6 unforgettable DAYS.
over 100 literary luminaries.
one memorable setting.

When

25-30 January, 2014

Starting at 1:45 pm

Where

Victoria Memorial Hall

and other locations for Google Brunch and AfterWords

Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) - the city’s annual date with books and ideas, is back in its third edition.
Browse through the schedule below, diarise the dates and look forward to a refreshing festival of literary luminaries.

Event Schedule

You’ve read their books... Now meet the writers!

KALAM PROLOGUE 23 Jan

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kolkata Literary Meet :: Jhumpa Lahiri on her stories and recreating Kolkata in them. In conversation with Rudrangshu Mukherjee.

  • Jhumpa-Lahiri

Saturday 25 Jan

1:45 pm

Inauguration by Gloria Steinem and Sankha Ghosh Inauguration followed Nukkad Natak by students of La Martiniere for Boys

  • Gloria-Steinem
  • Shanko-Ghosh
2:15 pm

As if Women Matter – Why feminism needs to be strident in India. Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta. In conversation with Ritu Menon

  • Gloria-Steinem
  • Ruchira-Gupta
3:30 pm

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Coolie Woman to Google Boy – Gaiutra Bahadur and Saroo Brierley talk about the odyssey of identity. In conversation with Sandip Roy
  • Gaiutra-Bahadur
  • Saroo-Brierley
4:25 pm

You’ve got to Be Joking – Frédéric Pagès, Shovon Chowdhury and Sarnath Banerjee on the fine art of poking fun with satire. In conversation with Samantak Das

  • Fedric-Pages
  • Samantak-Das
  • Sarnath-Banerjee
  • Shovon-Chowdhury
5:20 pm

Byango Banga: Chandril Bhattacharya, Rosinka Chaudhuri, and Indrajit Hazra examine why there is so little satire in Bangla writing. In conversation with Chitralekha Basu

  • Chandril-Bhattacharya
  • Chitralekha-Basu
  • Indrajit-Hazra
  • Rosinka-Chaudhuri
6:15 pm

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Sholay Se Lava Tak – Javed Akhtar on reel writing and real writing and whether such boundaries really exist.  In conversation with Pritha Kejriwal
  • Javed-Akhtar
  • Pritha-Kejriwal
7:30 pm

AfterWords :: Jayant Kripalani and Padatik present ‘New Market, Old Tales’

  • Jayant-Kripalani

Sunday 26 Jan

11:30 am

Google Brunch :: The Republic of Food – Karen Anand, Sujan Mukherjee discuss how food unifies India. In conversation with Rita Bhimani

  • Karen-Anand
  • Rita-Bhimani
  • Sujan-Mukherjee
2:00 pm

Upekkhito Upanyas: Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Anita Agnihotri and Tilottama Majumder on whether young Bengali novelists are avoiding the novel. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta

  • Anita-Agnihotri
  • Aparajita-Dasgupta
  • Sirshendu-Mukhopadhyay
  • Tilottama-Majumder
2:55 pm

Chronicles from Danger Zones – Peter Godwin on the tragedies of Zimbabwe and what awaits a post-Mandela South Africa. In conversation with Sandip Roy

  • Peter-Godwin
  • Sandip-Roy
2:55 pm

Somoy Ashanto: Syed Shamsul Haq, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi and Nabamita Das on Bangladesh coming to terms with its history. In conversation with Semanti Ghosh

  • Nabamita-Das
  • Sadaf-Saaz-Siddiqi
  • Semanti-Ghosh
  • Syed-Shamsul-Haq
3:50 pm

Bittersweet Memoirs: Literature from the Caribbean and the memories of indentured labour. Gaiutra Bahadur in conversation with Sayan Bhattacharya

  • Gaiutra-Bahadur
  • Sayan-Bhattacharya
3:50 pm

A Suitable Agent: David Godwin and Ruchir Joshi discuss the dynamics of the author-agent relationship

  • David-Godwin
  • Ruchir-Joshi
4:40 pm

What Young Indian Women Want: Devapriya Roy, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, Jash Sen and Jahnavi Barua on being the next generation of writers. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

  • Debnita Chakravarti
  • Devapriya-Roy
  • Jash-Sen
  • Sangeeta-Bandyopadhay
4:45 pm

