Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) – the city’s annual date with books and ideas, is back in its ninth edition. Browse through the schedule below, bookmark the dates and look forward to a stimulating literary session!

Event Schedule


  • Amita Prasad
    Priyadarshinee Guha
    Jawhar Sircar

    Pushpa Aradhana

    The fragrant journey of flowers through India’s history. Amita Prasad and Priyadarshini Guha in conversation with Jawhar Sircar


  • Parvati Sharma
    Avik Chanda
    Jayanta Sengupta

    Jehangir to Dara Shukoh, the Magnificent Mughals

    Parvati Sharma and Avik Chanda discuss the mighty and might-have-been in Mughal history. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta


  • Yashica Dutt
    Keshava Guha

    Coming out as Dalit

    Yashica Dutt in conversation with Keshava Guha


  • Sabyasachi Chakraborty
    Jayanta Sengupta

    Prodosh Mittirer Prithibi

    Sabyasachi Chakraborty on being Feluda. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta
    Session in Bangla


  • Niranjan Iyengar

    Poets United

    City poets present their poetry. Opening reading by Niranjan Iyengar


  • Priya Ramani
    Githa Hariharan
    Anuradha Kapoor
    Rachel DeWoskin
    Monideepa Banerjie

    2020 Vision: Being Woman

    Priya Ramani, Githa Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor and Rachel DeWoskin on the roadmap for women in a new decade. In conversation Monideepa Banerjie


  • Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Matinee


  • Sabyasachi Chakraborty
    Amarendra Chakravorty
    Biswajit Ray
    Aparajita Dasgupta

    Pawth Haraabo Bolei... Brohmon aar Bangali Sahitya

    Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Amarendra Chakravorty and Biswajit Ray in conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta
    Session in Bangla


  • Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Matinee


  • Manu S. Pillai
    Avik Chanda

    The Courtesan, The Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin

    Manu Pillai talks about the hidden mosaic of characters behind emperors and invaders. In conversation with Avik Chanda


  • Ben Schott
    Atri Bhattcharya

    Jeeves and The King of Humour

    Ben Schott on the joy and terror of recreating Bertie Wooster’s universe. In conversation with Atri Bhattacharya


  • Vaasanthi
    Ajoy Bose
    Dola Mitra

    Behenji, Amma, Didi

    Vaasanthi, Ajoy Bose and Dola Mitra on how gender and stereotypes play out for a talismanic trio of leaders. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee


  • Srijato
    Arunava Sinha

    Brikkho Anubadak/The Oak Translator

    Srijato and Arunava Sinha in conversation
    Session in Bangla


  • Suchetana Chatterjee
    Dr. Suprakash C Roy
    Sukanya Sinha
    Somak Raychaudhury

    Bibha Choudhury and Purnima Sinha – India’s Hidden Figures

    Suchetana Chatterjee, Dr. Suprakash C Roy and Sukanya Sinha discuss the journeys that inspire today’s women in STEM. In conversation with Somak Raychoudhury


  • Devdutt Pattanaik

    Darshan – One Eye of Shukra, Two of Jagannath, Three of Shiva

    A presentation by Devdutt Pattanaik


  • Vinay Pathak

    Afterwords: Nothing Like Lear

    Shakespeare’s tragic king seen through the eyes of a clown. Featuring Vinay Pathak


  • Joanne Harris
    Sandip Roy

    Chocolat, Lollipops and Strawberry

    Joanne Harris discusses the many flavours of Vianne Rocher. In conversation with Sandip Roy


  • Ayushmann Khurrana
    Hitesh Kewalya
    Niranjan Iyengar

    Article 15 to Section 377 – Movies R Us

    Ayushmann Khurrana and Hitesh Kewalya on their next release together and the actor’s exciting choice of roles. In conversation with Niranjan Iyengar


  • Udayan Mukherjee
    Ruskin Bond
    Jash Sen

    Haunted Hills

    Udayan Mukherjee discusses his A Death In The Himalayas with mountain mystery Maestro Ruskin Bond. In conversation with Jash Sen


  • Satyarth Nayak
    Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

    Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess

    Satyarth Nayak discusses the rise and rise of Sridevi. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri


  • Ruskin Bond
    Joanne Harris

    How Do You Write Magic?

    Ruskin Bond and Joanne Harris on the magical and not-so-real in their books. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee


  • Shubha Mudgal

    Looking for Miss Sargam

    Shubha Mudgal on her literary debut. In conversation with Arunabha Deb


  • Sanchari Mookherjee
    Anindya Chattopadhyay
    Aparajita Dasgupta

    Shotti Holeo Golpo

    Sanchari Mukherjee and Anindya Chattopadhyay on their collections of essays. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta


  • Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
    Sathya Saran
    Balaji Vittal
    Shubha Mudgal

    The Golden Breath

    Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sathya Saran discuss the maestro’s life and music. In conversation with Balaji Vittal
    Launch of Breath Of Gold by Shubha Mudgal


  • Chandrahas Choudhury
    Devapriya Roy
    Samhita Chakraborty

    Love, Coffee and Chopsuey

    Chandrahas Chowdhury and Devapriya Roy on eating and living the city life. In conversation with Samhita Chakraborty


  • Aruna Chakravarti
    Udayan Mukherjee
    Paroma Roy Chowdhury

    Family Matters, Families Matter

    Aruna Chakravarti and Udayan Mukherjee in conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury


  • Tansen Sen
    Piya Chakraborty

    The Chinese in India, the Indians in China

    Tansen Sen and Piya Chakraborty in conversation


  • Dipesh Chakrabarty
    Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

    Science and the Arts

    The Two Cultures, divergences and convergence. Dipesh Chakraborty and Sabyasachi Bhattacharya in conversation
    Session in Bangla


  • Paul Gravett
    Pinaki De

    Manga Mania

    Paul Gravett and Pinaki De discuss the dominance of the Japanese comic form among youngsters across the globe


  • Jhulan Goswami
    Swastika Mukherjee
    Joya Mitra
    Raka Dasgupta
    Sanchari Mookherjee

    Notun Dashakey Notun Asha

    Jhulan Goswami, Swastika Mukherjee, Joya Mitra and Raka Dasgupta in conversation with Sanchari Mookherjee
    Session in Bangla


  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

    Kalam Finale

    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma in concert


  • Abhijit V. Banerjee
    Udayan Mukherjee

    Good Economics For Hard Times

    Abhijit V. Banerjee in conversation with Udayan Mukherjee

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SPEAKERS

Abhijit V. Banerjee

Abhijit V. Banerjee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2019, is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Esther Duflo, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2019, is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Attending Session

January 27, 2020 ● 7:30 pm
Good Economics For Hard Times - Abhijit V. Banerjee in conversation with Udayan Mukherjee

Amarendra Chakravorty

Amarendra Chakravorty is a poet, traveller, magazine editor, photographer, and filmmaker. Chakravorty is the author of a number of award winning books, some of which have been translated in all major Indian languages and also in English, Mongolian, Japanese and Georgian.  He has authored 27 books in the Bengali language, 12 of which are for children.  He has also compiled and edited 10 travel books. His writings cover a wide range – poems, short stories, travelogues and varied journalistic pieces.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Pawth Haraabo Bolei... Brohmon aar Bangali Sahitya - Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Amarendra Chakravorty and Biswajit Ray in conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta Session in Bangla

Amita Prasad

Amita Prasad did her Masters in Modern History from Jadavpur University where she was awarded three gold medals for her distinguished academic performance. She found her passion in school teaching – which she has made her vocation for over 30 years. She has helped innumerable students to inculcate a love of learning in general and History in particular. Amita has also been involved in mentoring students in all aspects of school life – scholastic and co-scholastic. As Vice Principal of Modern High School for Girls, she played a pivotal role in school administration with regard to curriculum development, introduction of improved teaching – learning practices and modern assessment methodology. She has also been closely involved with facilitating the planning and implementation of school programmes and enrichment activities. She was appointed Dean, Research and Development at The Heritage School, Kolkata. At present she is Director, Indus Valley World School, Kolkata. Amita has been closely involved with teacher development programmes. She has been a resource person at numerous workshops on creative teaching in schools – motivating and training teachers to use music, films, art, games etc. along with traditional ‘chalk and talk’ methods. She is the co-author of three series of History and Civics text books for Classes 3 to 8 published by Oxford University Press. Amita is a member of the advisory Board of “PEACEWORKS” (an initiative of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts) – a group of citizens devoted to promoting peace and teaching children to learn to live with difference. She has a deep and abiding commitment to community service and works towards initiating such programmes in schools. She is an advisor to Ektara, an NGO that provides education to under-privileged children in Topsia and also a member of the Governing Body of Manovikas Kendra, a pioneering institution that works for differently abled children.



Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 10:30 am
Pushpa Aradhana - The fragrant journey of flowers through India’s history. Amita Prasad and Priyadarshini Guha in conversation with Jawhar Sircar

Anant Mahapatra

Anant Mahapatra is a highly acclaimed theatre and film personality from Odisha who has written, directed and acted in over 100 plays. He has also worked in film, television and radio. He has written, directed and produced short feature films for Doordarshan, and wrote the screenplay and directed Mamu — the first feature length film on Doordarshan in India — in Hindi and Odia. Mahapatra is the man behind Theatre in Motion, and the founder/director of SUJANI and Natya Shodh Sansthan. He founded the Utkal Rangamanch Trust, set up to give a fillip to professional theatre in Odisha after the old theatre companies of the early ’50s closed down in the ’70s.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 12:40 pm
King Lear in 2020 - Vinay Pathak, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Anant Mahapatra and Preti Taneja discuss Shakespeare’s tragic old king in the new millennium. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

Angshuman Kar

Angshuman Kar is a Bengali poet and novelist, and Professor of English at the University of Burdwan’s Department of English and Culture Studies. He was also the Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, Eastern Region, and a member of the Advisory Board (Bengali) of the Sahitya Akademi. He has several collections of poems, two novels, three novellas, a collection of short stories, and a memoir to his credit. Kar has received seven awards including the Krittibas Puroskar, Bangiyo Sahityo Parishad Puroskar, and the Paschim Banga Bangla Akademi Puroskar. He has also completed an Australia-India Council supported project designed for translating Australian aboriginal poetry into Bengali.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Nijer Shobde Kaaj Koro - Anupam Roy and his new collection of poems. In conversation with Angshuman Kar. Session in Bangla Launch of Nijer Shobe Kaaj Koro by Sankar  

January 25, 2020 ● 4:40 pm
Aami Benoy Majumdar - Angshuman Kar discusses his new novel with Bratya Basu. In conversation with Shamik Ghosh. Session in Bangla Launch of Aami Benoy Majumdar by Bratya Basu

Anindya Chattopadhyay

Anindya Chattopadhyay is a Bengali singer, writer, lyricist, composer, film director and actor, and one of the lead singer-composers of Bangla band Chandrabindoo. Among his awards are the National Award for Best Lyrics for Pherari Mon from Antaheen (with fellow-band member Chandril Bhattacharya) and the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award (East) for the song Raat Jaaye (Alik Sukh). In 2016, he and Anupam Roy composed the music and lyrics for the hit film Praktan. He published his first novel, Niruddesh Somporke Ghoshona in 2012, directed Open Tee BioscopeProjapotiBiskut, and ManojderAdbhut Bari and acted in the films Jaatishwar and Satyanweshi.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Hashi Khushi - Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Anindya Chattopadhyay and Aparajita Dasgupta on humour in Bengali literature. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury Session in Bangla

January 26, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Shotti Holeo Golpo - Sanchari Mukherjee and Anindya Chattopadhyay on their collections of essays. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta

Anit Mukherjee

Anit Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. A former officer in the Indian Army, he has a PhD from Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats and the Military in India (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12 noon
The Absent Dialogue - Anit Mukherjee, Ghazala Wahab and Krishnan Srinivasan on the armed forces and government. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is an English crime-writer. In 2006 she won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for her novel Raven Black. Cleeves studied English at the University of Sussex but dropped out and then took up various jobs including cook at the Fair Isle bird observatory, auxiliary coastguard, probation officer, library outreach worker and child care officer. Her Vera Stanhope novels have been dramatised as the TV detective series Vera and the Jimmy Perez novels as the series Shetland.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 2:40 pm
Murder Well Done - Ann Cleeves on her recipe for creating a super sleuth. In conversation with Neha Hiranandani

Anuj Lugun

Anuj Lugun is a poet, short-story writer, song composer, novelist, playwright and essayist, but he is best known for his poems. His political and social justice has earned him the title of tribal poet. Lugun’s writings expore themes such as love, freedom, revolution, and opposition to all types of bigotry. He received the Bharat bhudshan agarwal Award for his poem Aghoshit Ulgunan (Undeclared Uprising), the Rashtriya Muktibodh Puraskara and the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. 

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Poetry Afternoon - Srijato, Anuj Lugun and Niranjan Iyengar present their poems

Anupam Roy

Anupam Roy is an award-winning Bengali lyricist, composer and singer. He got his break in August 2010, when two of his songs — Aamake Amar Moto Thakte Dao and BencheThakar Gaan — were used in the Bengali film Autograph and went on to become hits. In 2015, he made his Bollywood debut, composing the score and songs for Piku and winning the Filmfare Award for Best Background Score. He has also won a National Film Award in 2016 for his work as a lyricist. Anupam writes poetry and short stories and has contributed to various magazines and newspapers. He also performs live with his music group, The Anupam Roy Band.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Nijer Shobde Kaaj Koro - Anupam Roy and his new collection of poems. In conversation with Angshuman Kar. Session in Bangla Launch of Nijer Shobe Kaaj Koro by Sankar  

Anuradha Kapoor

Anuradha Kapoor is the Founder and Director of Swayam, a feminist organisation committed to advancing women’s rights and ending gender inequality and violence against women, established in May 1995.  An activist, trainer and consultant for women and human rights organizations, Anuradha is actively involved in advocacy on women’s rights and keenly advocated for the introduction of The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. She was involved in conducting judicial trainings in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with judges and judicial officers from the High Courts and District Courts as part of the Asia Pacific Forum on Judicial Education on Equality Issues.

Anuradha has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She schooled at La Martiniere for Girls in Calcutta.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
2020 Vision: Being Woman - Priya Ramani, Githa Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor and Rachel DeWoskin on the roadmap for women in a new decade. In conversation Monideepa Banerjie

Anusha Viswanathan

Anusha Viswanathan is an actor, known for Water Bottle, Do Not Disturb and The Nightwatchman.  She recently made her theatre debut with Gameplan production, Pratyasha.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

Anuvab Pal

Anuvab Pal is an internationally renowned playwright, author, screenwriter, stand-up comic and columnist. His stand-up comedy special The Nation Wants To Know, has had over 500 sold out shows, while Empire, has played in 35 cities world-wide. He has written the screenplay for Bollywood films Loins Of Punjab Presents and The President is Coming and is the author of four hit plays – The President is Coming, 1 888 Dial India, The Bureaucrat and Chaos Theory, three of which were bestsellers. He also wrote a non-fiction book on Bollywood movie The Disco Dancer. He writes for The Economic Times and Times of India.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
From Droll to Lol - Ben Schott and Anuvab Pal on how humour has morphed in writings from Blandings to blogs

Aparajita Dasgupta

Aparajita Dasgupta received her Bachelor’s degree in History from Presidency College, and her MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in History from Calcutta University. She is currently the CEO of West Bengal State Book Board and is a member of the State Heritage Commission. She has been a Visiting Scholar in South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at St Mary’s University. She is working on her first academic book – Domesticating Nationalism: Women and the Politics of Gender in Bengal, 1870-1950. She has written Surer Smriti, Smritir Sur, a book of short stories, Chhayapath, a novel, and a collection of autobiographical vignettes, Ichchher Gaachh.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Pawth Haraabo Bolei... Brohmon aar Bangali Sahitya - Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Amarendra Chakravorty and Biswajit Ray in conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta Session in Bangla

January 25, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Hashi Khushi - Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Anindya Chattopadhyay and Aparajita Dasgupta on humour in Bengali literature. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury Session in Bangla

January 26, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Shotti Holeo Golpo - Sanchari Mukherjee and Anindya Chattopadhyay on their collections of essays. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta

Archana Garodia Gupta

Archana Garodia Gupta is the co-author of the bestselling A History of Indiafor Children and the author of The Women who ruled India’. She has been an expert on Kaun Banega Crorepati for many episodes and is one of India’s leading quizzers, “Champion of Champions”, of BBC Mastermind in India. She is currently the National Chair of the FICCI MSME Committee. She leads the SME Task force on the Brics Financial Committee from India. Archana qualified with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Attending Session

Aruna Chakravarti

Aruna Chakravarti is a well-known academic, creative writer and translator. Her first novel The Inheritors was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and her third, Jorasanko, received critical acclaim and also became a best seller. Her seven translated works include an anthology of songs from Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitabitaan, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s Srikanta and Sunil Gangopadhyay’sThose days, First Light and Primal Woman: Stories. She also has two academic works to her credit. Her latest novel, Daughters of Jorasanko, is a sequel to Jorasanko. Among the various awards she has received are the Vaitalik Award, the Sarat Puraskar and the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Family Matters, Families Matter - Aruna Chakravarti and Udayan Mukherjee in conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

