Ncell is not just the largest telecom company of Nepal. Under its corporate social responsibility, it is proving to be a major promoter of Nepali literature.
With support from Ncell, The Bookworm Foundation is organizing the third edition of the Ncell Nepal Literature Festival 2013 between 25 and 28 October, 2013 (that is, 8 Kartik-11 Kartik, 2070) in the premises of the Nepal Academy at Kamaladi, Kathmandu.
As the sole sponsor of the Festival, Ncell has reaffirmed its commitment to the slogan 'Here for Nepal' by continuing its financial support towards the promotion of Nepali literature.
Director of Corporate Communications of Ncell Sanju Koirala says, "We believe in the saying that without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians and bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. Therefore we, at Ncell, have continued our support to the Festival from its start."
The organizer of the Festival, The Bookworm Foundation is a collective of people with passion for books and writing. The collective has been conducting readings, talk programs and writing workshops. The Foundation hopes that by bringing writers and readers together in one forum for literary conversations, the Festival will help broaden the scope and quality of Nepali literature.
The Festival will bring together 8 international writers such as Shobhaa De, Ravinder Singh, Prajwal Parajuly, Prakash Iyer, Anni Zaidi and Abhay K. from India, Ned Beauman from UK and Farah Ghuznavi from Bangladesh and over 90 Nepali writers and professionals.
These include Abhi Subedi, Akhilesh Upadhyay, Sudheer Sharma, Sharada Sharma, Vijay K. Panday, Anil Shah, Anil Chitrakar, Ramesh Kharel, Nayan Raj Pandey, Hari Bansha Acharya, Madan Krishna Shrestha, Rajesh Hamal, Yubaraj Ghimire and Sarshwoti Pratikshya, and Shakuntala Joshi, to name a few.
The inaugural edition of the Festival in 2011 was well-received by the audience and writers with an attendance of over 5,000 strong audience. International writers like Mark Tully, Indra Bahadur Rai and Ira Trivedi graced the occasion, in addition to over 60 eminent Nepali writers including Sarubhakta, Sharada Sharma, Narayan wagle, Usha Sherchan, Abhi Subedi, Dhruba Chandra Gautam and Jagadish Ghimire. The inaugural edition spread over 25 sessions. The second edition of the festival in 2012 turned out to be bigger and better with over 15000 people and more than 90 writers participating in it for 4 days.
The President of the Foundation Ajit Baral, says, "The Ncell Nepal Literature Festival is helping expand the already expanding Nepali book market by generating heightened interest in reading and writing. The Festival will be at the vanguard of a renaissance in Nepali literature."