The second day of the Nepal Literature Festival 2016 hosted 10 interesting panel discussions focusing on politics, economics, music, arts and literature. The festival has been organized by Bookworm Foundation with Random Readers Society of Nepal as the co-organizer.
The first session of the day, titled ‘How to Build Nepal’ (Kasari Banaune Nepal?) began with CA Member Rabindra Adhikari and journalist Rabindra Mishra discussing practical ways to help the country grow and develop. Along with the moderator, Economic Analyst Swarnim Wagle, the trio agreed that change is only possible if every single citizen, from the Prime Minister to a layperson, are faithful to their responsibilities. This was followed by a discussion among littérateurs Sharada Sharma, Nayan Raj Pandey and Manu Manjil, who debated on the criteria for a book to be considered a ‘classic’, and the presence of canons in Nepali literature.
At the same time, audience inside the hall enjoyed the session Unwritten Stories (Nalekhiyeka Katha), wherein poets and writers Upendra Subba, Shyam Shah and Seema Avas debated on the best means and mediums to bring forth newer issues in writing. The session was moderated by Sangeet Srota.
The third session in the lawn was a discussion among renowned analysts Pitamber Sharma, Bipin Adhikari and Surendra Lava on the politics of the constitution and politics, moderated by Dinesh Prasain. Inside the hall, writer Rabi Thapa talked to writers Thomas Bell and Pranaya Rana about choosing Kathmandu and disregarding other setting in their writings.
This was followed by an interesting dialogue between actor Anup Baral and writer-journo Bijay Kumar, who discussed issues ranging from television to books. After this was a discussion on the growth and status of literature in Pokhara’s society. In the simultaneous discussion being held in the hall, sociologists Aahuti and Sanjeev Pokharel led a riveting discussion on the intricacies of the caste system in Nepal.
The second day ended with a nostalgic session with singers Karna Das and Bibek Shrestha recounting their trials and travails abroad. They also entertained the audience with their musical performances.
The festival is hosting above 100 authors, artists, politicians, media persons, intellectuals, economists and sociologists among others in more than 31-panel discussions on a variety of topics.