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07
Feb 2016

Why Writing for Children Can Be So Rewarding

“These are the writers who make our city.” Apt words to introduce a panel that includes Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, Dipanwita Roy and Jash Sen. The writers are here for the second session on the last day of the Kolkata Literature Festival to discuss the art of writing for children. The adda-debate that is conducted, […]

06
Feb 2016

The Mystery of the Changing Detective

What was perhaps the most-awaited session of the Kolkata Bookfair begins, to nobody’s surprise, to thunderous applause as Dhritiman Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee and Sujoy Ghosh take the stage. The topic of “Byomkesh Through the Ages”  is tossed into the enthusiastic milieu as the evening sits up to take close notes.   Mr Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, […]

06
Feb 2016

An Interview with Shyam Benegal

Many of us don’t get the opportunity to meet our idols very often. So when I met famed film director Mr Shyam Benegal, I immediately plied him with some burning questions I’d always wanted to ask him. Here’s what he said: Your film, Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, deals with the issue of Netaji’s […]

05
Feb 2016

An Interview with Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu, in a session with Barun Chanda and Iftekhar Ahsan, spoke about the many faces of Kolkata. I caught up with him soon afterwards to ask some burning questions. Here’s what we discussed: In the course of the research for your book, “Kalkatta”, you saw a Kolkata within Kolkata that we don’t really see. How […]

05
Feb 2016

Why We Love Durjoy Datta

When there’s a handsome intelligent young man around, there will be admirers. And when there are admirers, there will be die-hard fans from dedicated fandoms. We spoke to two such young women who waited outside the SBI Auditorium at the Kolkata Literature Festival to catch sight of their object of adoration, the ever-charming Durjoy Datta. […]

05
Feb 2016

An Interview with Manabi Bandopadhyay, India’s First Transgender College Principal

I had the privilege of meeting the elegant and wonderfully articulate Professor Manabi Bandopadhyay for a few minutes. Here are some excerpts from the chat that followed: What are the greatest barriers in the Indian education system for transgender people? The barriers are not just in the education system. They have been discriminated against for […]

05
Feb 2016

Why Bengali Poetry Will Live Forever

How has Bengali Poetry evolved over the generations? That was the question being discussed at a chilly evening session amongst Alokranjan Dasgupta, Srijato Bandopadhyay, Subodh Sarkar, Bithi Chattopadhyay, Chaitali Chattopadhyay and Binayak Bandyopadhyay, all eminent Bengali poets. Tridib Chatterjee moderated. The session begins with the discussion of a “Future Poetry“: a poem that shows how […]

05
Feb 2016

How To Deal With the Challenges of Publishing in India

A session after my heart begins in the chilly afternoon at the SBI Auditorium in the Kolkata Book Fair: V. Karthika of HarperCollins India, Vaishali Mathur of Penguin Random House India and Bikash Niyogi of Niyogi Books debate the challenges of publishing in today’s India, moderated by Esha Chatterjee, CEO of BEE Books. “Publishing is […]

05
Feb 2016

Inspiring A Nation’s Freedom: The Netaji Mystery

When Mr Shyam Benegal, Mr Kingshuk Nag and Dr Purabi Roy take the dais for the first session on the second day of the Kolkata Literature Festival, the mood in the tent is sombre and tense. The topic under discussion is one of great sentimental value in Kolkata. It is the issue of the death- […]

04
Feb 2016

Remembering Badal Sircar and His Contribution to Indian Theatre

The fourth session on the first day  of the Kolkata Literature Festival as part of the International Kolkata Book Fair had Amol Palekar, Professor Ananda Lal and Anjum Katyal as panelists as they discussed Badal Sircar and his contribution to theatre in a session entitled ‘The Third Option: Badal Sircar and His Theatre’. The session […]