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Beastly Tales – Fables for Our Times

The Big Fat Bollywood Bubble

   
Whoddunit? A Crime Writer's Conclave Fairy Tales at Fifty: Twists in the Tale
   
India Shastra: Points of View Wild Tales of Bush & Field
   
In Search of The Indian Masterpiece Anticipating India:Issues of National Interest
   
TASCHEN celebrates 125 years of National Geographic The Great Indian Blogging Contest
   
Border Crossing:Across the Language Divide Having the last word with Hanif Kureishi
   
History between Literarture & Social Science Honour Fidelity & the Great War
   
The Literary Mile: A Literary Heritage Walk My Bookshelf: A Literary Adda
   
The Home & The World: Calcutta Revisited Has India Kept her Tyrst with Destiny
   
Breaking Through - On Beating Poverty Salil Tripathi- Byte
   
Sashi Tharoor-Byte Krisha Bose - Byte
   
Promo - 24 Ghanta  
 
   
 

 

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AKLF 2015 Events

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Dec 29 2014, Press Conference. Download Press Statement See Event Visuals


Wednesday, 14 January

School ReadRite - An Interactive Litfest for Schools

Chief Guest: Justice Leila Seth. With writers Kanishk Tharoor, Pia Padukone, Devdan Chaudhuri, Sandip Roy & Indrapramit Das, columnist & author Salil Tripathi, & literary scholar Tilottama Tharoor. Presented with Modern High School.

For participating schools only.

Venue: Modern High School Time: 10.00 am - 01.00 pm Partner: Modern High School

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Inauguration - Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2015

Creating & Sustaining: Cultural Heritage & Contemporary India

A panel discussion on tangible & intangible heritage featuring Shashi Tharoor, Charles Allen & Jawhar Sircar. Moderated by Swapan Chakravorty. Guest of Honour Leila Seth. Commencing with a vibrant performance by traditional artistes of Manipur, choreographed by Priti Patel & presented by Anjika.

Venue: Indian Museum Time: 06.30 pm Partner: Indian Museum Bi-centenary Year Programme (BcYP) & Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS)

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Thursday 15 January

Of Memory & Repentance: Revisiting the history of Bangladesh

Launch of The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War & its Unquiet Legacy by Salil Tripathi, followed by a discussion with K. Anis Ahmed, writer & publisher, Bangladesh.

Venue: Oxford Bookstore Time: 10.30 am -11.30 am Partner: Aleph Book Company & Oxford Bookstore

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In Search of the Indian Masterpiece

Launch of A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces edited by David Davidar, with a reading from the anthology by Shashi Tharoor, followed by a discussion with contributors Upamanyu Chatterjee, Shashi Tharoor, & Kanishk Tharoor.

Venue:Oxford Bookstore Time: 11.30 am - 01.00 pm Partner: Aleph Book Company & Oxford Bookstore

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India Shastra: Points of View

Launch of India Shastra by Shashi Tharoor, a collection of essays on contemporary India. Guest of Honour Krishna Bose will release the book, followed by a discussion with Sandip Roy, Senior Editor, Firstpost.com.

Venue: Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR. Time: 03.00 pm - 04.00 pm Partner: Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR

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Fairy Tales at Fifty: Twists in the Tale

Launch of Fairy Tales at Fifty, Upamanyu Chatterjee’s ‘wonderfully wicked & witty’ new novel, followed by readings & a conversation with Jeet Thayil.

Venue: Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR. Time: 04.00 pm - 05.00 pm Partner: Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR & Oxford Bookstore.

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Wild Tales of Bush & Field - Saad bin Jung in Conversation

Saad bin Jung of the Pataudi royal house, author, columnist, former international cricketer, wildlifer, angler, conservationist & photographer, launches Matabele Dawn, his book of African travel writings. Chief Guest Sahebzada Wasif Mirza, descendant of the Nawab of Awadh, will release the book. The author will be in conversation with Bikram Grewal, author, birdwatcher & conservationist & travel writer Michael Buckley.

Venue: Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR. Time: 05.00 pm - 06.00 pm Partner: Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR & Oxford Bookstore.

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Beastly Tales - Fables for Our Times

A collection of pieces by Vikram Seth & James Thurber. Motley presents a stage rendition of Vikram Seth’s poetic parables performed by Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Heeba Shah & Kenny Desai. Produced by Jairaj Patil.

Please collect your passes from Oxford Bookstore, Park Street. This event will be held outdoors.

