Exploring Literature and Tourism: Illam’s Successful Festival
Ilam, a picturesque hill district located in eastern Nepal, recently hosted a literature festival under the slogan ‘Literature for Tourism.’ Jointly organized by the Ilam Literature Society and the Ilam Literature, Arts, and Music Foundation, the festival aimed to promote tourism through literature. The event, which concluded successfully, featured a range of activities and dialogues that analyzed the current status of literature in the district and explored the role of literature in shaping the new generation’s orientation towards it.
On the first day of the festival, former Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Bishwo Poudel, delivered a presentation on ‘number, meaning, and spirituality.’ The presentation delved into the significance of these three elements in literature and their impact on society. The second day saw a political debate on ‘agenda or appearance, attended by the General Secretary of the CPN (Unified Socialist Party), Ghana Shyam Bhushal, Nepali Congress leader Gururaj Ghimire, and writer Khagendra Sangraula. The discussion focused on the importance of a politician’s agenda compared to their appearance.
One of the highlights of the festival was a dialogue on ‘writing: successful or relevant? featuring Yubraj Adhikari, Bishwo Mohan Shrestha, and Sabita Gautam Dahal. The speakers discussed the difference between successful and relevant writing and emphasized the importance of creating literature that is both impactful and relatable to the masses. Another dialogue featured poets Tirtha Shrestha, Lila Anamol, and Bhupin, who discussed the significance of local consciousness in poetry.
The festival also featured musical performances and recitations of poetry. Writer Kumar Nagarkoti recited a poem at the event, which was well received by the audience. Additionally, gajal writers from various districts participated in the festival and recited their gajals.
In an effort to promote awareness about red panda conservation, paintings of the endangered species were displayed at the tea estate in Ilam. The festival also aimed to promote agriculture and tourism in the district. An agriculture and tourism festival is being organized at Mangmalugn on April 14–15 to promote local products and secure their presence in national and international markets. The event is expected to attract over 150,000 visitors and will feature musical performances as well.
The literature festival held in Ilam under the slogan ‘Literature for Tourism’ successfully analyzed the current status of literature in the district and explored various dimensions of literature. The festival aimed to promote tourism through literature and featured a range of activities and dialogues that were well received by the audience. The event also aimed to promote awareness about red panda conservation, agriculture, and tourism in the district.