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09
Feb 2017

An Interview with Durjoy Datta: About Being a Star Author

Durjoy Datta is an author and screenwriter, but it is his immediately apparent charm that endears him to millions of young readers in India. Part of a group of writers who have succeeded enormously in the genre of commercial fiction, Datta has penned stories that have captured the hearts of his audience, both on the […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Saroo Brierly: A Long Way From Home

Saroo Brierly is an Indian-born Australian businessman who was separated from his birth mother, adopted by an Australian couple and 25 years later reunited with his birth mother. His story generated significant international media attention, especially in Australia and India. An autobiographical account of his experiences, A Long way From Home, was published in 2014 […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Yatindra Mishra: Hindi Literature Today

Yatindra Mishra has four collections of Hindi poetry to his credit – Yada Kada, Ayodhya tatha Anya Kavitayein, Dyorhi par Aalap and Vibhas. As a music and film critic he has also written Girija (the life  and works of thumri singer Girija Devi), ‘Devpriya’, ‘Sur ki Baradari’ and ‘Humsafar’. His Meelon Se Din won the Best […]

04
Feb 2017

A Long Way Home

The eighth session on the final day of Kolkata Literature Festival 2017 was named ‘A Long Way Home’ after the 2014 autobiographical account of the experiences of Saroo Brierley. The discussion revolved around this story which was adapted into the movie ‘Lion’. The secretary of public affairs, Australian High Commission shortly opened the session. The discussion […]

04
Feb 2017

‘The Valley The City The Village’ Project

The second session on the final day of Kolkata Literature Festival 2017 saw a discussion on creative writing. It was in association with the British Council, BEE Books, Wales Arts International and Parthian. Esha Chatterjee, CEO, BEE Books moderated the discussion. The panel also consisted of Natalie Holborow, the winner of Terry Hetherington, Sophie McKeand, […]

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 […]