The Ideas Of The Republic: Ananya Vajpeyi and Prof Sabyasachi Bhattacharya on India’s Constitution and the ideas that framed it. In conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha

  • Ananya-Vajpeyi
  • Sabyasachi-Bhattacharya
5:30 pm

The God Particle Decoded: Dr Bikash Sinha on Higgs-Boson

  • Bikash-Sinha
5:40 pm

Muffled Muses: Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi and Shyam Selvadurai on the wisdom and challenge of keeping alive the cultural life during political turbulence. In conversation with Pritha Kejriwal

  • Pritha-Kejriwal
  • Sadaf-Saaz-Siddiqi
  • Shyam-Selvadurai
6:10 pm

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LOL or Love OutLawed: Vikram Seth on why love must never bow down. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee
  • Vikram-Seth
7:10 pm

AfterWords :: Kaifi Aur Main – IPTA presents a play on the memoirs of Shaukat Kaifi on her life with Kaifi Azmi. Performed by Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and ghazal maestro Jaswinder Singh

  • Jaswinder-Singh
  • Javed-Akhtar
  • Shabana-Azmi

Monday 27 Jan

11:30 am

Google Brunch :: IT is as Good as You Want IT to be – ‘Google Boy’ Saroo Brierley, graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee and Parthajeet Sarma discuss the perils and perks of living in a webbed world. In conversation with Samit Basu.

  • Parthajeet-Sarma
  • Samit-Basu
  • Sarnath-Banerjee
  • Saroo-Brierley
1:45 pm

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Feminism Across Frontiers:
What a new generation of women must do to consolidate sporadic protest into long­term change. Gloria Steinem, Ruchira Gupta in conversation with Nilanjana S Roy
  • Gloria-Steinem
  • Nilanjana-S.-Roy
  • Ruchira-Gupta
2:55 pm

Kabyo Kothay?: The health of poetry on both sides of Bengal. Shamsul Haq, Srijato and Subodh Sarkar. In conversation with Nilanjan Banerjee

  • Nilanjan-Banerjee
  • Srijato
  • Subodh-Sarkar
  • Syed-Shamsul-Haq
2:55 pm

World Building: Nilanjana S Roy, Seema Mohanchandran, Shovon Chowdhury and Samit Basu discuss creating new Neverlands.

  • Nilanjana-S.-Roy
  • Samit-Basu
  • Seema-Mohanchandran
  • Shovon-Chowdhury
3:50 pm

Writing from North­East: Jahnavi Barua, Tayenjam Bijoykumar Singh and Chetan Raj Shrestha in conversation with Parthajeet Sarma

  • Chetan-Raj-Shrestha
  • Jahnavi-Barua
  • Parthajeet-Sarma
  • Tayenjam-Bijoykumar-Singh
3:50 pm

Utkorsher Sandhane – Amiya Bagchi, Prasanta Ray, and Somak Raychaudhury discuss the challenges of getting the best academics into the city’s university. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta

  • Amiya-Bagchi
  • Prasanta-Ray
  • Somak-Raychaudhury
4:45 pm

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Icon to Conman: Anita Raghavan and Sandipan Deb discuss the Rajat Gupta story from the American and Indian points of view. In conversation with Jash Sen
  • Anita-Raghavan
  • Jash-Sen
  • Sandipan Deb
5:40 pm

The Siege and The Republic – Adrian Levy on the story of the 26/11 attacks and what it tells the world about India. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty

  • Adrian Levy
6:35 pm

Naseeruddin Shah does a reading on Saadat Hasan Manto. Followed by a session on a lifetime in theatre. In conversation with Ankita Mukherjee

  • Ankita-Mukherjee
  • Naseeruddin-Shah

Tuesday 28 Jan

11:30 am

Google Brunch :: Dateline Disaster – Mark Tully, Ian Jack and Adrian Levy discuss their experiences as foreign correspondents during turbulent times from Operation Bluestar to 26/11. In conversation with Pritha Kejriwal.

