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CalJanuary 22-27, 2018

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All sessions will be held in English and at Son-et-Lumière and Western Quadrangle of Victoria Memorial Hall
unless indicated otherwise. The programme is subject to change
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January 22, 2018

VICTORIA MEMORIAL
SON-ET-LUMIERE
4.00 pm: Inauguration
4.30 pm: A World of Three Zeroes Muhammad Yunus discusses his new book and the future of microfinance. In conversation with Subroto Bagchi
5.30 pm: Political Violence in Ancient India Upinder Singh and Mukul Kesavan on history, research and interpretation in India. In conversation with Tapati Guha Thakurta
6.30 pm: Remembering and Reimagining Partition Aanchal Malhotra and Urvashi Butalia on how memories of Partition are being reimagined over the last 70 years. In conversation with Payal S. Mohanka (SREI special session)

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January 23, 2018

VICTORIA MEMORIAL CALCUTTA CLUB
SON-ET-LUMIERE WESTERN QUADRANGLE
10.30 am-1.00 pm logo

AT SON-ET-LUMIERE

11.00 am: Hashtag MeToo Tishani Doshi, Urvashi Butalia, and Shreya Sen-Handley on why India could not take the campaign beyond social media tokenism. In conversation with Piya Chakraborty (Telegraph special session) 6.30 pm: Baithak to Bollywood Shankar Mahadevan and troupe trace the classical roots of some of Hindi cinema’s best-loved songs
1.45 pm: Neeti Ebong Arthaneeti Muhammad Yunus in conversation with Kumar Rana (Bengali session, Standard Chartered special) 11.50 am: Writing Places Tiffany Atkinson, Mandakranta Sen, and Samit Basu discuss geography’s role in literature. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty    
2.50 pm: Bringing to Book Adrian Levy and Sunetra Choudhury on crime, punishment and chronicling sensational news stories in their recent books. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka 12.40 pm: A Muse Called Revolution Poetry Paradigm (a local group of poets) presents readings, recitation and music to celebrate a century of the November Revolution. Chinmoy Guha, Avik Chanda and Debojyoti Mishra in conversation with Ashoke Viswanathan
3.40 pm: The Book of Chocolate Saints Jeet Thayil discusses his new novel with Sandip Roy (Exide special session) 3.00 pm: My Kabul Years Nasreen Sattar and Krishnan Srinivasan discuss glass ceilings in combustible Kabul and the expat life
4.30 pm: Shesher Kobita Ekhono Keno Prasongik Readings by Soumitra Chatterjee and Lily Chakraborty followed by a conversation (Bengali session) 4.00 pm: Poetry Connections Sampurna Chattarji, Nicky Arscott, Subhro Bandopadhyay, Eurig Salisbury on how poetry links us. In conversation with Alexandra Büchler
5.20 pm: Girls are Coming out of the Woods Performance by poet Tishani Doshi followed by a discussion with Aanchal Malhotra 5.15 pm: A Lens for a Pen Chirodeep Chaudhuri and Sarah Hickson on the stories that photographs can tell. Readings by Jash Sen, and a conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha (British Council special session)
6.10 pm: Who Fakes News? Swapan Dasgupta, Pratik Sinha, Mahua Moitra, Aakar Patel and Ankita Mukherji discuss whether it is politicians or the media that produce fake news. In conversation with Sandip Roy (SoftBank special session)    

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January 24, 2018

VICTORIA MEMORIAL
SON-ET-LUMIERE Western Quadrangle
9.00 am - 1.00 pm logo

AT SON-ET-LUMIERE

2.15 pm: Sahitya Jokhon Itihaser Darpan Samim Ahmed, Mihir Sengupta and Aparajita Dasgupta in conversation with Rituparna Roy (Bengali session)
2.00 pm: Julia Donaldson in Conversation Julia Donaldson discusses ways to get children back to books. Chaired by Ruchira Das (British Council special session) 4.45 pm: Are Magic Realism and Absurdism the Best Way to Capture our Complex Times? Cristina Sanchez-Andrade, Mercedes Cebrian, Swapnamoy Chakraborty and Vikram Paralkar in conversation with Samantak Das
3.00 pm: The Myths are about us Devdutt Pattanaik on the renewed interest in the stories of India’s ancient texts. In conversation with Jash Sen (SREI special session) 6.45 pm: Black and White: Music and Myth of Women from the PuranasDevdutt Pattanaik in collaboration with classical pianist Anil Srinivasan
3.50 pm: Zakir Hussain — A Life in Music Zakir Hussain and Nasreen Munni Kabir discuss the Ustad’s memoirs. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri and Bickram Ghosh (Standard Chartered Bank special session)
4.50 pm: Leila and Miss Laila Prayaag Akbar and Manu Joseph on their new novels and a changing India. In conversation with Samit Basu
5.40 pm: Manto — The Man, the Stories, the Film Nandita Das and Nawazuddin Siddiqui on their forthcoming biopic on Manto. In conversation with Raja Sen (SREI special session)

