Huge crowds mark their vibrant presence on 3-day literature celebrations

ILF ends by paying tribute to Intizar Hussain, Bajia

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Capital’s mega literature celebrations at Fourth Islamabad Literature Festival ends by paying tribute to legendaries late Intizar Hussain and Fatima Surraya Bajia here at Lok Virsa yesterday (Sunday) while marking the presence of huge crowd during the event.
Fourth Islamabad Literature Festival was organized by Oxford University Press in collaboration with Embassy of France, USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project, Stylo, AWAAZ, Getz Pharma, Tapal, The World Bank Group, ICAS, British High Commission, Cinepax, and ArtNow, Lok Virsa premises, and Careem while venue was sponsored by Lok Virsa.
The closing ceremony of fourth Islamabad Literature Festival was held yesterday (Sunday) here at Lok Virsa in which Oxford University Press MD and founder of ILF Ameena Saiyid, Co-founder Dr. Asif Farrukhi, French political analyst and writer Christophe Jaffrelot shared their views regarding the achievments and accomplishments of this years’ ILF. While addressing the ceremony Ameena Saiyid said that ILF has become a symbol of federal capital now. “At ILF we saw young people holding books and chasing authors for autographs. It was my dream come true as I wanted our authors to be treated like rock stars”, she added. She further said that ILF will bring more and more colors in the future. French scholar Christophe Jaffrelot on this occasion expressed his gratitude for being invited on fabulous ILF and said that literature could become the major tool to achieve positive societal changes.
The closing ceremony of ILF was followed by an enthralling dance performance by Shayma Saiyid which was widely acknowledged by the audience. On this occasion Lok Virsa also administered a special Sufi Musical Night.
Earlier yesterday, ILF started its third day with some amazing interactive sessions, dialogues and book launches. “Pakistani English Literature: New Books, New Writers, New Directions” was moderated by renowned writer Muneeza Shamsie while Ilona Yusuf, Kanza Javed, Harris Khalique, Sophia Khan, and Aroosa Kanwal shared their valued remarks on the topic.
A session on “Cultural Policy and Dynamics in South Asia” was also held in the first half yesterday in which Indian guest Sumant Batra participated along with well-known Pakistani artist Salima Hashmi, and the ED Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed while the session was Moderated by Mohammad Waseem.

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