Arunava Sinha

Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English and English fiction into Bengali. Forty-nine of his translations have been published so far in India, and ten in the US and the UK. Twice the winner of the Crossword Translation Award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), he has also won the Muse India Award for translation for When the Time Is Right (2012) and been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee. He was born and grew up in Kolkata and lives and writes in New Delhi.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Brikkho Anubadak/The Oak Translator - Srijato and Arunava Sinha in conversation Session in Bangla

Atri Bhattcharya

He is a senior bureaucrat with the West Bengal government. A quizzer of great repute and voracious reader, Bhattacharya won his round of the Mastermind quiz by choosing PG Wodehouse as his subject of specialisation. He lives in Kolkata with his wife and daughter.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Jeeves and The King of Humour - Ben Schott on the joy and terror of recreating Bertie Wooster’s universe. In conversation with Atri Bhattacharya

Avik Chanda

Avik Chanda is an author, business advisor, entrepreneur, trainer and speaker. Chanda has published two poetry collections, Jokhon Bideshe, in Bengali and Footnotes, besides a novel, Anchor. His acclaimed business book, From Command To Empathy: Using EQ in the Age of Disruption, co-authored with Suman Ghose, was featured in 2018 in Amazon India’s Best Reads, under ‘Business, Strategy and Management’. His latest book, Dara Shukoh, is a non-fictional account of Shah Jahan’s favourite son. Chanda holds degrees in economics from Kolkata’s Presidency College and the Delhi School of Economics. A global soul, Avik divides his time peripatetically between the Middle Ages and the twenty-first century.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:20 am
Jehangir to Dara Shukoh, the Magnificent Mughals - Parvati Sharma and Avik Chanda discuss the mighty and might-have-been in Mughal history. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta

January 23, 2020 ● 2:45 pm
The Courtesan, The Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin - Manu Pillai talks about the hidden mosaic of characters behind emperors and invaders. In conversation with Avik Chanda

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushman Khurrana is an Indian actor, singer, and television host. Known for his portrayals of ordinary men often plagued with dysfunction, he is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards, and has appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list of 2013 and 2019. Khurrana won the second season of reality television show MTV Roadies in 2004 and ventured into an anchoring career. He made his film debut in 2012 with the romantic comedy Vicky Donor, in which his performance as a sperm donor earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He starred in the commercially and critically successful romance Dum Laga Ke Haisha and went on to to establish himself with the comedies Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Badhaai Ho (2018), Dream Girl (2019), and Bala (2019); the thriller Andhadhun (2018); and the crime drama Article 15 (2019). Andhadhun ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time; Khurrana’s performance as a blind pianist won him the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. In addition to acting, Khurrana has sung for several of his films, including the song Pani Da Rang, which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Article 15 to Section 377 – Movies R Us - Ayushmann Khurrana and Hitesh Kewalya on their next release together and the actor's exciting choice of roles. In conversation with Niranjan Iyengar

Balaji Vittal

Balaji Vittal is an alumnus of South Point High School and Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He has co-authored the National Film Award winning book “RD Burman: The Man, The Music” (2011). This was followed by “Gaata Rahe Mera Dil – 50 Classic Hindi Film Songs” (2015) which won the MAMI Best Book on Cinema; and then the highly acclaimed “SD Burman: The Prince-Musician” (2018). Balaji is also a public speaker having participated in various public events in India and abroad, on NDTV 24×7 and prestigious Literary Meets. Balaji is married to Vandana with two children (Ashapoorna, 22 and Akhilesh, 17).

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 10:30 am
How Green Is My Story - Ruskin Bond and Soumitra Ray on how nature is muse and solace. In conversation with Balaji Vittal

January 26, 2020 ● 3:40 pm
The Golden Breath - Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sathya Saran discuss the maestro’s life and music. In conversation with Balaji Vittal Launch of Breath Of Gold by Shubha Mudgal

Ben Schott

Ben Schott is a British writer, photographer, and author of the Schott’s Miscellanies and Schott’s Almanac series. Educated at University College School, Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Social & Political Sciences, he spent most of his twenties as a magazine portrait photographer. Ben turned a Christmas card into his first book – Schott’s Original Miscellany – which within weeks was a number one bestseller. He has since written four Miscellany sequels; six volumes of Schott’s Almanac (2006–12); and Schottenfreude, a compendium of German neologisms to describe the human condition. His first novel, Jeeves &The King of Clubs – an authorised homage to P. G. Wodehouse – published in 2018 to rave reviews. Together Ben’s books have sold some 3 million copies, in 21 languages – hitting bestseller lists in Britain, France, Germany, and America. He writes for a wide range of publications, including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Private Eye, Vanity Fair, The Spectator, Playboy, and The Paris Review. He is currently a contributing columnist for Bon Appétit, Inc., and Op-Ed page of The New York Times. He divides his time between London and New York.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Jeeves and The King of Humour - Ben Schott on the joy and terror of recreating Bertie Wooster’s universe. In conversation with Atri Bhattacharya

January 24, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
From Droll to Lol - Ben Schott and Anuvab Pal on how humour has morphed in writings from Blandings to blogs

Benjamin Morgan

Benjamin Morgan is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on literature, science, and aesthetics in the Victorian period and early twentieth century. His particular interest areas are nineteenth-century sciences of mind and emotion, and their significance for Victorian novelists and literary critics and the literary and cultural history of climate change. His book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature explores how nineteenth-century sciences of mind and emotion generated new and controversial explanations of the human experience of the arts. 

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 2:15 pm
Climate in the Age of the Anthropocene - Benjamin Morgan, Mark Williams, Minal Pathak and Bill Brown in conversation with Navroz K. Dubash

Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy is an Indian economist and author. Debroy has made significant contributions to game theory, economic theory, income and social inequalities, poverty, law reforms, railway reforms and Indology, among others. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM). From its inception in January 2015, till June 2019, Mr. Debroy was a member of the NITI Aayog, the think tank of Indian Government. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by US-India Business Summit. Debroy has authored over 100 books in the field of Economics, Polity, Indology and Sanskrit. Debroy translated the unabridged version of the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, into English, becoming only the third person ever to achieve the feat. Debroy’s translation of the Mahabharata was published in a series of 10 volumes amounting to 2.25 million words. He has also translated the Bhagavad Gita, the Harivamsa, the Vedas and the Valmiki Ramayana. He has translated the Bhagavata Purana. He is only the second person to have translated both the Mahabharata and the Valmiki Ramayana, in unabridged form, into English.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
JBS Haldane – A Dominant Character - Samanth Subramanian in conversation with Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Launch of A Dominant Character by Bibek Debroy

January 22, 2020 ● 5:10 pm
Neeti, Aneeti O Durneeti - Bibek Debroy and Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri on reading and interpreting the Mahabharata. In conversation with Madhuja Banerjee Session in Bangla

January 24, 2020 ● 11:45 am
2020 Vision: The Economy - Bibek Debroy makes his predictions for a new decade. Talk followed by interaction with Rudra Chatterjee

Bidyut Chakraborty

Bidyut Chakraborty, Vice Chancellor Vishwa Bharati University, was a professor of Political Science, University of Delhi. He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and has been a prolific writer, with many books, published by globally-reputed publishers. He is an authority in Public Administration; he is widely cited for his original contribution to Gandhi’s social and political thought; his book on the ideas of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. is also widely-appreciated text; his book on coalition politics has received accolades for its distinctive approach to the phenomenon. He has a large number of articles, published in refereed academic journals with high impact factor. An acclaimed academic, Professor Chakrabarty also held various academic assignments (Visiting Professor) in various renowned universities across the globe. Besides having brief stints as a Visiting Professor in the UK, Australia and Singapore, he was the first occupant of the Mahatma Gandhi Chair for Global Nonviolence at James Madison University, Virginia, USA.   

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:00 pm
Awakening Bharat Mata - Swapan Dasgupta in conversation with Bidyut Chakraborty

Bijal Vaccharajani

Bijal Vachharajani is a journalist, editor and author. When she is not reading Harry Potter, she is Editor Scissorhands at Pratham Books. A journalist, Bijal is the author of four children’s books including A Cloud Called Bhura and So You Want to Know About the Environment. She has edited a magazine, rescued animals, and written tons of articles about nature, food and books. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the University of Peace in Costa Rica and is now a certified climate warrior.

Attending Session

Bikram Grewal

Bikram Grewal grew up in the dense evergreen forests of India’s North-east where he first developed his love for natural history. He has written over 30 books on Indian wildlife, travel and the entertainment. He made publishing his career and worked in England, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to Delhi. He now devotes his time to the conservation of Indian wildlife, especially working on rare birds. When not travelling, he spends his time between his farm in Dehradun, where he grows rare plants, and his boat in the Sunderbans. 

