Chennai, Jan 2018 : The city is all set to host the 5th edition of the mega Chennai Literary Festival (CLF) from 8th to 10th January 2018. University of Madras and over 30 colleges in and around the city have joined hands with Chennai Literary Association (CLA) to conduct the Festival. Thiru P. Duraisamy, Vice Chancellor, University of Madras, is inaugurating the 3-day carnival at University of Madras.
“We have conducted four successful editions in the past. It is heartening that students’ response to all these editions was significant and noteworthy especially in the scenario of today’s world dominated by electronic media. The objective behind Chennai Literary Festival is to make more and more people experience the pleasure of reading and add value to their lives. We hope this fifth edition will also witness amazing literary gathering as the previous editions,” said Mr. R.J. Kumaravel, President, Chennai Literary Festival, during a press meet organized to announce on the details of CLF. Mr. Sudhakar, Secretary, Mrs. Latha Rajan, Past President and Mr. G. Olivannan, Founder, CLF, were present during the announcement.
Various literary events happened as a prelude to main festival on the 9th December 2017 at Dr. MGR-Janaki College of Arts & Science, where more than 1500 students from several colleges from Chennai and Bengaluru participated. The activities featured Picture Story Writing, Quiz (Tamil and English), Mono-acting, Story Writing, Stage a Scene, Sing a story, Sing your Lyrics, Oratory, Identify the Writer, Dramatic Monologue, etc.
Following the Vice Chancellor’s address, the inaugural day of the festival (8th January 2018) will witness an English play by the students of University of Madras.
On Tuesday, the 9th January 2018, a Tamil Oratorical competition titled `Samakaala Nigazhvugal’ is slated to be held at Shri Krishnasamy College for Women at Annanagar and to be anchored by Mr. Ravi Subramaniam. Students from various colleges will participate. Concurrently, various literary workshops will be held in several participating colleges of the city. `Digital Literature’ at St Thomas College for Arts and Sciences, `Journalistic Writing’ at Loyola College, `Shakespeare in India’ at Madras Christian College, and ‘Thiraikalaiyum Ilakiyamum’ at Pachaiyappas College are to name a few.
On Wednesday, the 10th January 2018, Valedictory function is scheduled to take place at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai. Speeches by prominent speakers, cultural events and prize distribution to the winners of the competitions and literary events are to mark the day.