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

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CalJanuary 25-29, 2017

locationVictoria Memorial Hall, East Gate, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral

As we turn six, we welcome you back to the magical venue that has become home to us, with a cast of characters that grows bigger with every passing year!

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All sessions will be held in English and at Son-et-Lumière, Western Quadrangle, and Front Steps of Victoria Memorial Hall unless indicated otherwise. The programme is subject to change

    11.30 am Inauguration by Anita Desai, Kaushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director (Finance and Corporate) TATA Steel, and Dr Jayanta Sengupta, Curator, VMH
    11.50 am Writings of a Lifetime: Anita Desai in conversation with Supriya Chaudhuri
    12.45 pm North South Dialogues: Are stories from Tamil literature gaining a larger audience in the north? Perumal Murugan and Kannan Sundaram in conversation with Samantak Das 12.45 pm Tweets, Trolls and Lols: Arnab Ray (@greatbong) and Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) discuss the parallel universe that is Twitter. In conversation with Poorna Banerjee.
    2.15 pm How did Donald Trump the Press and Poll Pundits? Kanishk Tharoor, Deepa Iyer, Sandip Roy and Firoozeh Dumas discuss the election that divided America. In conversation with Devdan Chaudhuri. 2.30 pm Literature Across Frontiers: Albert Forns, Roman Simič and Inga Žolude on modern trends in European writing. In conversation with Alexandra Büchler
    Session Partners: Literature Across Frontiers, Creative Europe, Institut Ramon Llull, Accion Cultural Espanola, Croatian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Ministry of Culture, Arts Council Wales
    3.15 pm Mahasweta Devi, the Literary Legacy and Beyond: Swapnamoy Chakraborty, Usha Ganguli, and Ina Puri in conversation with Snigdhendu Bhattacharya (Bengali Session) 3.30 pm Times They are a Changing — Dylan and Cohen: A homage to the poetry and songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with Joie Bose, Ananya Chatterjee and Saira Shah Halim. In conversation with Arthur Cardozo. Music by Rahul Guha Roy
    4.15 pm The Sellout: Paul Beatty discusses his Booker Prize-winning novel with Sandip Roy 4.30 pm Taranath Tantrik: Release of the graphic novel based on Taradas Bandyopadhyay’s cult book, followed by a discussion featuring Surojit Sen, Anirban Mukhopadhyay, and Tathagata Banerjee; accompanied by a preview to the installation and performance at 50A Harish Mukherjee Road, from January 27-29, 5.00-8.00 pm (Bengali Session).
    5.15 pm Brexit and the Arts: Stephen Kelman, Philip Hensher, and Alexandra Büchler discuss the referendum and whether it will change UK forever. In conversation with Pradeep Gooptu
    Special Session: SREI
    5.15 pm Paanch Doshok aar 200 Bochhor: Jayanta Mitra, Ashim Chatterjee, Dr. Anuradha Lohia, Paroma Roy Chowdhury and Boria Majumdar discuss their days at Presidency College. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta (Bengali Session)
    6.15 pm India @ 70, a Report Card: Ramachandra Guha examines seven decades of democracy
    Special Session: Manyavar
    7.15 pm An Era of Darkness: Shashi Tharoor on the cost of Empire that India had to bear. In conversation with Sugata Bose
    Session Session: SREI
    8.30 pm Music Sutra – The Awakening: A musical performance by Ustad Rashid Khan, Deene Khan, Bonnie Chakraborty, Usri Banerjee, Alyssa Mendonsa, Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Gabu and others
    (Front Steps)
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
    11.15 am Before We Visit the Goddess: Release of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s new novel. Jash Sen in conversation with the author 2.00 pm Thrills and Spills: Ruskin Bond on why the Hills are a great setting for murders and mystery. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee
    Special session: Standard Chartered Bank
    3.15 pm The New Age International Thriller: Achala Moulik and Krishnan Srinivasan on the political landscape that defines their new-age thrillers. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty
    12.30 pm Hidden Histories: Shashi Tharoor and Sanjeev Sanyal on the silences and omissions in the textbook telling of India’s past. In conversation with Kunal Sarkar
    Special session: 100 Pipers
