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SAARC Literary Festival on South Asian Poetry concludes successfully

The SAARC Literary Festival on South Asian Poetry: Reflections of a Cultural Confluence was held from 2-5 July 2015, at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bangalore, India. The Festival was held in collaboration with the Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, Government of India. The Festival was inaugurated by Mr. Pramod Jain, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp. Over 50 delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the Festival. The list of Participants can be seen at Annex-1.

The Welcome Address was delivered by Mr. Wasanthe Kotuwella, Director, SAARC Cultural Centre followed by the addresses by Mr. Pramod Jain, Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, President, Sahitya Akademi, keynote speech by Mr. Malinda Seneviratne, noted poet from Sri Lanka and vote of thanks by Ms. Apsara Karunaratne, Research Assistant, SAARC Cultural Centre.

Mr. Malinda Seneviratne, one of the most eminent poets in Sri Lanka who has authored a number of award winning poetry collections, in his keynote speech titled ‘The Quest for Commonality’ expounded on the commonalities of human emotions and he mentioned that “we are nothing if not the fraternal citizens of a borderless and free territory of minds and hearts in a region called South Asia, a geographical accident produced by the movement of hidden plates over millennia and a passing specificity made of movement, sharing and exchange in the commerce of art, philosophy, innovation, goods, services and power.”

The Literary Festival included six country presentations, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In the country presentation, each delegation presented the historical developments and current status of poetry in their respective countries.

The Festival consisted of paper reading sessions and poetry reading sessions. A total of 17 papers were presented over 4 days (2-5 July 2015). The sessions were along the following themes:

  •     Country Presentations (6 Sessions),
  •     Colonial and Post-colonial South Asian Poetry: From Agitation to Celebration (1 Session),
  •     South Asian Poetry: Shared Characteristics and Trends (1 Session),
  •     Current Developments of South Asian Poetry (1 Session),
  •     South Asian Poets & their Contributions (Case Studies)  (1 Session) and
  •     The South Asian Poem through the Ages (1 Session)

The Poetry reading Sessions included 4 sessions with 33 participating poets reading their own compositions both in English and their native languages.

At the end of the Festival, a Valedictory Session was held at the Festival venue. Mr. Wasanthe Kotuwella, Director, SAARC Cultural Centre distributed certificates and mementos to all the participants of the Festival.


SAARC Photographic Competition and Exhibition 2015

(Theme: World Heritage Sites in the SAARC Region)


Request for Proposals from Technology Provider Firms

The SAARC Development Fund, having its Secretariat at Thimphu, Bhutan, invites Expression of Interest/ Proposals from eligible firms for developing online platform & providing related support services for launching its Social Enterprise Development Program (SEDP) across the 8 SAARC member states. Complete Terms of reference is available in the website www.sdfsec.org or may be obtained through email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Last date for submission of proposal is 18th March, 2015, 5.00 PM ( BST) 




Call for Contributions for SAARC Culture, Vol. 6: 2015


SAARC Culture is an annual research journal of the SAARC Cultural Centre Colombo, which seeks to provide a platform to the academics, practitioners and policy makers of culture in the region to present their research findings and to debate on issues of mutual and common interest. The journal is widely disseminated as an on-line publication and also as hard copy to project cultural richness and cultural diversity of the SAARC Region.

The first two issues of the journal were thematic in nature, viz.:

•    Vol. 1: 2010: ‘Rituals, Ethics and Societal Stability in the SAARC Region’, and
•    Vol. 2: 2011: ‘Diminishing Cultures in the SAARC Region’.

From the third issue onwards, The SAARC Culture focuses on various aspects and dimensions of cultures of the South Asian Region. The previous issues of the journal can be viewed online at http://saarcculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=74


Research articles and book reviews are invited for the next issue of the SAARC Culture (Vol. 6: 2015). Please refer to the Guidelines for Contributors.

Last date for submission
30 June 2015

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