The fourth edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) came to an end here on Sunday, leaving enthusiastic participants longing for more. All five venues of HLF2014 saw packed audiences during programmes organised throughout the day.
Organisers said the number of attendees at the festival had touched 5,000 this year, as compared to about 1,500 people in the previous year. HLF2014 was organised at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Manuu).
“I liked HLF2014 because it had interesting programmes, and workshops. I particularly enjoyed Rajmohan Gandhi’s talk on Saturday,” said Mustafa Barqi, a student of Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad (IIT-H). S. Anusha, another engineering student, was glad that her decision to attend the HLF2014 on a holiday proved to be fruitful as she found herself mesmerised by Deepa Kiran’s vivid story-telling ability in a workshop, which was organised at Kalpa School, one of the venues of the event.
“I have never attended something like this till now. And being from an engineering background, I have learnt something new about art and culture at HLF2014,” she exclaimed.
Other programmes which attracted participants were the theatre workshop by Cathal Quinn at Saptaparni, a presentation on R. D. Burman’s life at Kalpa School, a talk by Anand Raj Varma on his book Hyderabad – Mohalle, Gallis and Kuches , and many more.
The book stall at Ashiana also drew the attention of many readers, as several people glanced through literature available there, with many buying what they liked.
Packed audiences at all venues on Day 3 of the literary festival