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 1:15 pm
Climate Chaos - Navroz Dubash and Bikram Grewal on India’s tryst with climate concerns. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

Bill Brown

Bill Brownis a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature with the University of Chicago, with a special interest in popular literary genres (e.g. science fiction, the Western), on recreational forms (baseball, kung fu), and on the ways that mass-cultural phenomena (from roller coasters to Kodak cameras) impress themselves on the literary imagination.  He has worked at the intersection of literary, visual, and material cultures. Currently he’s working on a project called “Re-Assemblage,” which asks how assemblage practices (across the literary, visual, and plastic arts) might contribute to assemblage theory in the social sciences.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 2:15 pm
Climate in the Age of the Anthropocene - Benjamin Morgan, Mark Williams, Minal Pathak and Bill Brown in conversation with Navroz K. Dubash

Biswajit Ray

Biswajit Ray (1978-) is Associate Professor of Bengali at Visva Bharati. His work on Tagore includes Rabindranath O Vivekananda: Swadeshe Samokale (2017) and Sachalatar Gan (2019). A well-known columnist, Ray been awarded the Rupali Sahitya Samman (2017) and Nilanjana Sen Smriti Puraskar (2019), and writes for Anandabazar Patrika and Sangbad Pratidin, on socio-cultural aspects of Bengali life.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 4:20 pm
Amar Aar Kolkatar Golpo - Sankar in the city, in conversation with Biswajit Ray Session in Bangla

January 23, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Pawth Haraabo Bolei... Brohmon aar Bangali Sahitya - Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Amarendra Chakravorty and Biswajit Ray in conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta Session in Bangla

Boria Majumdar

Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes Scholar, has a DPhil on the Social History of Indian Cricket from the University of Oxford. One of India’s leading sports scholars and commentators, he is the author of many books on Indian sports and its history.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 6:20 pm
2020 Vision: India @ Olympics - Pullela Gopichand, Nalin Mehta, Devendra Jhajharia and Boria Majumdar on India’s past record and future hopes for Tokyo'20

Bratati Bandyopadhyay

Bratati Bandyopadhyay is a Bengali language elocutionist. She is the founder-head of Kabyayan, an institution for practising elocution and Bratati Parampara, an organisation that works on elocution and other forms of performing arts. She recites works of old and contemporary Bengali poets such as Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Sukumar Ray and Shankha Ghosh to name a few. She has performed at over 2000 poetry recitals in India and abroad and has over 60 albums to her credit. 

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

Bratya Basu

Bratya Basu is a Bengali professor, dramatist, director, actor and a politician. Basu was West Bengal’s minister for education till May 2014 and was then assigned the tourism portfolio. He was elected from the Dum Dum constituency in the 2011 Assembly Election of West Bengal.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 4:40 pm
Aami Benoy Majumdar - Angshuman Kar discusses his new novel with Bratya Basu. In conversation with Shamik Ghosh. Session in Bangla Launch of Aami Benoy Majumdar by Bratya Basu

Chandrahas Choudhury

Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of the novels Days of my China Dragon, Clouds and Arzee the Dwarf. Arzee the Dwarf was published in Odia in February 2019 by Dhauli Books in a translation by his mother Sindhubala Choudhury. Chandrahas grew up in Bombay and his native Orissa, and was educated at the Universities of Delhi and Cambridge. His book reviews appear in the National, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is also the editor of the anthology of Indian fiction, India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion published by Harper Collins.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Love, Coffee and Chopsuey - Chandrahas Chowdhury and Devapriya Roy on eating and living the city life. In conversation with Samhita Chakraborty

Chandril Bhattacharya

Chandril Bhattacharya is an essayist, poet, lyricist, and regularly nurtures a fantasy of becoming the greatest filmmaker on earth. He has authored seven books. His poetry does not sell (and hence proves he is ahead of his time). His prose is quite popular (and hence proves he is in tune with the times). His lyrics started out as refreshingly frolicsome, but are now veering dangerously towards contrived pedagogy (and hence prove that he is running out of time). His plan is to win two Nobels in quick succession and use the money to fund his first film.

Attending Session

Chinmoy Guha

Chinmoy Guha is a Professor and former Head of Department of English at the University of Calcutta, a Bengali essayist and translator, and a scholar of French language and literature. He has been the Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University and Director of Publications, Embassy of France, New Delhi. He taught English at Vijaygarh Jyotish Ray College in Kolkata for more than two decades, and French at Alliance Française and the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture for several years. He has been awarded knighthoods by the French ministries of Education and Culture, in 2010 and 2013, respectively, the Vidyasagar Puroshkar in 2017, and the Sahitya Akademi in 2019. 

Attending Session

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, spiritualist and animal lover. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the USA, UK and Asia. She also helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine.  Her novel, You Beneath your Skin isa crime thriller, layered with issues of poverty, misogyny and corruption. Damyanti supports Project WHY, a programme that provides quality education to underprivileged children in New Delhi. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book or baking up a storm. Her ambition has always been to live in a home with more books than anything else, and she continues to work towards that. 

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
She And Her City - Damyanti Biswas, Rituparna Roy and Rajorshi Chakraborti

Daniel Raeburn

Daniel Raeburn is a Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago. He is especially drawn to nonfiction because he believes it allows a writer to write about anything, including poetry and fiction. In his twenties, he wrote, designed, and published The Imp, a ’zine about underground comic books, or graphic novels, as they’re now called. Each issue was a novella-length essay about one subject. These led to his first official book, Chris Ware, followed by Vessels, a memoir of fatherhood. Currently he’s writing a book-length essay about Chicago. Along the way, he’s received fellowships from the Howard Foundation at Brown University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and others.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
Belonging Everywhere, Belonging Nowhere - Nemat Sadat, Rachel DeWoskin, Daniel Raeburn and Vu Tran on the nationless author. In conversation with Samantak Das.

January 25, 2020 ● 3:10 pm
Change and the world of Comics - Paul Gravett, Daniel Raeburn and Pinaki De examine how comics see the future

Debnita Chakravarti

Dr Debnita Chakravarti is Associate Professor of English at Shri Shikshayatan College where she tries to get students who are reading to learn, to learn to read as well.  After Jadavpur she did her Ph.D. from the University of Reading. She was subsequently a Charles Wallace scholar with a visiting fellowship at the University of Southampton. She has taught at the erstwhile Presidency College, Calcutta University, and French to management students. Alongside presenting and publishing academic papers, she enjoys freelancing as a creative writer. Dr Chakravarti has hosted several literary events with Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Ruskin Bond, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathy and Shashi Deshpande, among others. 

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 12:40 pm
King Lear in 2020 - Vinay Pathak, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Anant Mahapatra and Preti Taneja discuss Shakespeare’s tragic old king in the new millennium. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

Devapriya Roy

Devapriya Roy is an Indian author best known for her books, Friends from College, Indira and The Heat and Dust Project.  Roy was born in Calcutta and studied in Calcutta Girl’s High School.She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English literature from Presidency College and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. She obtained a PhD on Bharata’s Natyashastra from Jawaharlal Nehru University under the supervision of award-winning poet and playwright H.S. Shivaprakash, and her co-supervisor was Prof Katia Legeret of the University of Paris VIII. Roy began her career with The Vague Woman’s Handbook, a quirky novel that was published by HarperCollins in March 2011 and subsequently appeared on the India Today Bestseller List. Her second book was The Weight Loss Club: The Curious Experiments of Nancy Housing Cooperative, yet another quirky novel. Her 2015 book, The Heat and Dust Project (written along with husband SauravJha) chronicles the story of travelling through India on local buses “on a very very tight budget” which debuted at no.1 on the Hindustan Times-AC Nielsen list and also got excellent reviews. The Heat and Dust Project is also a first-of-its-kind dynamic book as the couple used Facebook to document their journey even as it was underway. She lives in New Delhi with her husband and cat.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Love, Coffee and Chopsuey - Chandrahas Chowdhury and Devapriya Roy on eating and living the city life. In conversation with Samhita Chakraborty

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is an author who writes on the relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before focussing on his passion full time. He has authored 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. His most recent books are Leader: Insights from Indian Mythology, Culture: 50 Insights from Mythology, and My Hanuman Chalisa.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Darshan – One Eye of Shukra, Two of Jagannath, Three of Shiva - A presentation by Devdutt Pattanaik

Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia is an Indian Paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events. The first Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals at the Paralympics, he won his first gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country. At the2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won a second gold medal in the same event, bettering his previous record. Devendra is currently being supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 6:20 pm
2020 Vision: India @ Olympics - Pullela Gopichand, Nalin Mehta, Devendra Jhajharia and Boria Majumdar on India’s past record and future hopes for Tokyo'20

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty is an Indian historian, with significant contribution to postcolonial theory and subaltern studies. He is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in history at the University of Chicago, and is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Prize, named for Professor Arnold J. Toynbee, that recognises social scientists for significant academic and public contributions to humanity. The Government of West Bengal has awarded Dipesh Chakraborty a 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize for his collection of essays, The Crises of Civilization (Oxford, 2018). Some of his well-known books are The Crises of Civilization, The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth, The Public Life of History, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 12:10 pm
Warming Signals - Climate change and us. Amitav Ghosh and Dipesh Chakraborty in conversation

January 26, 2020 ● 5:20 pm
Science and the Arts - The Two Cultures, divergences and convergence. Dipesh Chakraborty and Sabyasachi Bhattacharya in conversation Session in Bangla

Dola Mitra

Dola Mitra is an author and special correspondent with Outlook magazine. She is known for her book, Decoding Didi: Making sense of Mamata Banerjee. She lives in Kolkata.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:35 pm
Behenji, Amma, Didi - Vaasanthi, Ajoy Bose and Dola Mitra on how gender and stereotypes play out for a talismanic trio of leaders. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

Dr. Ramaditya Ray

Dr. Ramaditya Ray, general physician and hospital administrator is an actor by passion. With his long association with group theatre, he later had his footstage in TV serials, short films, films and TV commercials. At present, the Executive Director of Seacom Group of Colleges and University, Ramaditya aka Don Ray is an emcee, script writer, drama director, producer and presenter of various health shows in television and radio. The Chief Medical Officer of various Car Rally, Don has been coordinating various Cultural festivals in USA and UK.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

Dr. Suprakash C Roy

He is a physicist who retired as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Bose Institute, Kolkata. He obtained his doctoral degree from Calcutta University and did his postdoctoral studies at Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh in the USA. He has held visiting positions at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, Purdue University, USA and University of Calgary, Canada. He was awarded the JSPS Fellowship (senior) to visit Japan, and also visited Argentina as a ‘TWAS-UNESCO Visiting Associate at the Centres of Excellence in the South’ awarded by the Third World Academy of Sciences. He was the Vice-President of the International Radiation Physics Society representing South-East Asia till recently. He acted as the Receiving Editor of two Elsevier journals: Radiation Physics and Chemistry and Applied Radiation and Isotopes for many years. He has more than 100 research publications in reputed international journals and travelled widely to different countries as a part of his profession. In addition to his research papers, his writings on general issues have been published in many journals and periodicals including reputed English dailies. He is currently a member of the National Commission of History of Science, INSA and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science and Culture since 2004. He has edited a book titled ‘Emerging Science and Culture: Connecting People’ published by the Indian Science News Association and co-authored the following three books with Rajinder Singh: 1) ‘D.M. Bose—A Scientist Incognito’ published by Bose Institute, Kolkata 2) ‘A Jewel Unearthed: Bibha Chowdhuri’ published by Shaker Verlag Aachen. 3) ‘D.M. Bose – His life, science and connection with global elites’, Shaker Publisher Dueren, Germany. Another book on the life of an extra-ordinary woman scientist Purnima Sinha titled “Clay, Craft, Music and Science—Purnima Sinha’s Life” will be published soon.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Bibha Choudhury and Purnima Sinha – India’s Hidden Figures - Suchetana Chatterjee, Dr. Suprakash C Roy and Sukanya Sinha discuss the journeys that inspire today’s women in STEM. In conversation with Somak Raychoudhury

Eurig Salisbury

Eurig Salisbury is an author who writes books, gives lectures, plays football, tires quickly and is actually pronounced Eirig.

Attending Session

Gauri Shinde

Gauri Shinde is an Indian feature film director and ad-film maker. Shinde made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish, which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi. This film was inspired by Shinde’s own relationship with her mother, who ran her own pickle business out of her home in Pune, and was a Marathi-speaking woman, who didn’t speak English well. Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of ‘25 Indians To Watch’. Shinde was born and brought up in Pune, where she studied at St. Joseph’s High School and later graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication in Pune. Her aspiration towards film-making started right from the end of her college life. She moved to Mumbai for her internship with documentary director Siddharth Kak and later started working with advertising agencies like IBW, Bates Clarion and Lowe Lintas. She went on to make over 100 advertising films and short films; her short film Oh Man! (2001) was selected for the Berlin Film Festival.  Besides the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director, she was awarded the ‘Laadli National Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity’.

Attending Session

Ghazala Wahab

Ghazala Wahab is executive editor, FORCE, where she writes on homeland security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, left-wing extremism and religious extremism and contributes a column, First Person. She contributed a chapter on the changing profile of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in the book Operation Parakram: The War Unfinished. A career journalist, Ghazala has worked with The Telegraph and Asian Age. She has co-authored, with PravinSawhney, Dragon on Our Doorstep: Managing China Through Military Power.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12 noon
The Absent Dialogue - Anit Mukherjee, Ghazala Wahab and Krishnan Srinivasan on the armed forces and government. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka

Githa Hariharan

Githa Hariharan is the author of several acclaimed books, including the novels The Thousand Faces of Night (which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book), The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege, Fugitive Histories and I Have Become the Tide; the short story collection The Art of Dying; and the collection of essays Almost Home, Cities and Other Places. She has also edited an anthology of translated short fiction, A Southern Harvest, and the collection From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity and co-edited Battling for India: A Citizen’s Reader.

Hariharan has, over the years, been a cultural commentator through her essays, lectures and activism.  In 1995, Hariharan challenged the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act as discriminatory against women. The case, Githa Hariharan and Another vs. Reserve Bank of India and Another, led to a landmark Supreme Court judgment in 1999 on guardianship.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
2020 Vision: Being Woman - Priya Ramani, Githa Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor and Rachel DeWoskin on the roadmap for women in a new decade. In conversation Monideepa Banerjie

January 24, 2020 ● 5:30 pm
I Have Become the Tide - Githa Hariharan in conversation with Supriya Chaudhuri

Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi, CBE is a British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist of Pakistani and English descent. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Kureishi started his career in the 1970s under the pseudonyms Antonia French and Karim. He went on to write plays for the Hampstead Theatre, Soho Poly and by the age of 18 was with the Royal Court. He wrote My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985, a screenplay about a gay Pakistani-British boy growing up in 1980s London for a film directed by Stephen Frears. It won the New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987). His book The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) won the Whitbread Award for the best first novel and was made into a BBC television series with a soundtrack by David Bowie. 1991 saw the release of the feature film entitled London Kills Me, written and directed by Kureishi. Kureishi has also written non-fiction, including autobiography. 

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
A Life In History - Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Sandip Roy

Hari Vasudevan

Hari Vasudevan is a specialist in Russian and European history and Indo-Russian relations and a UGC Emeritus Professor at the Department of History, University of Calcutta. He is a former member of the Indian Council of Historical Research and his research interests are in the following areas: Democracy and Development in India and Europe, Global politics of Soviet Communism, Indo-Russian relations and contemporary World Politics.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 11:20 am
Values in Foreign Policy - Krishnan Srinivasan discusses his book with Sugata Bose and Hari Vasudevan

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist, who plays the bansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, in the Hindustani classical tradition. Considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, he has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri through his masterful blowing technique. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is also a well-known music composer for Hindi films along with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, forming a group called Shiv-Hari.He has received several awards like Sangeet Natak Academy in 1984, Konark Samman in 1992, Padma Bhushan in 1992, Yash Bharati Sanman in 1994, Padma Vibhushan in 2000, Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 2000, Dinanath Mangeshkar Award in 2000 and Pune Pandit Award in 2008 and the Padma Vibhushan. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is universally regarded as the best flute player of Eastern Classical music.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 3:40 pm
The Golden Breath - Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sathya Saran discuss the maestro’s life and music. In conversation with Balaji Vittal Launch of Breath Of Gold by Shubha Mudgal

Hitesh Kewalya

Hitesh Kewalya is a screenwriter who started working as a writer for All India Radio in 1999 at the age of 18. It is this that made him want to take up writing as a career. He went on attain formal training in the field of movies from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Intrigued by promos and marketing, Hitesh started writing promos for television shows soon after which he was roped in to write for the 2008 television show- Miley Jab Hum Tum. He worked on short films, going on to make his debut as a dialogue writer for movies.  Hitesh was associated with the 2009 movie Siddharth: The Prisoner, for which he was also credited as the associate director. With his next venture, he debuted as a lyricist for some songs of the movie Aagey Se Right in the same year. Continuing to pursue his television career, Hitesh was associated with the television shows Humse Hai Life and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. In 2017, Hitesh was signed to write the screenplay and dialogues of director R S Prasanna’s romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, which is inspired by the director’s debut project Kalyana Samayal Saadham.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Article 15 to Section 377 – Movies R Us - Ayushmann Khurrana and Hitesh Kewalya on their next release together and the actor's exciting choice of roles. In conversation with Niranjan Iyengar

