Event Schedule – January 22-27, 2019

No passes required. Entry free through East Gate, opp St Paul’s Cathedral

Tuesday, 22-January-2019

SON-ET-LUMIERE-VMH

4.00 pm: Inauguration: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan inaugurates the 8th Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in association with Victoria Memorial Hall

4.30 pm: Gene Machine: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan discusses his recent book with Anuradha Lohia

SON-ET-LUMIERE-VMH

5.30 pm: The Book Thief and Beyond with Markus Zusak: The author on writing for and engaging with readers across the globe. In conversation with Sandip Roy

6.20 pm: Gandhi and Bengal: Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Ramachandra Guha discuss the Mahatma’s footprints across the state and his presence in Bengal during Partition(SREI SESSION)

GOETHE INSTITUT/MAX MUELLER BHAVAN KOLKATA

7.00 pm: CAITLIN by Light, Ladd and Emberton

For Junior Kolkata Literary Meet

Wednusday, 23-January-2019

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

11.00 am: India and the Touch of Tech: Ravi Agrawal, Charles Assisi, and NS Ramnath discuss Aadhar, identity, connectivity, and government. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka (SOFTBANK SESSION)

12 noon: Designing your Destiny: Joshua Pollock in conversation with Rishabh Kothari

SON-ET-LUMIERE

1.45 pm: Kaifiyat: Shabana Azmi releases Kaifiyat Azmi’s poems on women and love in translation by Rakhshanda Jalil to celebrate the centenary year of the poet. In conversation with Sangeeta Datta (EXIDE SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

2.00 pm: I Spy With My Little Eye: Sajni Mukerji, Sujaan Mukherjee, and Supriya Chaudhuri discuss the writings of Humphrey House. In conversation with Krishnan Srinivasan

SON-ET-LUMIERE

2.40 pm: The Forest of Enchantments: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on her new novel. In conversation with Jawhar Sircar(SREI SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.00 pm: Hungryalists and Revolution: Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury on the fiery poetry of the 50s and 60s that sparked revolution in Bengal. In conversation with Jash Sen

SON-ET-LUMIERE

3.30 pm: Call Me By Your Name: Andre Aciman on the book, the screenplay, the film and the sequel. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

For Junior Kolkata Literary Meet

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.45 pm: Bridging East and West: The Rolland-Tagore letters read today. Chinmoy Guha in conversation with Krishnan Srinivasan

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

4.20 pm: Windows into History: Ramachandra Guha and Rudrangshu Mukherjee discuss the craft of biography

5.10 pm: Life of Yann: An author’s journey. Yann Martel in conversation with Sandip Roy

6.00 pm: From Russia with love – and intrigue and revolution!: Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses his writings on the Romanovs and the Revolution. In conversation with Hari Vasudevan

6.50 pm: Jerry Can: Jerry Pinto talks how he can and does manage poetry, fiction, Bollywood biographies and children’s fiction all at once

ICCR SATYAJIT RAY AUDITORIUM

7.30 pm: Dreamz - Sehar: A play that explores the interplay between dreams and reality featuring Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak Kapur

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

7.40 pm: Chowringhee theke Shah Jahan Regency: Mani Shankar Mukherjee, Srijit Mukherji and Abir Chatterjee. In conversation with Poorna Banerjee (STANDARD CHARTERED SESSION)

For Junior Kolkata Literary Meet

Thursday, 24-January-2019

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

11.00 am: Acting the Text: Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak Kapur on playing literary characters, and a lifetime of acting. In conversation with Ekavali Khanna (SREI SESSION)

1.45 pm: Framing the Court: Bachi Karkaria and Srijit Mukerji discuss the enduring fascination with the Nanavati and Bhawal Sanyasi cases. In conversation with Nandini Khaitan (SREI SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

2.00 pm: Reel Women: Mallika Kapur and Juhi Chaturvedi discuss the glass ceilings shattering around the film industry. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

2.50 pm: Reading Sita and Draupadi today: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Ambai discuss why the women in the great epics still fascinate us. In conversation with Supriya Chaudhuri (STANDARD CHARTERED SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.05 pm: Taranath Tantrik: Jayant Kripalani and Q

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

3.40 pm: India’s first Prime Minister: Rudrangshu Mukherjee discusses his new work on Jawaharlal Nehru. In conversation Hari Vasudevan

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

4.00 pm: Kama: The Riddle of Desire: Gurcharan Das in conversation with Debnita Chakravarti (SREI SESSION)

For Junior Kolkata Literary Meet

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

4.30 pm: The Twice Born: Aatish Taseer discusses his new book with Sandip Roy

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

4.50 pm: O Nodi Re: Anita Agnihotri on her novel Mahanadi. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

5.20 pm: My Grandmother’s Tweets: Geeta Gopalakrishan discusses the timelessness of Avaiyyar’s wisdom in tandem with Bharatnatyam. In conversation with Arun Lal