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January 25, 2018

VICTORIA MEMORIAL
SON-ET-LUMIERE Western Quadrangle
9.00 am - 1.00 pm logo

AT SON-ET-LUMIERE

12.15 pm: Jailhouse Rock Vrinda Grover, DIG Roopa and Sunetra Choudhury on the world of crime, punishment and privilege in Indian jails. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty (Telegraph special session)
2.00 pm: Small is Beautiful Chhimi Tenduf-la and Wan Phing on the beauty and challenge of the short story. In conversation with Zafar Anjum 2.00 pm: Chhoto Golper Boro Kotha Short stories by Swapnamoy Chakraborty and Abhijit Taraphder presented by Urmimala and Jagannath Basu. Followed by a discussion with Bani Basu (Bengali session)
2.50 pm: I am Big Brother — Self Censorship and the Writer Perumal Murugan, Kannan Sundaram, Kiran Nagarkar and Manu Joseph, with Shreevatsa Nevatia 3.15 pm: @The Republic-Shankaracharya: Pavan Varma traces India’s first spiritual leaders and their current avatars. In conversation with Jawhar Sircar (Standard Chartered special session)
3.40 pm: Junoon How Bond’s Flight of Pigeons became Shashi Kapoor’s Junoon. Ruskin Bond, Shabana Azmi, and Nafisa Ali in conversation with Balaji Vittal (SREI special session) 5.00 pm: Philosophy and Imagination Barbara Cassin, Divya Dwivedi, Shaj Mohan and Patrice Maniglier in conversation
4.30 pm: Abastab, Aparichito, Agyato Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Binod Ghosal on the willing suspension of disbelief. In conversation with Anirban Mukhopadhyay (Bengali session) 5.50 pm: Are the Changes in Europe more to do with Mindsets than Borders? David Szalay, Mercedes Cebrian, Cristina Sanchez-Andrade in conversation with Alexandra Büchler
5.20 pm: Benchey Thakar Lekha Anupam Roy on traversing the worlds of lyrics, poems and prose. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta (Bengali session, Standard Chartered Bank special) 7.15 pm: Inner Worlds Himanjali Sankar, Sreevatsa Nevatia and Anjana Chowdhury discuss the fictional and factual depiction of mental turmoil. In conversation with Arunabha Deb
6.10 pm: Andaaz-e-Bayaan Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar read and discuss the works of Jan Nisar Akhtar and Kaifi Azmi. In conversation with Mudar Patherya (Exide special session)    
7.15 pm: Meghnad Badh Kabya Dramatic performance of Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s epic Bengali poem by Goutam Halder and Naye Natua    

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January 26, 2018

VICTORIA MEMORIAL CALCUTTA CLUB
SON-ET-LUMIERE WESTERN QUADRANGLE
2.00 pm: Shatranj ke Khiladi - from Premchand to Ray Shabana Azmi, Alok Rai, Sandip Ray and Suresh Jindal discuss the book and the film. In conversation with Balaji Vittal (Standard Chartered Bank special session)

 