Jaimin Rajani

Bombay-born Calcutta-thoroughbred, Jaimin is an intermittent singer-songwriter. He gave up his advertising job to organise live music events across Kolkata and manage independent musicians. Jaimin is the writer of the film, If Not for You

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 5:30 pm
Bob Dylan – If Not For You - A film on Bob Dylan by Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora

January 25, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
Dylan to Beatles – Bards for a Generation - Ajoy Bose, Susmit Bose, Vu Tran, Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora in conversation with Saugata Banerji

Jaimini Bhagwati

Dr Jaimini Bhagwati is currently the Chairman of the IDFC Asset Management Trustee Company and a Board member of IDFC’s holding company. Dr Bhagwati was the Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Prior to that he was India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and yet earlier India’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Finance (MoF). During his tenure there, he was responsible for improving market integrity and implementing best practices in Indian bond, equity, derivatives and pensions markets. Dr Bhagwati worked for 11 years in Washington DC in the World Bank’s Treasury. Dr Bhagwati was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr Bhagwati has authored research publications in several books, ICRIER and the World Bank. He is the author of The Promise of India: How Prime Ministers Nehru to Modi Shaped the Nation (1947-2019) which was published by Penguin in August 2019. He is a regular columnist in Business Standard.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 5:00 pm
The Men Who Made India - Jaimini Bhagwati on leaders who shaped free India. In conversation with Jawhar Sircar

James Crabtree

James Crabtree is a Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where he teaches graduate courses on leadership and communication, as well as the impact of the 2008 financial crisis. He is also a fellow at the school’s Centre on Asia and Globalisation. His best-selling book, The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age, was released in 2018 and was short-listed for the FT / McKinsey book of the year. Prior to academia, James worked for the Financial Times, most recently leading coverage of Indian business as Mumbai bureau chief, between 2011 and 2016. He is now a columnist for Nikkei Asian Review, and also a non-resident fellow at the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House. James has written for a range of global publications including Prospect, New York Times, the Economist, Wired, and Foreign Policy. Prior to journalism, James was a senior policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He has worked for various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in America, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 11:00 am
The Gilded Age of India - James Crabtree on crazy rich Indians. In conversation with Sandip Roy

January 25, 2020 ● 6:40 pm
Love out of the Closet - Raga D’Silva, Sandip Roy and Nemat Sadat on coming out and coming into one’s own. In conversation with James Crabtree

Jash Sen

Jash Sen graduated in Statistics, completed her MBA from IIM, Calcutta, worked in the IT industry in Bangalore and the US before opting to teach Mathematics in a London high school. This was when she started writing in her free time in earnest. She began The Wordkeepers Trilogy in December 2010. The Wordkeepers was published in January 2013 and its sequel, Skyserpents, in October 2013. She is currently working on the third and final book of the trilogy – Soul Army. Jash recently translated the early 20th Century Bengali adventure classic, The Yaksha’s Treasure, by Shri Hemendra Kumar Roy. 

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:30 pm
Sarojini’s Mother - Kunal Basu introduces his new novel and discusses the joy of writing in two languages. In conversation with Jash Sen. Launch of Sarojini’s Mother and Endgame

January 26, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Haunted Hills - Udayan Mukherjee discusses his A Death In The Himalayas with mountain mystery Maestro Ruskin Bond. In conversation with Jash Sen

Jawhar Sircar

Jawhar Sircar is a retired Indian civil servant with 42 years experience in administration. He is a researcher, publisher of articles, author, and public speaker. He was CEO, PrasarBharati, from 2012 to 2016. He relocated to Kolkata in November, 2016, to take up his long pending research and publication work. He has been elected as Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Science, Calcutta (CSSSC). He served as Secretary of the Ministry of Culture from late 2008 to February 2012. 

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 10:30 am
Pushpa Aradhana - The fragrant journey of flowers through India’s history. Amita Prasad and Priyadarshini Guha in conversation with Jawhar Sircar

January 25, 2020 ● 5:00 pm
The Men Who Made India - Jaimini Bhagwati on leaders who shaped free India. In conversation with Jawhar Sircar

Jayanta Sengupta

Jayanta Sengupta is currently Secretary and Curator (Director) of the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, and a former Director of the Indian Museum and the Anthropological Survey of India. He is a historian of modern India with research interests in the interrelationship between colonialism, nationalism, and democracy and authoritarianism in modern South Asia, cultural practices in modern India, and transnational and comparative intellectual history. He is the author of At the Margins: Discourses of Development, Democracy and Regionalism in Orissa (2015), and Those Noble Edifices: the Raj Bhavans of Bengal (2019).

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:20 am
Jehangir to Dara Shukoh, the Magnificent Mughals - Parvati Sharma and Avik Chanda discuss the mighty and might-have-been in Mughal history. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta

January 23, 2020 ● 12:10 pm
Prodosh Mittirer Prithibi - Sabyasachi Chakraborty on being Feluda. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta Session in Bangla

Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami is an all round cricketer and former captain of the Indian national women’s cricket team.  Goswami is noted for both her batting and bowling (right arm medium) capabilities. She has a Test bowling average of less than 20. In the 2006–07 season, she guided the Indian team to its first test series win in England. She won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women Cricketer in 2011. Goswami was ranked first in ICC Women’s ODI bowling rankings (January 2016). Goswami is the leading wicket taker (200) in the history of women’s  ODI cricket. Goswami is the highest wicket taker in Women’s One Day International cricket. In February 2018, against South Africa, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Notun Dashakey Notun Asha - Jhulan Goswami, Swastika Mukherjee, Joya Mitra and Raka Dasgupta in conversation with Sanchari Mookherjee Session in Bangla

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for 15 years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche. Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two novellas, two collections of short stories, a Dr Who novella, guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run, the libretti for two short operas, several screenplays, a musical and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science, as well as for the Fragrance Foundation awards for perfume and perfume journalism (for which she also received an award in 2017). She has one daughter, plays regularly in the band she joined when she was 16, and lives with her husband in a little wood in Yorkshire. 

ATTENDING SESSION

January 22, 2020, 11:15 am
Inauguration – Joanne Harris and Mani Shankar Mukherjee.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Inauguration - Inauguration by Joanne Harris and Mani Sankar Mukherjee

January 23, 2020 ● 5:20 pm
Chocolat, Lollipops and Strawberry - Joanne Harris discusses the many flavours of Vianne Rocher. In conversation with Sandip Roy

January 26, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
How Do You Write Magic? - Ruskin Bond and Joanne Harris on the magical and not-so-real in their books. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

Joya Mitra

Joya Mitra is a writer and self- styled social philosopher who sees human civilizations as mainly the result of his natural surroundings. Besides writing fiction and poetry, she writes a great deal on ecology and culture. She is the recipient of the Ananda Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi Translation Award and other awards. She has more than 25 published books.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Notun Dashakey Notun Asha - Jhulan Goswami, Swastika Mukherjee, Joya Mitra and Raka Dasgupta in conversation with Sanchari Mookherjee Session in Bangla

Kanchana Banerjee

Kanchana has been writing for almost 20 years. She began her writing career with The Statesman (Kolkata) & then worked with The Times of India (Hyderabad). She has written for numerous reputed publications in the country. She also worked with various MNCs & PR firms as a corporate writer.

In 2011 she founded an online company called Writeword and conducted online writing courses to help women learn the art of freelance writing.

