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04
Feb 2017

North East Authors grace #KLF17

The first session of the third day of the Kolkata Literature Festival was a very unique one as, for the first time, there was a session with North Eastern authors. The way it was conducted was also very unique, as it was more of a “adda” or a informal chat than a formal session on […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Neal Hall: Performance Poetry

Dr Neal Hall is a warrior-poet. His poetry refers to the immediate context of racial oppression, but spans beyond it to reach the heart of the human condition. With Subodh Sarkar and Debojyoti Mishra, he put up a performance of poetry and music that moved the audience to tears. This blogger met him after his […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Debojyoti Mishra: Performance Poetry

Debojyoti Mishra is a Kolkata-based music composer who shot to fame with his minimalist compositions in movies like Raincoat, Chokher Bali, Bariwali and Arekti Premer Golpo. He also happens to take a keen interest in painting. You had started off with advertising music and then moved on to other spheres initially with the production house, […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Divya Dutta

Divya Dutta wears many hats. She is a critically acclaimed actor, a columnist and now a writer.  Her memoir, Me and Maa, focuses on her relationship with Dr Nalini Dutta, her mother. During our conversation, she spoke about the bond between her and her mother, how she chooses the roles she wants to do and […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Sophie McKeand: Flying Words to Pages

Sophie McKeand is an award-winning , self-employed poet from north Wales, with poetry published in various magazines. She has performed at Green Man, Wilderness, Uncivilisation, Dinefwr and Focus Wales festivals as well as on the Caught by the River stage at the Good Life. Blogger at Huffington Post and new contributor at Wales Arts Review […]

03
Feb 2017

Conversations with Divya Dutta

This session is a rather special one not just for Kolkata but for cinephiles all over the country. It is extremely close to my heart because not only is Divya Dutta one of my favourite actresses but she is a lady with the kind of poise, elegance and subtlety which is almost incomparable. For the […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Devi Kar: Jit Paul Memorial Lecture

Devi Kar is the Director of Modern High School for Girls and the Modern Academy of Continuing Education. Besides being a member of multiple Education Boards and Scholarship panels, she is a writer of history books and driver of vintage cars. When this blogger met her after her session, the conversation ranged from education to […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Hardeep Puri: Stories from the Real World

Hardeep Puri joined the IFS in 1974. During a career spanning 29 years, he served in senior positions at the Ministries of External affairs and Defense. With extensive experience in the multilateral diplomacy, he served on three occasions as a member of India’s Delegation to the GATT/UN in Geneva including as Ambassador and Permanent Representative from […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Scotland’s Crime Writers Jenny Brown, Lin Anderson and Doug Johnstone: Bloody Scotland in India

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 […]

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 […]