Lit fest: The seventh edition of the literary festival Mountain Echoes begins on August 26 in Thimphu.

An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi, the three-day literary festival is a confluence of art, music, literature and new media of both countries, serving as the ideal platform for debate, discussion, and cultural exchange.

The festival will open with a conversation on ‘climate change and its impact’ presented by author Amitav Ghosh and introduced by Indian Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar. Besides exploring contemporary issues facing Bhutan today, the festival will span the country’s full history, with a conversation on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in Bhutan. Kuenga Wangmo, Neyphug Trulku and Dasho Sangay Khandu will discuss his journey as undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in the history of Bhutan.

‘Bonfire Tales’: a cultural journey that travels via motorcycle to the Phobjikha valley in the impressive Black Mountains of Bhutan and then onto the warm climes of Punakha would be inaugurated this year.

Staff reporter