Nobody’s Child – a dark and twisted thriller is her second book with Harper Collins. Her first novel – A Forgotten Affair – with Harper Collins was published in September 2016. She won the book deal at Bangalore Literature festival, 2014 in a contest called Lit Mart.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 5:10 pm
Dark Side of the Mind - Sharmishtha Gooptu, Kanchana Banerjee and Sabarna Roy on thrillers in the past and present of the entertainment industry. In conversation with Sukanya Das

Kaushiki Guha

Kaushiki Guha, a student of Sakhawat Memorial Girls’ School and a history graduate from Ashutosh College, started her stage acting career way back in 1990 when she was just in the 12th standard. Since acting was her passion, she along with few like minded friend, started a theatre group called Samonnyay Nattyo Sangshtya and acted in many in-house productions. She has also acted with many renowned group theatres of Kolkata like Nandipat, Shoilushik etc. She has joined TV industries five years back, and acted in many popular Mega Serials and a known face by now in the field. Kaushiki is a poet. Her book on poetry has earned good name by book lovers. Kaushiki’s second love after acting is travelling. She just loves travelling.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

Keshava Guha

Keshava Guha is a writer of fiction and literary and political journalism. He was born in Delhi in 1990, and raised in Bangalore. He has an AB in history and politics from Harvard University, and an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. He writes regularly on politics for Scroll.in and on books for The Hindu in India and Literary Review in the UK. He has also contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times, Die Welt, Time Out, Caravan, Business Standard and the Nightwatchman, among other publications. His debut novel, Accidental Magic, is set in Boston in the early 2000s, in a community of adult Harry Potter obsessives and has received critical and popular acclaim.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:30 am
Coming out as Dalit - Yashica Dutt in conversation with Keshava Guha

January 24, 2020 ● 4:40 pm
Accidental Magic - Launch and discussion on Keshava Guha’s debut novel. In conversation with Sandip Roy

Kheyali Dastidar

Kheyali Dastidar is an actor, playwright and director. Born to well-known actors and playwrights Jochhon Dastidar and Chandra Dastidar, Kheyali fell in love with acting at a tender age. She started her acting career on stage at the age of 10, directed by her father. She has played eminent characters in over 25 plays like Uttar Purush, Karnik, Padya Gadya Probandha and Bhuter Begar. She has shared the stage with Bengali theatre legends like Soumitra Chatterjee, Dwijen Bandyopadhyay, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Arindam Ganguly. Dastidar is now the President of theatre group Charbak, which was founded by her parents. She has written and directed three original plays in Bengali- Kandey Kano Behula Sundari, Shironaam and the latest Bheeti o Shubhechcha. Dastidar is acknowledged as the first star of Bengali television when India launched its private soap operas. Tero Parbon was the first serial in Bengali. She has written three published novels to her name. Short Stories, tele screen plays are her other favourites. Trained in Italy for dramatics, Kheyali now also plays the role of a teacher who loves to create and groom actors. Dedicated fully to acting and writing, Kheyali Dastidar wishes to continue as an actor and a theatre worker.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

Amitav Ghosh

Sahitya Akademi winner and Padma Shri Amitav Ghosh is the first English-language writer to be conferred the Jnanpith Award. He is the author of acclaimed books such as The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, of the Ibis Trilogy, The Great Derangement and most recently, Gun Island. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
2020 Vision: Reading and Writing India - Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Manu Pillai

January 25, 2020 ● 12:10 pm
Warming Signals - Climate change and us. Amitav Ghosh and Dipesh Chakraborty in conversation

Krishnan Srinivasan

Krishnan Srinivasan has a degree from Oxford and was a diplomat, serving as ambassador in Libya, Zambia, Nigeria, Netherlands and Bangladesh before appointments as Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Commonwealth deputy secretary-general. After retirement, he was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge, Leiden and Uppsala apart from academic positions in India. He is the author of several books on international relations and a regular columnist and book reviewer for national newspapers. He has edited Values in Foreign Policy, Investigating Ideals and Interests, along with James Mayall and Sanjay Pulipaka, which is forthcoming in 2019.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12 noon
The Absent Dialogue - Anit Mukherjee, Ghazala Wahab and Krishnan Srinivasan on the armed forces and government. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka

January 25, 2020 ● 11:20 am
Values in Foreign Policy - Krishnan Srinivasan discusses his book with Sugata Bose and Hari Vasudevan

Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu is an Indian author of English fiction who has written six novels – The Opium Clerk (2001), The Miniaturist (2003), Racists (2006), The Yellow Emperor’s Cure ( 2011), Kalkatta (2015) and Sarojini’s mother. He has also written a collection of short stories, The Japanese Wife (2008), the title story of which has been made into a film by the Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen. He has worked for an advertising agency, in freelance journalism, dabbled in filmmaking, and taught at Jadavpur University for a brief period of 16 months. He has taught at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from 1986–1999. His 13 years at McGill were interrupted only by a brief stint at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, in 1989. Since 1999, he has been teaching at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He has also written financial pieces for business publications such as Fast Company and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:30 pm
Sarojini’s Mother - Kunal Basu introduces his new novel and discusses the joy of writing in two languages. In conversation with Jash Sen. Launch of Sarojini’s Mother and Endgame

Lopamudra Mitra

Lopamudra Mitra is an Indian singer of Rabindra Sangeet, modern Bengali songs and folk songs. She has won many awards for her uniquely dramatic style of singing, which is gains an added quality with her classical training and tenor voice. The Bengali play Pratyasha marked her debut as a music composer.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Kobita’r Gaan - Kobita’r Gaan with Lopamudra Mitra and Different Soulmates

Madhuja Banerjee

Madhuja Banerjee is a senior creative director for a national TV platform. She loves to write non-fiction. She is deeply interested in mythology and more specifically, its impact on popular culture.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 5:10 pm
Neeti, Aneeti O Durneeti - Bibek Debroy and Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri on reading and interpreting the Mahabharata. In conversation with Madhuja Banerjee Session in Bangla

Mani Sankar Mukherjee

Mani Sankar Mukherjee, popularly known as Sankar, is a prominent writer in Bengali. In addition to his literary efforts, Shankar is regarded as a street food expert and has written two books on this topic. He also is a marketing professional associated with an Indian industrial house. Some of his notable works are Kato Ajanare, Chowringhee, GharerMadhyeGhar, Nagar Nandini, SimantaSambad, Sonar Sangsar, Jana Aranya, and Seemabadhya. A few of his works have also been adapted into films by notable Indian directors.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Inauguration - Inauguration by Joanne Harris and Mani Sankar Mukherjee

January 22, 2020 ● 4:20 pm
Amar Aar Kolkatar Golpo - Sankar in the city, in conversation with Biswajit Ray Session in Bangla

January 25, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Nijer Shobde Kaaj Koro - Anupam Roy and his new collection of poems. In conversation with Angshuman Kar. Session in Bangla Launch of Nijer Shobe Kaaj Koro by Sankar  

Manoj Mohanka

Manoj Mohanka is a Kolkata based businessman but more interested in affairs of the state and the state of affairs. He has served on the board of several companies including media and NGOs, and follows politics and religion closely. He runs a trust to educate Muslim girls from poor families.  

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12 noon
The Absent Dialogue - Anit Mukherjee, Ghazala Wahab and Krishnan Srinivasan on the armed forces and government. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka

Manu S. Pillai

Manu S. Pillai is the author of The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (2015), Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji), and most recently, The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin: Tales from Indian History (2019). Formerly chief of staff to Dr Shashi Tharoor MP, he has in the past worked at the House of Lords in Britain, and with the BBC on their Incarnations history series. Written over six years and researched in three continents, Manu’s first book, The Ivory Throne won the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. His other writings have appeared in The Hindu, Open Magazine, the Times of India, Hindustan Times, The New Statesman, Mint Lounge and other publications.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 1:50 pm
When The Lions Write – Colony in Indian Ink - Shashi Tharoor and Sudeep Chakravarti in conversation with Manu Pillai

January 22, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
2020 Vision: Reading and Writing India - Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Manu Pillai

January 23, 2020 ● 2:45 pm
The Courtesan, The Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin - Manu Pillai talks about the hidden mosaic of characters behind emperors and invaders. In conversation with Avik Chanda

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester in the UK, and formerly a scientist with the British Geological and Antarctic surveys. Mark is interested in the evolution of the biosphere, especially its current trajectory of change in the Anthropocene. With Jan Zalasiewicz he has been involved in Anthropocene research for over a decade, as a long-time member and former secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group. Mark has written three popular science books with Jan, The Goldilocks Planet (2012), Ocean Worlds (2014), and Skeletons, the frame of life (2018), which examine the history of the Earth in deep (geological) time. He is currently working with Jan on a new book that examines the state of the biosphere, and with Jan and Julia Adeney Thomas (of Notre Dame University in the USA) he has co-authored the book ‘The Anthropocene a multidisciplinary approach’ (to be published in 2020).