Venue: Tollygunge Club Time: 07.00 pm Partner: Tollygunge Club & Motley Productions

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Friday 16 January

The Hero in Me with Jeroninio Almeida

In memory of Jit Paul. Motivational & leadership coach Jeroninio Almeida, author of Karma Kurry, addresses students on the importance of Character, Karma & Individual Social ResponsibilityTM, as exemplified by Jit Paul, Karmayogi & mentor Apeejay Surrendra Group.

Venue: Apeejay Lawns, Park Street Time: 09.00 am - 12.00 noon Partner: 91.9 Friends FM, Apeejay Karmayuga, iCongo, Apeejay Schools & Oxford Junior

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Whoddunit? A Crime Writers’ Conclave

Crime Writers Caryl Ferey (France), Hakan Nesser (Sweden), Zac O’Yeah (Sweden/India), in conversation with Kishwar Desai.

Venue: Oxford Bookstore Time: 10.30 am - 11.30 am Partner: Hindustan Times Crime Writers Festival New Delhi, Crime Writers Forum of South Asia, & Oxford Bookstore. Supported by French Book Office & Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi.

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The Big Fat Bollywood Bubble

Tisca Chopra, author of Acting Smart in a discussion on the romance of Bollywood with Amrita Chowdhury, Publishing Director, Harlequin India, & writer Ruchir Joshi. Moderated by Nandita Palchoudhuri.

Please collect your passes from Oxford Bookstore, Park Street.

Venue: The Park Time: 11.30 am - 01.00 pm Partner: Ladies Study Group, Kolkata & Oxford Bookstore

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Literary Commons: Indigenous Literatures & the 21st Century

Australian indigenous writers Ali Cobby Eckermann & Lionel Fogarty, in conversation with Mridula Chakraborty & Mona Zote, Esther Syiem, & Robin Ngangom, writers from Northeast India. Moderated by Tilottama Tharoor.

Venue: Indian Museum, Second Floor Time: 02.30 pm - 04.00 pm Partner: Indian Museum, Australia Council for the Arts & Oxford Bookstore

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The Great Indian Blogging Contest

Kolkata based bloggers meet for the award ceremony for the best blog on the theme of The Great Indian Chamcha.

Venue: Oxford Bookstore Time: 02.30 pm Partner: The Times of India & Oxford Bookstore. With support from Kolkata Bloggers

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Imploding Realities? Perspectives on Contemporary India

Launch of John Elliott’s Implosion: India’s Tryst with Reality, followed by a discussion with journalist Sajeda Momin & political commentator Shikha Mukerjee. Chief Guest Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, Calcutta University, will release the book.

Venue: Indian Museum Time: 04.00 pm - 05.00 pm Partner: Indian Museum, HarperCollins Publishers India, & Oxford Bookstore.

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The Great Indian: with Sorabh Pant

Stand up comic & author Sorabh Pant lets it rip. A laugh a minute.

Venue: Bhowanipore Educational Society College Time: 04.30 pm - 06.00 pm Partner: The Times of India

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Anticipating India: Issues of National Interest

Launch of senior journalist Shekhar Gupta’s Anticipating India: The Best of National Interest, a ringside view of contemporary Indian history, followed by a discussion with Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University.

Venue: The Park Time: 05.00 pm - 06.00 pm Partner: The Park, HarperCollins Publishers India & Oxford Bookstore

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Meltdown: From the Highlands of Tibet to the Deltas of Asia

Michael Buckley, environmentalist, travel-writer & documentary filmmaker, in his Meltdown in Tibet, discusses the damage to India & China’s fragile ecosystems from extensive development projects. With Sutanu Ghosh, environmental consultant & Dr Sreeradha Dutta, Director, MAKAIAS, followed by an audiovisual presentation.

Venue: The Park Time: 06.30 pm - 07.30 pm Partner: The Park, Pan Macmillan India & Oxford Bookstore

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TASCHEN celebrates 125 years of National Geographic

Taschen, international publishers of art, design & photography books, celebrates 125 years of the iconic National Geographic magazine. Renowned Paris-based photographer Reza presents his award winning photography for NatGeo & will be in conversation with Neha Dara, Deputy Editor, National Geographic Traveller India. Moderated by Marc Parent, TASCHEN.

Venue: The Park Time: 07.30 pm Partner: The Park, TASCHEN & National Geographic India, & Oxford Bookstore

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Saturday 17 January

First Day First Show: New Voices in Fiction

On writing a first novel: Saskya Jain, Pia Padukone, Sorabh Pant, & Avik Chanda launch their debut novels, followed by a conversation on writing a first novel.

