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Feb 2017

An Interview with Devdan Chaudhuri: New Writers, New Audiences

Devdan Chaudhuri wears many hats: he is a poet, a fiction-writer and a columnist. His latest poem has been included in a list of 39 contemporary Indian poets in Muse India. His first novel, Anatomy of Life, was published by Picador in 2014. On sitting down for a chat after his session, this is what […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Manabi Bandopadhyay: What do I do with my Sexuality?

Manabi Bandopadhyay is the first transgender college Principal in India, currently working in Krishnanagar Women’s College in the Nadia district. This blogger had the privilege of meeting her at the 4th Kolkata Literature Festival, 2017 and this is what she had to convey. Recently, a transgender person was refused treatment at a Kolkata hospital for […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Priyanka Mookerjee: New Writers, New Audiences

A quick chat session with  Priyanka Mookerjee,writer of the debut novel ‘Hedon’. The title Hedon is very interesting. How did you decide on the title – during the first part of your writing, during or towards the end? The term ‘Hedon’ is taken from the term Hedonism – which means giving into your desires, going headlong […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Nitya Mehra: 50 Films that Changed Bollywood

Nitya Mehra is a filmmaker. She has worked with directors such as Farhan Akhtar, Mira Nair and Ang Lee. Her directorial debut, Baar Baar Dekho, was released in 2016. A trailblazing woman, her passionate demeanour and presence are inspirations in themselves.  Here are her thoughts as told to the scribe on a sunny afternoon at […]

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

The Vernacular Life of English

English is a lively, dynamic language. It lives; it breathes and recreates itself every moment. Similarly, it lives a vibrant life in the Bengali language too. This was the topic of discussion in the sixth session of day 1 at the Kolkata Literature Festival 2017. The panel comprised novelist and critic Saikat Majumdar, translator and […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Vivek Shanbhag: Accessing Literature through Translations

Vivek Shanbhag is a writer and translator, who works in Kannada. Ghachar Ghochar, a novella by him, has been translated by Srinath Perur into English. The work which captures the shades of a family’s relationship with newfound wealth, and consequently each other, has garnered universal praise. This blogger caught up with him in the Author’s […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Jenny Brown: Accessing Literatures Through Translation

Jenny Brown was previously the Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, and the first Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She was one of the primary forces behind the designation of Edinburgh as the UNESCO City of Literature. She is also the Chair of the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival, promoting new authors […]

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

Accessing Literatures through Translations

The second session on the first day of the fourth Kolkata Literature Festival revolved around the issue of the waning of translation works in India and elsewhere. Moderated by Dr. Abhijit Gupta, popularly known as “Tintin Da” among his students in Jadavpur University, the session saw him narrate how his own small press runs primarily […]