    3.00 pm New Homes, Old Memories: Anuradha Roy and Stephen Kelman in conversation with Panchali Mukherji 4.15 pm Two Bengals, One History: Shazia Omar and Jayanta Sengupta on whether pre-20th century history is perceived the same way by historians in Bangladesh and West Bengal. In conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha
    4.00 pm The Ocean of Churn: Sanjeev Sanyal on an ocean-facing view of Indian history and its ripples across the world. In conversation with Mudar Patherya
    Special session: Manyavar
    5.15 pm Kobitar Bhasha: Sudhir Dutta and Srijato discuss the place of classical and modern language in Bengali poetry. In conversation with Angshuman Kar (Bengali session)
    Special session: Standard Chartered Bank
    4.50 pm The Writing Gene: Shashi Tharoor and Kanishk Tharoor in conversation with Sandip Chatterjee
    Special session: Manyavar
    5.40 pm Chitra Katha: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on her remarkable literary career spanning decades and continents. In conversation with Diya Kar Hazra
    Special session: Vivel
    6.30 pm Women’s Lives Matter: Ashley Judd and Ruchira Gupta on why both women and men need to be reminded of women’s rights even today. In conversation with Sagarika Ghose.
    (Vivel special session)
    This session is supported by anti-sex -trafficking organisation, Apne Aap Women Worldwide (www.apneaap.org)
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
    11.00 am Integration and Identity: Deepa Iyer and Aakar Patel on how these issues are being tackled in the world’s largest democracies. In conversation with Sagarika Ghose
    Special session: Softbank
    11.15 am Radice’s Tagore: Sukanta Chaudhuri and Martin Kämpchen discuss the Tagore translations that took his writings to the world. Release of William Radice’s book Gitanjali Reborn: William Radice's Writings on Rabindranath Tagore. Conversation with Samantak Das
    11.50 am Acts of Faith: Javed Akhtar, Shazia Omar, Tabish Khair and Mudar Patherya on the triple challenge of Islamophobia, stereotypes and radicalisation. In conversation with Mir Afsar Ali 12.10 pm Science and Enterprise: Somak Raychoudhury and Devangshu Datta on how science and entrepreneurship work hand in hand
    Special session: SoftBank
    12.40 pm Pink and the Power of No: Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and Ritesh Shah on the importance of the 2016 film. In conversation with Kunal Basu
    Special session: Vivel
    1.00 pm Children’s Literary Meet Special: Ruskin Bond: Books that made Bond the writer he is. In conversation with Ahon Gooptu
    2.00 pm Banglar Shakespeare: Soumitra Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen and Suman Mukhopadhyay discuss how William Shakespeare’s plays have been transcreated on the Calcutta stage. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta (Bengali Session)
    Special session: Exide
    2.15 pm Does Literature Travel Well? Inga Žolude, Alexandra Büchler, Albert Forns, and Roman Simič on whether India is reading enough of world literature and if India’s vernacular writers are getting read abroad. In conversation with Debnita Chakrabarti
    Session Partners: Literature Across Frontiers, Creative Europe, Institut Ramon Llull, Accion Cultural Espanola, Croatian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Ministry of Culture, Arts Council Wales
    3.00 pm Kohinoor: Release of the book followed by a discussion featuring William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, in conversation with Sagarika Ghose.
    Special session: Exide
    3.15 pm Sita’s Echoes: Vaidehi, Volga and Nabaneeta Dev Sen on the Ramayan seen through Sita’s eyes. In conversation with Anuttama Banerjee
    4.00 pm The Art of Leaving: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Nayomi Munaweera on how stories about diaspora are framed by memories rather than arrival. In conversation with Sujata Sen. 4.15 pm View from the hills: Anuradha Roy on her writing, and her preferred hideout in the hills. Readings from Sleeping on Jupiter. In conversation with Sumit Ray
    5.00 pm Inheritance and Influence: Anita Desai and Kiran Desai discuss the joys of having two writers in the family. In conversation with Sandip Roy
    Special session: Vivel
    6.00 pm Recitations: Javed Akhtar and Srijato
    Special session: SREI
    7.30 pm The Last Mughal: Readings and performance by William Dalrymple and Vidya Shah
    Special session: SREI
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