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

5.40 pm: Remembering Mrinal Sen: Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Anjan Dutt and Moinak Biswas, along with other contemporaries, pay tribute to the iconic filmmaker. In conversation with SV Raman

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

6.10 pm: Beyond History’s Icons: Simon Sebag Montefiore and Deborah Baker on how unknown characters and part players make the jigsaw called history complete. In conversation with Ravi Agrawal

7.00 pm: Flight and Fiction: Andre Aciman, Vanessa Hua, Leonara Miano and Vu Tran on how immigration, xenophobia and nationalism play out in today’s fiction. In conversation with Sandip Roy. (In association with University of Chicago and Alliance Francaise)

GOETHE INSTITUT/MAX MUELLER BHAVAN KOLKATA

7.00 pm: CAITLIN by Light, Ladd and Emberton

OUTRAM JETTY

7.45 pm: All aboard with Richard Parker: Boat cruise where Yann Martel discusses The Life of Pi with Mallika Kapur

For Junior Kolkata Literary Meet

Friday, 25-January-2019

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

2.00 pm: Once Upon A Short Story: DSC Prize nominee Jayant Kaikini, Tejaswini Niranjana and Prajwal Parajuly on their short story collections. In conversation with Sukanya Das

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

2.10 pm: Apni Unki Bhasha: Jason Grunebaum and Uday Prakash on translations and collaborations. In conversation with Alka Saraogi (In association with the University of Chicago)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

2.50 pm: Where is home for a Marwari? DSC Prize nominee Sujit Saraf on the depiction of the Marwari story, from immigration to influence. In conversation with Lipika Kankaria

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.00 pm: The Last Englishman: Deborah Baker in conversation with Claire Armitstead (STANDARD CHARTERED SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

3.40 pm: Non-Serious Men: DSC Prize Nominee Manu Joseph, Sarnath Banerjee and Anuvab Pal on things that can’t be said seriously. In conversation with Monideepa Banerjie (SREI SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.50 pm: Love Out Loud: Sharif Rangnekar, Aatish Taseer and Sandip Roy on what has changed with the exit of Section 377, and what remains the same. In conversation with Debanjan Chakrabarti

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

4.30 pm: Cinema’s new wordsmiths: Anupam Roy, and Niranjan Iyengar. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

For Junior Kolkata Literary Meet

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

4.40 pm: Is This a Good Time?: Sumana Roy and Shuma Raha discuss whether women’s stories are different or better today. In conversation with Monideepa Banerjie

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

5.20 pm: THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE 2018 AWARD CEREMONY: READINGS BY SHORTLISTED AUTHORS, FOLLOWED BY ANNOUNCEMENT

GOETHE INSTITUT/MAX MUELLER BHAVAN KOLKATA

6.00 pm: CAITLIN by Light, Ladd and Emberton

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

6.20 pm: Aamra Shobai Kobi: Srijato, Angshuman Kar and Chandril Bhattacharya on being poets when social media turns everyone into published bards and literary critics (SOFTBANK SESSION)

CALCUTTA CLUB

Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet presents Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films

7.00 pm: Screening of Maa, followed by discussion with Niranjan Iyengar, the director of the film, in conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

7.45 pm: Screening of A Happy End, followed by discussion with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the director of the film, in conversation with SV Raman

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

7.15pm: Two Women: Jnanadanandini, Kadambari & Jorasanko: Readings, visuals, and Rabindrasangeet — Aruna Chakravarti, Jayati Ghosh, Minoti Chatterjee, Averee Chaurey and Sharmila Bakshi

GOETHE INSTITUT/MAX MUELLER BHAVAN KOLKATA

8.00 pm: CAITLIN by Light, Ladd and Emberton

Saturday, 26-January-2019

CALCUTTA CLUB

11.00 am: 11.00 am: Republic of Diversity: Ashis Nandy, Sugata Bose and Rudrangshu Mukherjee on the ideas that moulded India. In conversation with Sukanta Chaudhuri

11.50 am: Crazy Asian Stereotypes: Vanessa Hua, Vu Tran, Anuvab Pal, and Rahul Bose on the representation of Asians in popular culture. In conversation with Prajwal Parajuly. (In association with the University of Chicago (STANDARD CHARTERED SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

2.00 pm: Ruskin Bond on The Queens of Crime: Ruskin Bond on Agatha Christie and other great crime fiction writers of the 20th century. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee (ZEE5 SESSION)

2.50 pm: Building Bridges: Tabish Khair, Nazia Erum, and Abdullah Khan on the faultlines and convergences of India. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.00 pm: Sunderbans, The Beautiful Forest: Bikram Grewal, Bittu Sahgal and Sumit Sen discuss the fragile beauty of one of the most unique places on earth. Readings by Sumana Roy. In conversation with Mudar Patherya (EXIDE SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

