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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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

07
Feb 2016

Drumscape – Bickram Ghosh

It isn’t quite justified if a literary festival as successful Kolkata Literature Festival 2016 doesn’t end on the high note, is it? Thus, the concluding act for the three days of debate and discussion brought on stage tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh and his team. And they whipped up quite a storm with fascinating beats, rhythm […]

06
Feb 2016

The Rebirth of a Novel

The Gujarati novel, Saraswatichandra, has been translated into English by Tridip Suhrud, after almost 128 years. The making of the classic retold to the world wass the primary topic of this session. With a charming personality and a gracious smile, Prof. Kavita Panjabi welcomes Tridip Suhrud and Supriya Chaudhuri at the beginning of the discussion. […]

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, […]