"I am upbeat and happy to be part of this unique literary festival in Patna,” Gulzar said. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who inaugurated the three-day long festival on Friday, urged the participants and organisers to make the event lively like the Jaipur Literature Festival.

"I hope that Patna Literature Festival has potential to turn it into a big event in coming years. It is purely a literature festival focused on Indian languages," he said.

When asked to comment on the festival, Festival Director Ajit Pradhan said it is a unique concept of including an array of literary traditions - from Hindi to Urdu, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi, Angika and Brajika - in the meet.
Reportedly, famous poets and filmmakers like Sudhir Mishra, Anubhav Sinha, Tigmanshu Dhulia would also grace the festival.

The CM’s cultural adviser, Pavan K. Varma, said that other than poets and writers, filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Anubhav Sinha, Tigmanshu Dhulia and others would talk on the "changing equation of time, place and action in Hindi films" on the last day of the festival on Sunday.

The first Patna Literature Festival last year was a big hit as it attracted large number of people, Varma added. "We expect more people this time," he added.

(Agencies)

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