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In Bangalore? If So, Head To The Bangalore Literature Festival This Weekend

By Pranav

As the name suggests, the Bangalore Literature Festival, or fondly called BLF, celebrates reading and writing. The festival invites bookworms and bibliophiles to meet writers from across the globe and from across the country at the garden city, as the festival aims to bring the world to Namma Ooru Bengaluru.

The festival took its birth in the year 2012 as a non-profit organisation to celebrate the city's literary diversity and its creative essence by bringing together the best minds from the world of literature from within India as well as abroad.

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BLF has had 5 successful editions till date with more than 500 authors and speakers participating in it. The festival simply has been getting popular year after year. The founders conceived the festival with a guiding principle of making it a front runner annual literature festival which has it roots in Bengaluru along with global tie-ups to create a fascinating space, which brings forward engaging and thought-provoking discussions not only on literature but also one's life.

The festival has gained the recognition of being India's largest independent and crowdfunded literary gathering, which makes it annual experience focusing on rekindling one's love with literature and strengthening fine reading and writing especially amongst the young population in the city.

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The theme of this year's festival is Speak Up, Speak Out and will feature some of the most well-known authors and speakers, like Perumal Murugan, Kanhiya Kumar, Rahul Dravid, Girish Karnad, Ramachandra Guha, Twinkle Khanna amongst many others. Keeping its date with the current trends and happening, BLF will have several sessions which would cover various topics from politics, sports and children's fiction.

The festival also has a session on cricket where you would come across Anil Kumble sharing the space along with well-known journalists, like Rajdeep Sardesai and Gideon Haigh. The festival is not meant only for adults but also for the little ones who can spend their time taking part in the various workshops, storytelling sessions and many games.

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If you haven't been to the Bangalore Literature Festival even once, well then this is your opportunity to visit the festival. Put away all the office work and head to LaLiT Ashok, on Kumara Krupa Road this weekend, i.e. the 28th and 29th of October 2017, and rekindle the bookworm in you.

Other Attractions For Bibliophiles

In case you have more time to spend, head straight to the century-old State Central Library, which is home to over 3 lakh books. The library has a copy of every book that has been published in the state of Karnataka. The Central Library is also an important landmark, which is located inside Cubbon Park and is easily recognisable with its bright red walls.

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The library is also the biggest one in the state and stacks everything from periodicals to books in braille. If it is knowledge you seek, well then this is the place you have to visit; prepare to know more about the growth and change the city has seen, as there are many books that have compiled these fascinating stories.

The library is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8.30 am to 7.30 pm, and remains closed on Mondays and government holidays.

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