Litfest: The four-day Mountain Echoes literary festival ended last evening in Thimphu with a renewed sense of hope and anticipation of yet another round next year.
The fest saw personalities from renowned authors, musicians, artists, actors and journalists among others from Bhutan, India and abroad.
Audiences ranging from different backgrounds, from both Bhutan and India, from different range of ages and backgrounds filled the halls and was mostly packed, proving how well received the festival was.
The last day of the festival saw yet another round of pleasurable sessions with participants pointing out that such festivals are important to increase the understanding between the two countries.
In the closing speech Pramod Kumar KG, one of the festival directors, announced that Kunzang Choden and Siok Sian Dorji as the new Bhutanese festival directors for the next year along with them.
“Through the sessions, we spoke to each other and we understood each other so that we could have peace in the world,” he said. “But we realised that we need far more participation from Bhutanese people coming to sessions and debate more.”
However, we are very happy with the level of engagement we have seen this year, he added.
“With new people, we hope to address a larger Bhutanese audience, including Dzongkha and other local languages spoken by Bhutanese population who don’t speak English and Hindi into the sessions,” he said.
Namita Gokhale, one of the festival directors said, she felt a sense of fulfillment, satisfaction and sadness when the festival ended.
“It felt like the last day of the school but I am also happy that it ended with such a wonderful note,” she said.
The Mountain Echoes literary festival is an initiative by the India-Bhutan foundation produced by Siyahi and presented by USHA.
By Thinley Zangmo