  • Adrian Levy
  • Ian-Jack
  • Mark-Tully
  • Pritha-Kejriwal
2:00 pm

The Brave New Asian – Anita Raghavan, Tash Aw and Shyam Selvadurai discuss the diverse stories of Asian aspiration, in conversation with Sujoy Bhattacharyya

  • Anita-Raghavan
  • Shyam-Selvadurai
  • Sujoy-Bhattacharyya
  • Tash-Aw
2:55 pm

India-Indonesia – Ayu Utami discusses the ink link with Mrityunjay Kumar Singh

  • Ayu-Utami
  • Mrityunjay-Kumar-Singh
3:50 pm

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Go East Young Reader – Vikram Seth on the wealth of inspiration that lies to the east of India. In conversation with Samantak Das
  • Samantak-Das
  • Vikram-Seth
4:45 pm

War and Verse: What World War I Gave Literature: Alexandra Büchler, Sampurna Chattarji and Sreyashi Ghosh in conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty.

  • Alexandra-Buchler
  • Sampurna-Chattarji
  • Sreyashi-Ghosh
5:40 pm

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Manik Ratan – Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee on being mentored by Satyajit Ray. In conversation with Chinmoy Guha
  • Chinmoy-Guha
  • Samik-Bandyopadhyay
  • Sharmila-Tagore
  • Soumitra-Chatterjee
6:40 pm

Bnaadh Bhenge Dao: Tagore Nobel Centenary – Reading, singing and understanding Rabindranath Tagore 100 years after Gitanjali. Sugata Bose, Jawhar Sircar and Q. In conversation with Jayabrato Chatterjee
  • Jawhar-Sircar
  • Jayabrato-Chatterjee
  • Q
  • Sugata-Bose
7:00 pm

AfterWords :: Virasat – Rakesh Chaurasia and Rahul Sharma take forward the legacy of the flute-santoor combination. Accompanied by Pt Subhankar Banerjee (By invitation only)

  • Pt-Subhankar-Banerjee
  • Rahul-Sharma
  • Rakesh-Chaurasia

Wednesday 29 Jan

11:30 am

Google Brunch :: A life in Art – Artist Jogen Chowdhury, and art critic R. Siva Kumar discuss the legacy of eminent artist Padma Vibhushan KG Subramanyan.

  • Jogen-Chowdhury
  • R.-Siva-Kumar
2:00 pm

Curfew Nights and Mofussils Junctions: Swati Bhattacharya and Ian Jack and discuss whether India’s most fascinating stories lie outside city limits. In conversation with Sujata Sen

  • Ian-Jack
  • Sujata-Sen
2:55 pm

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The real Tagore heroines – Sharmila Tagore and Aruna Chakravarti on the Tagore women.  In conversation with Sangeeta Datta
  • Aruna-Chakravarthi
  • Sangeeta-Datta
  • Sharmila-Tagore
3:50 pm

Woe Calcutta – Jayant Kripalani and Indrajit Hazra discuss their fascination with the city’s underbelly. In conversation with Sandip Roy

  • Indrajit-Hazra
  • Jayant-Kripalani
4:45 pm

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Polls Apart: How the elections have changed between 1951 and 2014 and what it says about us as a nation. Somnath Chatterjee, Mark Tully and Ramachandra Guha in conversation with Ruchir Joshi
  • Mark-Tully
  • Ramchandra-Guha
  • Ruchir-Joshi
  • Somnath-Chatterjee
5:40 pm

Telling Tales – Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with Ian Jack on two decades and a bit of writing.

  • Amit-Chaudhari
  • Ian-Jack
6:35 pm

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A Life in Music: Ali Sethi presents excerpts of his documentary on Farida Khanum and discusses a life in music with her. Introduced by Soumyojit Das and Sourendro Mullick
  • Ali-Sethi
  • Farida-Khanum
  • Soumyojit-Das-and-Sourendro-Mullick-
7:00 pm

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AfterWords :: Timeless: A performance by Kathak exponent Aditi Mangaldas and her troupe Drishtikon.
  • Aditi-Mangaldas

Thursday 30 Jan

11:30 am

Google Brunch :: Goendagiri: A session on the evolution of the detective in Bengali literature and cinema. Featuring filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, Abir Chatterjee (who has played both Feluda and Byomkesh) and singer-actor Anindya Chattopadhyay

