GUWAHATI, Oct 20 - The inaugural ceremony of the Royal Group of Institution�s Literary Fest-2016 was declared open by chief guest Adil Hussain, guest of honour Upamanyu Chatterjee and chairman of Royal Group AK Pansari today.
The festival was joined by noted writers and academics including Geeta Dharmarajan, Preeti Gill, Sanjoy Hazarika, Jerry Pinto, Shinie Antony, Prof Bijoy Kumar Singh, Prof Pankaj Thapa, Rashmi Narzary, Patricia Mukhim, Prof Bibhash Choudhury, Dr Rakhee Kalita, Dr Shrutimala Duarah, Bhaskar Dutta Baruah, Bandita Phukan and Prof Ashes Gupta.
Pix-a-tale, which is about �framing a story by observing the pictures,� was one of the 22 events being held in River Talks. It was a one-hour competition among participants from different colleges and schools, which was judged by Dr Darshana Goswami.
A panel discussion was also held on traditional publishing vis-a-vis electronic publishing. Participating in it, Preeti Gill spoke about old and newer publishing mediums, saying that it was thought that e-books would take over 80-90 per cent of the market back in 2010, �but then it did not take off well.�
Some other events held today were �Tug of Words,� a debate on �The House believes that there can never be Gender Equality on this Planet,� and a poster-making competition in which there were 44 participants from different schools across the State.