The first day of the fifth edition of Kerala Literature Festival stood out for its compelling discussions on socially, politically and culturally relevant sessions. The beach, a natural crowd puller witnessed literature and cultural enthusiasts to listen and devour the plethora of sessions by of well-established writers, thinkers and social activists at the event.
Spread in five stages the fest on its first day brimmed with sessions by authors like Devdutt Pattanaik, addressing and a packed audience in the sessions on Gender and Sexuality and the enlightening session with Satish Padmanbhan on his books Yoga Mythology and How to become rich.
The Ezhuthachan Puraskaram (award) winner Anand spoke here at a session on the recent developments in the country which drew binaries to the concept of democracy, noted the author at the fest. The classical maestro TM Krishna was in conversation with Somak Ghoshal about his upcoming title Sebastian and Sons. Highlighting the focus theme of the fifth edition was the panel discussion on Climate Culture Context. What is Changing What is not! Architects Vinod Cyriac, Jaigopal Govinda Rao, R Nandalal, and Dileep Narayanan highlighted on climate change in the context of architecture. Focussing on the caste and history was the session by Dr. KS Madhavan, which threw light on the lesser known facts about the caste system in the cultural and literary context in the state KR Meera, M Mukundan, Benyamin, Ethiran Kathiravan spoke at the various labels in Straight Talks, KLF Mics, Conversations and panel discussions.