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Top 8 Reasons to Attend Mountain Echoes 2017


All roads lead to Bhutan this August, as one of the happiest nations in the world gears up for the eighth edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival. As the Land of the Thunder Dragon gets set to celebrate ‘Untouched Beauty, Unexplored Ideas and Unstoppable Voices’, we give you eight reasons to visit this distinctive literary, arts and culture festival, from 25th to 27th August 2017. Read on to know more!

 

1. MISTRESS OF SPICES 

Speakers: Padma Lakshmi in conversation with Barkha Dutt

Padma Lakshmi is in conversation with Barkha Dutt about growing up brown, the kitchen gods that inspire her and her go-to recipes. The self-confessed gastronome explains her philosophy of food and how she translates that into the written word as a food writer.  

2. WOMAN UP

Speakers: Amrita Tripathi, Barkha Dutt, Kuenga Wangmo, Padma Lakshmi in conversation with Tandin Wangmo 

Women are  an integral part of the organised workforce  and it is high time the society looked at ways to fix the skewed system. The panelists draw upon their personal experiences to talk about how to flourish in a work environment even when the odds are against you. 

3. ROMANCE AAJ KAL  

Speakers: Imtiaz Ali in conversation with Tsokye Tshomo

Imtiaz Ali speaks about his ever evolving cinematic style from Jab We Met to RockstarTamasha and most recently When Harry met Sejal. A director who writes his own films talks about his growth as a filmmaker, and his belief that films are the new literature. Tsokye while doing the conversation will bring in her experiences as an actor in Bhutan.

4. WRITE OUT LOUD

Speakers: Francesca Beard, introduced by Alan Gemmell

British poet Francesca Beard, in a session that interlaces conversation with performance, gets vocal about the medium of spoken word poetry and its importance in a world where honesty is a luxury.

5. THE SARI SERIES

Speakers: Malika Kashyap, introduced by Pramod Kumar KG

Malika Verma Kashyap, the producer and creative director of the pioneering film and photographic “The Sari Series” will speak about the process that allowed for the creation of this unique digital cultural document. The  series  aim at creating a perception shift on contemporary understanding of the sari by exploring its rich and varied history across the Indian subcontinent. Malika will also elaborate on the project’s unique journey from concept to completion through crowd funding, social media and the use of digital media as a new age enabler.
6. Tales of Mountain Roads 
Speakers: Ruskin Bond in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
Celebrated children’s author Ruskin Bond regales the audience with his memories and anecdotes from his life.  He throws light on how simple themes and motifs build compelling stories. 
 
7. ON THE RAMP
Speakers: Chimmi Choden, Chandrika Tamang, David Abraham, Prasad Bidapa, Rakesh Thakore in conversation with Malika Verma Kashyap
8. THE TURQUOISE HEART : A BHUTANESE REMEMBERS A BHUTANESE
Pawo Choyning Dorji speaks about the history and  significance of Pema Lingpa in Bhutan  and narrates the story through a visual presentation.

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