3.40 pm: The Seven Sisters Speak: Anjulika Samom, Anungla Longumer and Dolly Kikon speak on writing in the North-East. In conversation with Urvashi Butalia

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.50 pm: Troubled Genius – Manto and Dylan Thomas: Tracing the chaos and creativity of the writings. Eddie Ladd and Kavita Panjabi in conversation with Samantak Das

GRAVEYARD SHIFT: SOUTH PARK STREET CEMETERY SPECIAL

4.00 pm: Mir Nirjane: Readings by Mir (EXIDE SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

4.30pm: Cinemar Shera: Soumitra Chatterjee, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Anik Dutta on moments when Bangla cinema wowed the world. In conversation with Sangeeta Datta (Launch of “100 Essential Films” edited by Sangeeta Datta and Rohit K. Dasgupta. Rowan and Littlefield, 2018)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

4.40 pm: Tracking the Indian Thriller: Vineet Bajpai, Monabi Mitra, and Sirsho Bandopadhyay speak about the growing popularity of home-grown thrillers. In conversation with and Piya Chakraborty (EXIDE SESSION)

GRAVEYARD SHIFT: SOUTH PARK STREET CEMETERY SPECIAL

5.00 pm: Stories That Spook: Ruskin Bond on his ghost stories. Readings and conversation with Bikram Grewal (Zee5 SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

5.20 pm: Freedom Song: Sagarika Ghose, Sugata Bose, and Urvashi Butalia on the centrality of individual freedom within the idea of India. (Launch of ‘Why I Am A Liberal’ by Sagarika Ghose). (SREI SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

5.30 pm: Flashpoint Fiction: Tabish Khair, Satya Vyas, and Radhika Oberoi on setting their latest novels against political upheavals. In conversation with Pratiti Ganatra

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

6.10 pm: Remembering Ustad Vilayat Khan: Namita Devidayal discusses her biography of the maestro with Hidayat Khan and Shantanu Moitra. Followed by short tribute on sitar by Hidayat Khan (STANDARD CHARTERED SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

6.20 pm: Green Ink: Malay Roy and Sumana Roy discuss writing about nature. In conversation with Sukanya Das

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

7.15 pm: Red FM Shortcuts with RJ Praveen: Badewale Chhote Kisse – short stories with big twists

7.30 pm: Ek Ghadi Aur: Rekha Bhardwaj presents her memorable melodies

Sunday, 27-January-2019

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

11.00 am: Master on Masters: Amjad Ali Khan on the legends of Indian classical music. In conversation with Arunabha Deb

11.50 am: Batashe Baruder Gondho: Manoranjan Byapari in conversation with Arunava Sinha

12.40 pm: Has the wow factor left print media forever? Bachi Karkaria, Pritish Nandy, and Rajdeep Sardesai remember great Indian bylines from Khushwant Singh and Busybee to Cho. In conversation with Arunava Sinha (SOFTBANK)

2.00 pm: The Brothers Nandy: Ashis Nandy and Pritish Nandy in conversation with Rajdeep Sardesai

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

2.20 pm: The Echoes of Jallianwala Bagh: Amritsar, Kolkata, and the cost of empire. Kishwar Desai and Sugata Bose in conversation with Priyadarshanee Guha

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

2.50 pm: Kalam Recommendations: Amitabha Bagchi and Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi on their critically acclaimed novels. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

3.15 pm: Twilight Falls on Liberalism: Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Ashis Nandy discuss Mukherjee’s new book. In conversation with Krishnan Srinivasan

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

3.40 pm: The Wings of Literature: Mridula Garg, Jason Grunebaum and Rachana Yadav discuss the importance of literary journals and translations. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee. (In association with the University of Chicago)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

4.20 pm: Textile Tales: The future challenges and the golden past. Rta Chishti, Bappaditya Biswas and Sanjay Garg in conversation with Sukanya Das

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

4.30 pm: Antaheen a decade later: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Rahul Bose, Chandril Bhattacharya, and Shantanu Moitra remember the award-winning hit. In conversation with Sangeeta Datta (SREI SESSION)

WESTERN QUADRANGLE-VMH

5.10 pm: Women and Workplace: Before and after the hashtag: Ambai, Padmapriya, Ghazala Wahab and Nasreen Khan in conversation with Urvashi Butalia (STANDARD CHARTERED SESSION)

SON-ET-LUMIERE–VMH

5.20 pm: Mushtaq Hussain Er Darbari: Readings from Srijato and translations by Arunava Sinha, followed by discussion

6.10 pm: Bangla Sanskritir Ateet Kolkatay, Bhobishyot Dhakay: Samaresh Majumdar, Swapnamoy Chakraborty, Kaushik Sen, Firdous Azim, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Moderated by Chandril Bhattacharya

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7.30 pm: KALAM Finale: Amjad Ali Khan – Sarod Recital

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