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06
Feb 2016

How Cities Inspire, Create and Influence

If you stay in a city for a long while, it grows on you. You discover new mentalities, thoughts and cultures and this session delved deeper into four such cities which have influenced four authors majorly. The first session of the last day brought together authors Zac O’ Yeah, Tulsi Badrinath, Arathi Menon and Bishwanath […]

05
Feb 2016

Stri Shakti – a Mesmerising Performance by Mallika Sarabhai

Sheer perfection, is how I would describe the goosebump-inducing performance put up by dancer Mallika Sarabhai at the last session of KLF 2016 Day 2. With heart-wrenching expressions and extreme grace, she narrated stories and left the audience spellbound. She certainly struck a chord with her audience by switching between several characters within a matter of […]

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

What Does it Take to be a Woman?

Plato wrote in his “Republic”, that it’s women, who make the cosmos move. Is being a woman a long drawn battle where she has to go on fighting? How difficult is it? This and much more was discussed at the session “The War Within – Being a Woman”. The session brought together three powerful women […]

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

An Ode to Womanhood

“It’s a perfect ensemble of a modern collage” – part of Bashabi Fraser’s poem “She”. Its when you have two poets with two distinctly different backgrounds up on stage, talking about a much discussed theme of motherhood, in terms of verses and poetry, you know you’ll have a session you cannot possible forget in a […]

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

A Musical Soiree – Amaan Ali, Ayaan Ali and Pt. Tanmoy Bose

When you are surrounded with words, poetry and literature, you seem to transcend time and travel into a different world. The experience is enriched when you have tunes and melodies in perfect harmony with each other. Such is the magic cast by brothers Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan and Pt. Tanmoy Bose as they […]

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 […]

04
Feb 2016

Kolkata, Calcutta and Kalkatta: The Many Faces of Our City

Kolkata. A city which has fascinated authors, poets and ordinary people at all times. A city, which exudes warmth and entangles you in a bond you cannot ever forget. In the sixth session of the day, we have three prominent personalities from varied field of interests talking about the one common aspect that binds them […]