GATEWAY LITFEST is a literary jamboree of regional writers and writings, with perhaps the largest such gatherings ever. It is a great confluence of regional literature in India. Many festivals, dominated by English and to some extent Hindi, have treated regional writers as step-sisters. Gateway Lit Fest is an attempt to correct this imbalance and impropriety by bringing together vernacular languages into English and Hindi-dominated mainstream literary jamborees.
Saleel Wagh (1967) is a leading contemporary Marathi poet. He has seven collections of poetry to his credit. Nivadak Kavita, Aadhichya Kavita, Sadhyachya Kavita, Racecourse Ani Itar kavita (2008), Junya…
Born in 1991 at Vellathooval in Idukki district of Kerala, Aswati Sasikumar is an electronics engineer by profession. Started writing from school days, Aswati’s first story collection, Josepinte Manam (The Smell of Joseph) received Kendreeya Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2017. She is also a recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi Geetha Hiranyan Endowment, Kakanadan puraskaram, Vaikom Muhammed Bashir award, Kadha Magazine award, etc Her latest short story collection Kannu (Eye) will be released shortly.
When the postcolonial Indian society for decades have crudely practiced what sociolinguists term as ‘ subtractive bilingualism’- where the acquisition of a second language is at the cost of the first language, (more…)