CALM is the theme of the 6th edition of Himalayan Echoes – Kumaon Festival of Literature & Arts
New Delhi, November 9 (IANS): Over the past five years, the Himalayan Echoes Festival, in the Himalayan foothills in Nainital, has gained traction with readers, writers and like-minded mountain-minded people celebrating books, the music and poetry in the beautiful setting of lush greenery. mountains dotted with cedars and oaks.
The previous year saw the first digital version of the festival due to Covid restrictions and the sixth edition on November 20-21, which will be held online, will be themed CALM – Creativity, Art, Literature, Mountains, closely supervised by Namita Gokhale and directed by its founder, Janhavi Prasada, as it brings together similar festivals in Nepal, Bhutan, Shillong and Mussoorie, a meeting which “is of the utmost importance for the future of the field”.
“This year’s festival is dedicated to the Himalayas and its importance to our ecosystem – our lives, our livelihoods, our environment, our survival. The meeting of the mountain festivals of Nepal, Bhutan and India is of the utmost importance to the future of the field. Through our literary platforms, we can reach out to like-minded people to create a common goal of spreading the importance of mountains in our lives and the importance of mountains in our lives. best way to maintain not only physical presence, but also the best way to learn to live in harmony with the mountains, ”said Prasada.
The goal, she says, is to:
Create space for meaningful and effective mountain dialogue
Engage all age groups of readers, experts and writers
Promote regional writers and mountain-related books, poems and research
Bringing together the interconnected cultures of the region.
Encourage regional art, crafts and agricultural products inspired by a sustainable and fair work ethic
Promote local talent in music and art
“Our aim is to resonate the voices of the Himalayan region. The intense two-day festival will highlight the beauty and joys of mountain life and the challenges that lie ahead and will delve deep into the cultural diversity and the unity of the Himalayan terrain Sharing the influence of the participating festivals will create a positive energy in these moments.
“We hope to nurture CALM as an informal collective of mountain festivals,” said Prasada.
To this extent, the offer will be a vast repertoire.
There will be internationally renowned musician Ani Choying Drolma, a Buddhist nun from Nepal known for her moving Buddhist performances; Mamang Dai, a quiet repository of knowledge but a transformative Himalayan thinker from Arunachal Pradesh, also the region’s first female IAS officer; Arjun Vajpayee, the icon of the youth mountaineer, who constantly seeks to be at one with the Himalayas; Stephen Alter & Akshaye Shah’s compilation of Uttarakhand voices of works by writer Namita Gokhale; historian Shekar Pathak on the Chipko movement; anthropologist Lokesh Ohri on the hidden history of Mussoorie; folklorist Gharwal DR Purohit on the age-old rituals of the Mahabharat; and food critic Pushpesh Pant.
Anjal Prakash will speak on the impact of climate change on the Himalayas with Mandakini Kaul, Regional Coordinator for South Asia at the World Bank; Famous journalist Kaveree Bamzai will be revealed by Professor Neerja Mattoo on her work on the women poets of Kashmir, to name a few.
Supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the festival will be streamed online on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each of its two days.
“I wish we could have this meeting of the Himalayan festivals in its physical avatar right here in Abbotsford (Heritage Hotel in Nainital), but we have to wait until next year. And I hope we can have all of our speakers, directors of festival, musicians, poets, authors, our audience, budding writers and mountain lovers here in person in 2022 ”, concluded Prasada.