness & Lead­er­ship, Po­etry, Fash- ion and Food. Its idyl­lic lo­ca­tion and pro­gram­ming make it one of the most unique lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals in the world and a lead­ing event in the in­ter­na­tional lit­er­ary cal­en­dar.

Fes­ti­val co-Di­rec­tor and Founder-Di­rec­tor of Bhutan Cen­tre for Me­dia and Democ­racy, Siok Sian Dorji said, “Over the past seven years, Moun­tain Echoes has achieved tremen­dous pos­i­tive feed­back in Bhutan and en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pa­tion from peo­ple across the coun­try. The vi­sion of the fes­ti­val is to present a con­flu­ence of lit­er­a­ture, art and mu­sic from both In­dia and Bhutan. This year’s spe­cially de­signed pro­gramme will en­able au­di­ences to en­gage in what­ever form of sto­ry­telling in­spires them. Mas­ter­pieces on can­vas, through mu­sic and per­for­mances, or lit­er­a­ture, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. The fes­ti­val as al­ways is free for ev­ery­one to at­tend.”

Em­i­nent Bhutanese au­thor and Fes­ti­val Co-Di­rec­tor Tsh­er­ing Tashi added, “Each edi­tion of Moun­tain Echoes lit­er­ary fes­ti­val presents a deeper in­sight into the lit­er­a­ture, arts and phi­los­o­phy of both na­tions. The dis­cus­sion and dis­course at the fes­ti­val in­spires both lo­cal and global au­di­ences through a di­verse range of top­ics. Over the years, the fes­ti­val has boosted tourism here whilst also giv­ing the peo­ple of Bhutan a win­dow to global lit­er­a­ture. 2017 will see an in­crease in the num­ber of Bhutanese del­e­gates at the fes­ti­val and we are ex­cited to of­fer the world a glimpse into our var­ied cul­tural her­itage through the nu­mer­ous gath­er­ings planned.”

Set against the stun­ning back­drop of the Eastern Hi­malayas, Moun­tain Echoes lit­er­ary fes­ti­val is sup­ported by an ex­cep­tional panel of ad­vi­sors, which in­cludes Bhutan’s Honor­able Sec­re­tary of Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Dasho Karma W Pen­jor, ac­claimed au­thors Kun­zang Cho­den and Malvika Singh, pub­lisher Meru Gokhale, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Pa­van K Varma, and de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ist and writer Sonam Wangmo Jha­lani.

For years, Moun­tain Echoes lit­er­ary fes­ti­val has set the pace for dis­cus­sions on an­cient cul­tures and con­tem­po­rary is­sues. Join us yet again for an­other un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence this Au­gust.

Jaypee group presents Moun­tain Echoes lit­er­ary fes­ti­val is an ini­tia­tive of the In­dia Bhutan Foun­da­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Siyahi, pow­ered by De­part­ment of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan. It brings to­gether writ­ers, bi­og­ra­phers, his­to­ri­ans, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, schol­ars, photographers, po­ets, mu­si­cians, artists, film-mak­ers 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 eighth edi­tion of the fes­ti­val is be­ing or­ga­nized in Thim­phu, Bhutan from Au­gust 25 – Au­gust 27 with the in­au­gu­ral on Au­gust 24.

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