2.40 pm: The Return Perumal Murugan, Kannan Sundaram on Murugan’s new work. In conversation with S.V. Raman 11.00 am: Express Shourie Arun Shourie on a lifetime of chronicling and reporting a changing India. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty (SoftBank special session)
3.00 pm: @The Republic - Is the Honesty Deficit India’s Biggest Challenge? N. Ram, Sugata Bose, Pavan Varma, and Aakar Patel on the blight of scams, in conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury 3.30 pm: Not my Country Kiran Nagarkar, Alok Rai and Vikram Paralkar on the other India. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri 11.50 am: Royal Stag Barrel Select Short Film Interval
3.50 pm: @The Republic - Decoding the Dragon Jeanne Marie Gescher on understanding China. In conversation with Krishnan Srinivasan 4.20 pm Story Baazi New ways of telling a story, with Divya Prakash Dubey (Hindi session) 12.20 pm: What is a Poem? Javed Akhtar on verse and those who craft it, in conversation with Malavika Banerjee (SREI special session)
4.40 pm: @The Republic – Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians Sourav Ganguly, Vinod Rai and Boria Majumdar in conversation with Malavika Banerjee (Standard Chartered Bank special session) 5.15 pm: Nayi Wali Hindi Divya Prakash Dubey, Satya Vyas and Ashish Chaudhary in conversation with Pratiti Ganatra (Hindi session) 7.00 pm: Royal Stag Barrel Select Premiere – Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Presents Maya Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Abir Chatterjee and Padmapriya in conversation
5.30 pm: Incredible Indira Sagarika Ghose, Devapriya Roy and Priya Kuriyan on how two generations view the legacy of Indira Gandhi. In conversation with Mudar Patherya (Exide special session) 6.05 pm: Ek Sachchi Jhooti Gatha Alka Saraogi presents her new book. Readings by Hussain Haidry, followed by a discussion (Hindi session)
6.20 pm: @The Republic – Laal Jogen Chowdhury, Srijato and Fuad Halim on the influence of Left thought on art and culture in West Bengal. In conversation with Subhoranjan Dasgupta (Bengali session, Exide special) 7.15 pm: Dastangoi Sunil Mehra and Askari Naqvi present Ismat Chugtai’s stories
7.10 pm: Shooting the Thriller Srijit Mukherji and Arnab Ray in conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty (Manyavar special session)    

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January 27, 2018

VICTORIA MEMORIAL
SON-ET-LUMIERE Western Quadrangle
11.15 am: The Writing Gene: Ravi Subramanian and Anusha Subramanian on inheritance and influence. In conversation with Ruchira Das 11.00 am: Yes, Prime Ministers Jairam Ramesh and Vinay Sitapati on their biographies of Indira Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao. In conversation with Oindrilla Dutt
12.00 noon: All That Man Is David Szalay on his Booker-nominated novel. In conversation with Srilata Mukherjee (British Council special session) 11.50 am: Poetry Paradigm Living on the Edge with Arthur Cardozo, Joie Bose, Ananya Chatterjee, and Rahul Guha Roy
12.45 pm: India and the Gentleman’s Game Rajdeep Sardesai and Bishen Singh Bedi on the changing image of the Indian cricket hero. In conversation with Arun Lal (Manyavar special session) 12.40 pm: Mapping Stories: Tiffany Atkinson and Sarah Hickson in conversation with Sampurna Chattarji
1.50 pm: The Best Asian Short Stories Suzanne Kamata, Wan Phing, Monideepa Sahu and Zafar Anjum in conversation with Sumit Ray 2.00 pm: Sotyo Ghatana Abalambane – Banglar Goendara Keno Shudhu Upanyasei Aboddho? Supratim Sarkar, Srijit Mukherji, and Avirook Sen in conversation with Jayanta Sengupta (Bengali session)
2.40 pm: Short Film Matinee Screening of Sujoy Ghosh’s Anukul, adapted from Satyajit Ray’s short story 2.50 pm: In the Name of God Ravi Subramanian discusses his new book that takes the thriller into the temple. In conversation with Yajnaseni Chakraborty
3.20 pm @The Republic – Inside Parliament N. Ram, Arun Shourie, Sagarika Ghose and Derek O’Brien discuss debate and dissent in politics, in conversation with Avirook Sen (SoftBank special session) 3.40 pm: Kobita Matinee Readings by Srijato, Ayan Bandopadhyay and Payel Sengupta followed by a conversation with Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay (Bengali session)
4.20 pm: Sealynama I. Allan Sealy on Zealdinus and the challenges of historical fiction. In conversation with Supriya Chaudhuri 4.30 pm: Startup Cities Zafar Anjum, Avik Chanda and Suman Ghose on whether some countries are more start-up friendly than others. In conversation with Devdan Chaudhuri (SoftBank special session)
5.00 pm Directing the Text, Acting the Text Konkona Sen Sharma on directing Death in the Gunj in conversation with Renu Roy (SREI special session)
5.55 pm: Governor’s address
6.30 pm: Rupi Kaur in Verse A poetry performance, followed by a conversation with Jash Sen
7.20 pm: @The Republic Chroniclers from the Hills Ruskin Bond with I. Allan Sealy in conversation with Malavika Banerjee

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