Kolkata is getting its own literary festival, courtesy the Oxford Bookstore and our very own Maina Bhagat. I’m going to be on a panel for this on the 16th morning, titled rather dauntingly Sex and the City. There’s Ruchir Joshi, Sonia Jabbar, Anita Roy and me, all at the Roxy in the morning, talking about, well, sex and the city, presumably with literature happening somewhere between the sheets (of paper, you dog).
There’s something subtly debauched about being in the Roxy in the morning. It makes you wonder subconsciously what you were doing the night before (are you SURE?)
Here’s the full and nearly final programme (a few names are missing, but substantially this is it): put this in your brand new diaries for 2010.
Also note that the very interesting Atiq Rahimi will be here just after our panel.
Friday 15 January
Igniting Young Minds: event with underprivileged children.
Percussionist Bickram Ghosh & danseuse Jaya Seal will entertain kids with music and dance, and accompany them on a tram ride in the special branded Festival Tram
Venue: Anand Library
Animal Magic by author Subhadra Sengupta and Anita Roy, editor Young Zubaan.
Fun with puppets, dramatised readings and more fromYoung Zubaan/ Apeejay press titles
For kids at Oxford Junior Bookstore
Reading Kolkata… and the World
Panelists: Amit Chaudhuri, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sam Miller + 2
Moderator: Sujata Sen
Venue: Princep Monument
Venue Sponsor: INTACH
Publishing Associate: Penguin Books
Music by: Calcutta School of Music (CSM)
Saturday 16th January
Sex and the City
Panelists: Ruchir Joshi, Sonia Jabbar, Anita Roy, Rimi B. Chatterjee
Moderator: Bachi Karkaria
Venue: Roxy, The Park
Publishing Associate: Westland Tranquebar
Talk with Atiq Rahimi, a French Afghan author and winner of the Goncourt Prize for Syngue Sabour, or Stone of Patience.
Venue: Oxford Bookstore
Publishing Associate: Purple Peacock
Presented by Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival in association with Bonjour India Festival & Embassy of France in India
Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists: Paintings and Drawings from the V&A 1790-1927
British Council and Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival present a panel discussion on India through Western Eyes
Panelists: Pheroza Godrej, Shrabani Basu + 1
Moderator: Sangeeta Dutta
Venue: Victoria Memorial
Followed by dinner at Bengal Club with British Council
Sunday 17th January
Telling Stories: The Graphic Novel and Original Music
Panelists: Sarnath Banerjee, Subhadra Sengupta, Debjani Mukherjee
Mderator: Abhijit Gupta
Original Music by Five little Indians, directed by Neel Adhikari
Venue: Oxford Bookstore
Dreamtalker: Songs, Poems, Essays by Peter Pannke
Readings accompanied by the music of Pt. Prem Kumar Mallick, and Nishant
Venue: Fountain Court, ICCR
Presented by Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival in association with Max Mueller Bhavan, India
Launch of Saris of India: Tradition and Beyond by Rta Kapoor Chisti
Indian Classical Music performance
Display of vintage saris
Venue: Rosewood Hall, The Park