    (Rabindra Sarobar, opposite Menoka Cinema)

    11.30 am For or Against: Is neutral reporting an impossibility? Can a journalist’s memoirs ever be objective? Rana Ayyub in conversation with Arunava Sinha 11.00 am Sialkot, Delhi, Kolkata: Ashwin Sanghi investigates which city is the thriller capital. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty
    Session Partner: Exide
    11.00 am Melancholy Melodies: Vidya Shah releases her book on Gauhar Jaan. In conversation with Balaji Vittal​ 7.00 pm Are Short Films Better when they are Deliciously Dark? Tisca Chopra and Vikram Bhatt in conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty. Session to start with the screening of Tisca's Filmfare Award winning short film Chutney and to end with the premiere of Vikram's short film Black Christmas
    Session Partner: RSBS Large Short Films
    5.30 pm From Bihar to Tihar: 2016 newsmaker Kanhaiya Kumar on his remarkable journey. In conversation with Mudar Patherya
    Special session: T2
    12.30 pm Kohinoor, an Indian Obsession: William Dalrymple and Anita Anand on the infamous diamond and its journey through continents. In conversation with Bee Rowlatt
    Special session: 100 Pipers
    11.50 am The Colour of Money: P. Chidambaram on demonetisation, the ethics of cash and cashless and what to expect from the Budget. In conversation with Rajdeep Sardesai
    Special session: Standard Chartered Bank
    2.30 pm Jihadi Jane: Tabish Khair on the inexplicable stories of IS recruits from Europe. In conversation with Piya Chakraborty
    12.40 pm Scripting an Innings: Sunil Gavaskar on playing, writing and talking cricket, In conversation with Kishore Bhimani
    Special session: Exide
    3.30 pm The New Short Story: Philip Hensher and Kanishk Tharoor on how the modern short story has charted its own path, inspired by past masters. In conversation with Debnita Chakrabarti
    1.30 pm Memories and Memorabilia: Abhinav Bindra, Boria Majumdar, Jayanta Sengupta and Deepa Malik on sports, artefacts and why sports and history don't go together in India. In conversation with Ashok Malik
    (​Session​ Partner: Vistara​)
    4.30 pm Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor on life, the cinema and the dynasty. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Choudhuri
    Special session: Standard Chartered Bank
    2.30 pm Mother Tongues: Paramita Satpathy, Volga and Joya Mitra on how stories about women unite various parts of the country
    Special session: SREI
    5.30 pm Movies, Masti and Magic: Mansoor Khan and Akshay Manwani on the biography of Nasir Husain and the magic of the 1960s Hindi film. In conversation with Balaji Vittal
    Special session: Standard Chartered Bank
    3.20 pm TO BE ANNOUNCED
    4.10 pm The Women who Made History: Bee Rowlatt on how the women who change history are often forgotten by it. In conversation with Sujata Sen
    5.00 pm Banglar Aaj o Aagami: What do young Bengalis look for in their books and cinema? Srijato, Anindya Chatterjee, Smaranjit Chakraborty and Pracheta Gupta (Bengali Session)
    Special session: TGBL
    5.50 pm Write the Change: Booker Prize winners Kiran Desai and Paul Beatty discuss their books and their views on recent developments in America. In conversation with Arunava Sinha.
    Special session: Standard Chartered Bank
    6.40 pm The Language of Love Aaj Kal: Ravinder Singh decodes Gen Y’s language and its art of loving. In conversation with Poorna Banerjee
    Special session: Vivel
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017
    11.00 am Children’s Literary Meet Special with Abhinav Bindra: Indian sports’ golden boy talks about the importance of dreams and of hard work. In conversation with Joybeer Dutta Gupta 11.30 pm Film on a Tab: Sujoy Ghosh and Tisca Chopra on cinema following literature into the personal device. In conversation with Balaji Vittal
    Special session: RSBS Large Short Films
    7.30 pm Indian Spirits: Palash Mehrotra and Nandana Sen raise a toast to the ‘spirits’ of India
    Special session: 100 Pipers
    12.05 pm Multilingual Muses: Kunal Basu and Anupam Roy on being bilingual and being writers. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty 12.30 pm Writing Places: Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Tiffany Atkinson and Sarah Bower from Norwich on cities and the way they inspire writers. In conversation with Arunava Sinha.
    Supported by Writer Centre Norwich, Arts Council of England and British Council. As part of UK India 2017 Year of Culture.
    12.55 pm Chronicling the Icons: Aruna Chakravarti, Hindol Sengupta on writing about the human side of Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda. In conversation with Dr Suman K. Mukherjee 2.00 pm Coming of Age in Bharat and India: Mukul Kumar and Devdan Chaudhuri on day jobs, writing and the differences of growing up in two Indias. In conversation with Avik Chanda
    2.15 pm Make Up Your Mind: Nandana Sen and Nabaneeta Dev Sen on the daughter’s translations of the mother's poetry. In conversation with Samantak Das
    3.00 pm Mon o Mejaj: Anupam Roy on his poems
    Special session: SREI
    3.15 pm Goliath of Shenzen: Aritra Sarkar on his path-breaking dual facing novel. The author in conversation with Arunava Sinha 4.00 pm Versifying Violence – Come and See the Blood on the Streets: A discussion on ‘poetry as protest’ with poets who are also passionate activists. Panel discussion with Devdan Chaudhuri, Avik Chanda, Saira Shah Halim, Ruchhita Kazaria and Bengali poet Srijato, to be moderated by Ashoke Viswanathan
    4.15 pm Is the Media Victim or Villain? Introductory speech by Hemant Kanoria. Rajdeep Sardesai, Siddharth Varadarajan and Ashok Malik on whether objectivity in media is dead. In conversation with Arunava Sinha
    Special session: SREI
    5.00 pm Short Films vs the Language Barrier: Jahnu Barua and Sujoy Ghosh on the popularity of their films across the country. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee. Screening of Jahnu Barua’s short film, That Gusty Morning, and Sujoy Ghosh’s short film, Ahalya.
    Special session: RSBS
    5.15 pm All the World’s a … Shakespeare on Page, Stage and Reel: Sukanta Chaudhuri and Suman Mukhopadhyay on reading, staging and watching Shakespeare on screen. In conversation with Jayant Kripalani
    6.15 pm The Story So Far: Kiran Desai on her novels and her inspirations. In conversation with Jash Sen
    7.15 pm Valedictory Address by His Excellency Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal


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