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04
Feb 2017

Chetan Bhagat: Up, Close and Personal

The final session of the Kolkata Literature Festival saw on stage bestselling author Chetan Bhagat in conversation with Monideepa Banerjie. “Up, close and personal”, the star author was quizzed about everything, from books to his toothpaste! “He is Kolkata’s jamaai!” introduced Monideepa and Chetan Bhagat told Kolkata about how “mishti” the city is! “I hadn’t […]

04
Feb 2017

Reflowering of Bengali Literature – Bangla Badal

The only Bengali session of the Kolkata Literature Festival began with Nachiketa singing some soulful tunes. The packed audience was immediately enthralled and thus started a lovely session moderated by Tridib Chattopadhyay, Managing Director of Patra Bharati group of Publications. The panellists of the fifth session of the third day were Shirshendu  Mukhopadhyay, Srijato , […]

04
Feb 2017

Hindi Literature Today #KLF17

“To receive recognition from Calcutta is very special,” began Yatindra Mishra, who has four collections of Hindi poetry to his credit. The third session of day 3 of the Kolkata Literary Festival was about “Hindi Literature Today.” Yatindra Mishra began by speaking about some of his works about in the field of music. He described […]

03
Feb 2017

Stories from the Real World

Stories from the Real World brought together three eminent personalities from different walks of life, who’ve seen different sectors of real life and talked about success and the journey to it. Sujata Sen, director of the Kolkata Literature Festival, was the moderator for the fifth session of Day 2 at the Kolkata Literature Festival. Tamal […]

03
Feb 2017

Who are my Readers?

“Who are my readers?” was the third session of the second day at the Kolkata Literature Festival. Denes Gazsi, a professor of Middle Eastern languages, being the only non author in the panel, became the moderator for the session. Natalie Holborrow, being a poet, says, “It’s easier because I’m a poet, but for a novelist, […]

03
Feb 2017

Flying Words to Pages

A literature festival is incomplete without a session focussing on writing for children, and the first session of the second day gave the young audience just that. Mira Kakkar, founder of Thoughtshop Foundation, began the session by asking Jane D Souza about the journey of becoming an author and what her favourite authors were. Sumita […]

02
Feb 2017

What do I do with my Sexuality?

Sexuality. A word which brings out varying emotions in everyone. Some are hush hush while some are extremely vocal about their opinions . Moderator Sandip Ray, a novelist and journalist, started the session by talking about his book which talks about family secrets. He elucidated on incidents revolving around Article 377, suicides, gays and suicide […]

02
Feb 2017

New Writers, New Audiences

“Who are you writing for? For the reader or to tell your own story?” was the question moderator Esha Chatterjee asked all the panelists in the third session “New Writers, New Audiences” at Kolkata Literature Festival. The panelists were renowned authors, who’ve written books of different genres in the fourth session of the first day. […]

02
Feb 2017

50 Films that changed Bollywood

The Kolkata Literature Festival, held as a part of the Book Fair is a celebration of books, literature, poetry, music, films and more. It brings together authors, readers and other eminent personalities for discussions about the same. Spanning over three days, KLF will see over 25 sessions and over 65 authors. The inauguration of the […]

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