  • Abir-Chatterjee
  • Anindya-Chattopadhyay
  • Sujoy-Ghosh
2:00 pm

Banglar Haat: Nabaneeta Deb Sen, Joya Mitra, Gautam Bhattacharya and Arunava Sinha discuss ways in which the marketing of Bengali literature can be improved

  • Arunava-Sinha
  • Gautam-Bhattacharya
  • Joya-Mitra
  • Nabaneeta-Dev-Sen
3:00 pm

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The next 100 years
: Aparna Sen, Shantanu Moitra and Sujoy Ghosh on the films they want to see in India. In conversation with Ankita Mukherjee

  • Ankita-Mukherjee
  • Aparna-Sen
  • Shantanu-Moitra
  • Sujoy-Ghosh
4:00 pm

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Uttaradhikar Aruna Chakravarti and Srijato discuss Sunil Gangopadhyay. In conversation with Arunava Sinha
  • Aruna-Chakravarthi
  • Arunava-Sinha
  • Srijato
5:00 pm

Tongue Ties: Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Kunal Basu and Anupam Roy on whether Bengalis are losing their bilingual ability. In conversation with Debanjan Chakrabarti

  • Anupam-Roy
  • Debanjan-Chakrabarti
  • Kunal-Basu
  • Nabaneeta-Dev-Sen
6:00 pm

tata Arguments with Gandhi: Ramachandra Guha examines the Mahatma’s legacy on his 66th death anniversary. Lecture followed by discussion with Rudrangshu Mukherjee

  • Ramchandra-Guha
  • Rudranghsu-Mukherjee1
7:00 pm

AfterWords :: Melody and Memory Legendary Pakistani artiste Farida Khanum comes back to perform in Calcutta, the city of her birth