Venue: Oxford BookstoreTime: 10.30 am - 12.00 noon Partner: Oxford Bookstore

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A Case of Exploding Ideas: A Literary Conversation

Mohammed Hanif, Pakistani writer & journalist, in conversation with Ruchir Joshi, writer, filmmaker & columnist.

Venue: Oxford BookstoreTime: 12.00 noon - 01.00 pm Partner: Oxford Bookstore

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Border Crossings: Across the Language Divide

With Florence Noiville (France), K. Anis Ahmed (Bangladesh), Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan), moderated by Razi Ahmed, Director, Lahore Literary Festival. Guest of honour Nabaneeta Dev Sen.

Venue: Western Quadrangle, Victoria Memorial Time: 02.30 pm - 4.00 pm Partner: Victoria Memorial & Oxford Bookstore

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Having the Last Word with Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi CBE, British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, novelist & among The Times List (2008) of ‘The 50 greatest British Writers since 1945’ interacts with Kolkata audiences after three decades. The author will be in conversation with author Jeet Thayil & Sujata Sen, Director, British Council, Eastern India.

Venue: Western Quadrangle, Victoria Memorial Time: 04.00 pm - 05.15 pm, Partner: The Jaipur Literary Festival, British Council, Victoria Memorial & Oxford Bookstore

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History between Literature & Social Science

Eminent historian & writer Ramachandra Guha dissects approaches to History. Followed by an interaction with Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University.

Venue: Western Quadrangle, Victoria Memorial Time: 05.15 pm - 06.30 pm Partner: Victoria Memorial & Oxford Bookstore

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Honour, Fidelity & the Great War

Launch of Honour & Fidelity: India's Military Contribution to the Great War 1914-18 by Captain Amarinder Singh. To commemorate the centenary of WW1, Capt. Singh, military historian, painstakingly retraces the footsteps of the Indian Battalions during the First World War. Audiovisual presentation & interaction with Sunanda K Datta-Ray, journalist & author. Chief Guest General Shankar Roychoudhury, former Chief of Army Staff, will release the book.

This event will be held outdoors.

Venue: Lascar War Memorial Time: 07.00 pm Partner: Roli Books, Open Doors, INTACH & Oxford Bookstore

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Sunday 18 January

The Literary Mile: A Literary Heritage Walk

Join fellow enthusiasts on a literary stroll down at historic Chowringhee & Park Street, starting from De Rozio's grave in the Park Street Cemetery to rare manuscripts at the Indian Museum. Starting at South Park Street Cemetery gate at 10.00 am.

Venue: South Park Street Cemetery Gate Time: 10.00 am Partner: INTACH, Indian Museum & Oxford Bookstore. With support from Calwalks & Presidency University Literary Society.

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My Bookshelf: An Adda

Hanif Kureishi, Ashis Nandy, Ramachandra Guha, Shekhar Gupta, Sugata Bose, Kalyan Ray, Mohammed Hanif, Tilottama Tharoor, Meera Mitra, Ruchir Joshi, K. Anis Ahmed & others at an informal ‘adda’.

Venue: Bengal Club Time: 11.30 am - 01.00 pm Partner: Oxford Bookstore and Bengal Club

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Breaking Through - On Beating Poverty

Launch of Meera Mitra’s Breaking Through: India’s Stories of Beating the Odds on Poverty. Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Goutam Ghose, social theorist Ashis Nandy & social activist Sudha Kaul. Chief Guest Ashis Nandy will release the book. Moderated by Anjum Katyal.

Venue: The Park Time: 04.00 pm - 05.00 pm Partner: Rainlight Rupa & Oxford Bookstore

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The Home & the World - Calcutta Revisited

Launch of photographer Laura McPhee’s The Home & the World – A View of Calcutta. Opening comments & moderation by Modhurima Sinha. Kalyan Ray, eminent author & academic, will release the book. Guest of Honour, Joanne Joria, Director, American Center, Kolkata. Photographs displayed courtesy INTACH.

Venue: The Park Time: 05.00 pm - 06.30 pm Partner: American Center Kolkata, INTACH & Oxford Bookstore

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Has India kept Her Tryst with Destiny?

Panel Discussion with Ashis Nandy, Shiv Viswanathan, Srinath Raghavan & Sugata Bose. Inauguration by Chief Guest Shri K. N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Governor, West Bengal.

This event will be held outdoors.

Venue: National Library Steps Time: 07.00 pm Partner: National Library & Oxford University Press

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Programme subject to change. All information correct at the time of updating (Jan 07th 2015).

 
 
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