On Day 4 of Nepal Literature Festival 2012, the session Reading in the Time of New Media took place. For this session, the panelists were Sewa Bhattarai, Aakar Anil, Ujjwal Acharya, Kishor Pahadi and it was moderated by Rajneesh Bhandari. Most of the conversation delved into how social media has played a critical part in our daily lives with seeking and attaining the latest information and news. Sewa stated that most people today get news from social media sites. During the interaction, Sewa was asked how different new media is from traditional media for which she replied there is no space constraint and comments are much more welcome in new media. Other panelists shared their experience in new media and contrasted that with traditional media and a good discussion later ensued between the panelists and the audience.
We had heard about the festival first on Twitter and were excited to be at the Literature festival. Besides the sessions, there were also book launches, book signings and books purchasing. Ncell did a good job sponsoring such a culturally significant program. A couple of literature laureates shared their appreciation for the festival with us.
The four day festival had kicked off with much fanfare on September 20th and generated a lot of buzz on newspapers, Facebook and especially Twitter (#NepalLiterature). The handle @NepalLiterature was a great medium to follow for the latest update on the festival. The festival garnered international attention and NRNs were keen to follow the festival on social media.
We very much look forward to Nepal Literature Festival 2013.