  • Farida-Khanum

Speakers

Click on the images to know more about the speakers and their sessions

Prasanta-Ray

Prasanta Ray


Parthajeet-Sarma

Parthajeet Sarma


Adrian Levy

ADRIAN LEVY


Pritha-Kejriwal

Pritha Kejriwal


Pt-Subhankar-Banerjee

Pt Subhankar Banerjee


Q

Q


R.-Siva-Kumar

R. Siva Kumar


Rahul-Sharma

Rahul Sharma


Rakesh-Chaurasia

Rakesh Chaurasia


Rita-Bhimani

Rita Bhimani


Ritu-Menon

Ritu Menon


Rosinka-Chaudhuri

Rosinka Chaudhuri


Ruchir-Joshi

Ruchir Joshi


Sadaf-Saaz-Siddiqi

Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi


Samantak-Das

Samantak Das


Sampurna-Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji


Samik-Bandyopadhyay

Samik Bandyopadhyay


Sandip-Roy

Sandip Roy


Sangeeta-Bandyopadhay

Sangeeta Bandyopadhay


Sangeeta-Datta

Sangeeta Datta


Sarnath-Banerjee

Sarnath Banerjee


Sayan-Bhattacharya

Sayan Bhattacharya


Sirshendu-Mukhopadhyay

Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay


Somak-Raychaudhury

Somak Raychaudhury


Soumyojit-Das-and-Sourendro-Mullick-

SOUMYOJIT DAS & SOURENDRO MULLICK


Somnath-Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee


Soumitra-Chatterjee

Soumitra Chatterjee


Srijato

Srijato


Subodh-Sarkar

Subodh Sarkar


Sujan-Mukherjee

Sujan Mukherjee


Sujoy-Bhattacharyya

Sujoy Bhattacharyya


Syed-Shamsul-Haq

Syed Shamsul Haq


Tayenjam-Bijoykumar-Singh

Tayenjam Bijoykumar Singh


Ananya-Vajpeyi

ANANYA VAJPEYI


Anita-Raghavan

ANITA RAGHAVAN


Aruna-Chakravarthi

ARUNA CHAKRAVARTI


Arunava-Sinha

ARUNAVA SINHA


Ayu-Utami

AYU UTAMI


David-Godwin

DAVID GODWIN


Fedric-Pages

FRÉDÉRIC PAGÈS


Gaiutra-Bahadur

GAIUTRA BAHADUR


Sujata-Sen

Sujata Sen


Gloria-Steinem

GLORIA STEINEM


Ian-Jack

IAN JACK


Debnita Chakravarti

Debnita Chakravarti


Javed-Akhtar

JAVED AKHTAR


Jayant-Kripalani

JAYANT KRIPALANI


Jayanta-Sengupta

Jayanta Sengupta


Mark-Tully

MARK TULLY


Naseeruddin-Shah

NASEERUDDIN SHAH


Rudranghsu-Mukherjee1

Rudrangshu Mukherjee


Nilanjana-S.-Roy

NILANJANA S. ROY


Peter-Godwin

PETER GODWIN


Ankita-Mukherjee

Ankita Mukherji


Ramchandra-Guha

RAMACHANDRA GUHA


Ruchira-Gupta

RUCHIRA GUPTA


Nabamita-Das

Nabamita Das


Samit-Basu

SAMIT BASU


Semanti-Ghosh

Semanti Ghosh


Saroo-Brierley

SAROO BRIERLEY


Shabana-Azmi

SHABANA AZMI


Shantanu-Moitra

Shantanu Moitra


Shanko-Ghosh

SANKHA GHOSH


Sharmila-Tagore

SHARMILA TAGORE


Sreyashi-Ghosh

SREYASHI GHOSH


Shovon-Chowdhury

SHOVON CHOWDHURY


Shyam-Selvadurai

SHYAM SELVADURAI


Sujoy-Ghosh

Sujoy Ghosh


Sugata-Bose

SUGATA BOSE


Tash-Aw

TASH AW


Sabyasachi-Bhattacharya

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya


Vikram-Seth

VIKRAM SETH


Anupam-Roy

Anupam Roy


Jayabrato-Chatterjee

Jayabrato Chatterjee


Joya-Mitra

Joya Mitra


Nilanjan-Banerjee

Nilanjan Banerjee


Tilottama-Majumder

Tilottama Majumder


Pranab-Ranjan-Roy

Pranab Ranjan Ray


Aditi-Mangaldas

ADITI MANGALDAS


Alexandra-Buchler

ALEXANDRA BÜCHLER


Ali-Sethi

ALI SETHI


Amit-Chaudhari

AMIT CHAUDHURI


Amiya-Bagchi

AMIYA BAGCHI


Anindya-Chattopadhyay

ANINDYA CHATTOPADHYAY


Anik-Dutta

ANIK DUTTA


Anita-Agnihotri

ANITA AGNIHOTRI


Aparajita-Dasgupta

APARAJITA DASGUPTA


Chandril-Bhattacharya

CHANDRIL BHATTACHARYA


Chitralekha-Basu

CHITRALEKHA BASU


Chetan-Raj-Shrestha

CHETAN RAJ SHRESTHA


Debanjan-Chakrabarti

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI


Jahnavi-Barua

Jahnavi Barua


Devapriya-Roy

DEVAPRIYA ROY


Chinmoy-Guha

Chinmoy Guha


Farida-Khanum

Farida Khanum


Aparna-Sen

Aparna Sen


Seema-Mohanchandran

Seema Mohanchandran


Gautam-Bhattacharya

Gautam Bhattacharya


Bikash-Sinha

Dr Bikash Sinha


Indrajit-Hazra

Indrajit Hazra


Jawhar-Sircar

Jawhar Sircar


Jash-Sen

Jash Sen


Jaswinder-Singh

Jaswinder Singh


Jhumpa-Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri


Jogen-Chowdhury

Jogen Chowdhury


Abir-Chatterjee

Abir Chatterjee


Karen-Anand

Karen Anand


Kunal-Basu

KUNAL BASU


Mrityunjay-Kumar-Singh

Mrityunjay Kumar Singh


Sandipan Deb

Sandipan Deb


Nabaneeta-Dev-Sen

Nabaneeta Dev Sen


Sponsors

Registration

Complimentary passes are ONLY available on the day of the event from East Gate, Victoria Memorial, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral. There are limited passes available. So we request you to be there at least half an hour before the day's session begins. One pass is valid for the entire day.

Afterwords passes are available only at

Gameplan Sports, 19B Shakespeare Sarani

Byloom, 58B Hindustan Park and FE 495 Salt Lake

The Address, Ganga Jamuna Building, 1st Floor, 28/1 Shakespeare Sarani (For January 28, 29 & 30 only)

Padatik, 6/7 AJC Bose Rd (For January 25 only)

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