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 2:15 pm
Climate in the Age of the Anthropocene - Benjamin Morgan, Mark Williams, Minal Pathak and Bill Brown in conversation with Navroz K. Dubash

Minal Pathak

Minal Pathak works as a Senior Scientist with the Technical Support Unit of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She coordinates activities at the Global Centre for Environment and Energy at Ahmedabad University. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Planning at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Her research focuses on low carbon cities, scenarios assessment, transportation decarbonization and urban resilience. She is a lead author on the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities coordinated by Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Professor Pathak holds a PhD and MSc in Environmental Science. She is a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London and has held visiting scholar positions at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 2:15 pm
Climate in the Age of the Anthropocene - Benjamin Morgan, Mark Williams, Minal Pathak and Bill Brown in conversation with Navroz K. Dubash

Monideepa Banerjie

Monideepa Banerjie is an aspiring reader. Once a bookworm, television reporting has reduced her attention span so much, she can barely get through an Archie comic. But she retires from NDTV in a couple of years and is looking forward to reinventing herself. Top of the list: reading. Yes, she is 56, has a dog her age, roughly, and a daughter in Delhi who is the real bookworm in the family and who is very worried about what the mother is doing at a lit meet.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
2020 Vision: Being Woman - Priya Ramani, Githa Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor and Rachel DeWoskin on the roadmap for women in a new decade. In conversation Monideepa Banerjie

Mridula Garg

Equally proficient in Hindi and English, Mridula Garg has written in almost every genre in Hindi: novels, plays, essays, a memoir, a travel account and ninety short stories. Her novel, Kathgulab was awarded the Vyas Samman in 2004 and Miljul Mann, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013. She received the Hellman-Hammet Grant from The Human Rights Watch, New York, in 2001. Four of her novels, Chittacobra, Anitya, Kathgulab and Main Aur Main, have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. Her essays have been published by leading journals in Hindi and English, in India and abroad. 

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 4:10 pm
Does a Story Choose it's Language? - Mridula Garg on her English novel and writing in two languages. In conversation with Supriya Newar

Nalin Mehta

Nalin Mehta is Executive Editor, The Times of India-Online. He is an award-wining social scientist, journalist and author who has taught and held senior research positions at universities and international institutions in Switzerland, Singapore, Australia and India. His books include Behind a Billion Screens: What Television Tells Us About Modern India (longlisted for Business Book of the Year, Tata Literary Live 2015) and India on Television: How Satellite News Channels Changed the Ways We Think and Act (winner of the Asian Publishing Award, 2008).

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 6:20 pm
2020 Vision: India @ Olympics - Pullela Gopichand, Nalin Mehta, Devendra Jhajharia and Boria Majumdar on India’s past record and future hopes for Tokyo'20

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut in 2008 with Firaaq, which won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. She was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum. She was selected as a World Yale Fellow in 2014. She has been the face of the campaign against colour bias called, ‘Dark Is Beautiful’, and recently, ‘India’s Got Colour’. Manto was Nandita’s second directorial venture. It premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and has won her much appreciation from critics and audiences. Manto continues to stream on Netflix.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Manto & I - Nandita Das discusses her journey with Saadat Hasan Manto, from reel to book. In conversation with Niranjan Iyengar

Navroz K. Dubash

Navroz K. Dubash is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research who has been actively engaged in global and national debates on climate change, air quality, energy and water as a researcher, policy advisor and activist for over 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the global Climate Action Network in 1990, and has since written widely about climate politics, policy and governance. Navroz is currently Coordinating Lead Author on national and sub-national policies and institutions for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, serves on the UNEP GAP Report Steering Committee, and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019. He has worked to inform and advise Indian government policy-making on climate change, energy, air and water policy over the last decade, and serves on various policy committees in these areas, including the committee on a Long Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India. Navroz has written two books, edited ten volumes, and published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. In 2015, he was conferred the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance. In 2018, his paper entitled ‘India’s energy and emissions future: an interpretive analysis of model scenarios’ was awarded the Emerging Nations Award for 2018 by Environmental Research Letters. His most recent work is an edited book, India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development (Oxford University Press 2019).

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 1:15 pm
Climate Chaos - Navroz Dubash and Bikram Grewal on India’s tryst with climate concerns. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

January 25, 2020 ● 2:15 pm
Climate in the Age of the Anthropocene - Benjamin Morgan, Mark Williams, Minal Pathak and Bill Brown in conversation with Navroz K. Dubash

Neeraj Ghaywan

Neeraj Ghaywan is the National Award winning director of the critically acclaimed Indo-French drama Masaan. He has previously assisted filmmaker AnuragKashyap on films like Gangs of Wasseypur. Masaan received wide acclaim from critics, mainstream media, and audiences alike, and won the FIPRESCI prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film festival 2015 as well as the Promising Future prize (Prix avenirprometteur), in addition to several other awards and nominations around the world. He directed the Fuelled By Love commercial for British Airways., which has won multiple international awards. Neeraj also directed the widely popular Vicks commercial #TouchOfCare, which won hearts all over. The touching ad tells the story of a transgender woman and activist who came to adopt a young girl whose birth mother died of AIDS. His latest award-winning short, Juice, subtly tackles patriarchy and misogyny in the Indian household. He has just wrapped directing the second season of Netflix’s highly acclaimed series – Sacred Games.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 8:30 pm
Short Film Screening – Juice - Short Film Screening of Juice starring Shefali Shah, directed by Neeraj Ghaywan

Neha Hiranandani

Neha Hiranandani is a writer whose columns have appeared in The Indian Express, Huffington Post, NDTV and Vogue among others. She holds degrees in Literature and Education from Wellesley College and Harvard University. Her first book Girl Power! Was published by Scholastic India and her forthcoming book will be published by Penguin Random House in 2020.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 2:40 pm
Murder Well Done - Ann Cleeves on her recipe for creating a super sleuth. In conversation with Neha Hiranandani

Nemat Sadat

Nemat Sadat is the author of The Carpet Weaver, which was published by Penguin In- dia in June 2019. Sadat’s novel opened to wide critical acclaim in the Indian national press and was India’s most written about debut fiction last year. Sadat was also profiled in many publications such as Grazia India, The Sunday Guardian, and VOGUE India.

Sadat is the first native from Afghanistan to have publicly come out as gay and campaign for LGBTQIA rights in Muslim communities worldwide. While teaching at the American University of Afghanistan, he secretly mobilized a gay movement off campus but was then persecuted by the Afghan authorities and deemed a national security threat for allegedly subverting Islam. Sadat has previously worked as a journalist at ABC News’s Nightline, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and the UN Chronicle, and has earned six university degrees, including graduate degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and Oxford. He is working on his second novel while touring the Indian Subcontinent to promote The Carpet Weaver.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
Belonging Everywhere, Belonging Nowhere - Nemat Sadat, Rachel DeWoskin, Daniel Raeburn and Vu Tran on the nationless author. In conversation with Samantak Das.

January 25, 2020 ● 6:40 pm
Love out of the Closet - Raga D’Silva, Sandip Roy and Nemat Sadat on coming out and coming into one’s own. In conversation with James Crabtree

Niranjan Iyengar

Niranjan Iyengar is a screenwriter and lyricist particularly known for his work with director Karan Johar. He is also author of the book, The Making of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Iyengar also hosts the talk show Look Who’s talking with Niranjan, which is aired on Zee Café. He has also worked on hit films Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Wake Up Sid, My Name Is Khan, Ra.One, Student of the Year, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Poetry Afternoon - Srijato, Anuj Lugun and Niranjan Iyengar present their poems

January 23, 2020 ● 12:20 pm
Poets United - City poets present their poetry. Opening reading by Niranjan Iyengar

January 23, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Article 15 to Section 377 – Movies R Us - Ayushmann Khurrana and Hitesh Kewalya on their next release together and the actor's exciting choice of roles. In conversation with Niranjan Iyengar

January 24, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Manto & I - Nandita Das discusses her journey with Saadat Hasan Manto, from reel to book. In conversation with Niranjan Iyengar

Nrishingha Prasad Bhaduri

He is a Sanskrit scholar and author, regarded as the leading expert on the Puranas, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata as well as other literary texts written in Sanskrit. He has written prolifically – books, essays as well as papers. After completing his Bachelor’s in Sanskrit from Sanskrit College, Kolkata, he obtained his Masters from Calcutta University. He started teaching Sanskrit at Nabadwip Bidyasagar College and then at Gurudas College, Kolkata. He continued to pursue his interest in the Puranas under the guidance of renowned Sanskrit scholar Dr Sukumari Bhattacharya and received his doctorate from Jadavpur University. Apart from honorary D. Litts from universities both in India and abroad, he was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016. In addition to his ongoing research and prolific contributions to widely read journals, periodicals and papers, he is currently engaged in developing a volume-wise anthology of the entire spectrum of the Puranas.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 5:10 pm
Neeti, Aneeti O Durneeti - Bibek Debroy and Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri on reading and interpreting the Mahabharata. In conversation with Madhuja Banerjee Session in Bangla

Paro Anand

Paro Anandis a Bal Sahitya Puraskar winning author who has written books for children, young adults and adults. She also works with children in schools and NGOs, through her program Literature in Action and holds a world record for helping over three thousand children make the world’s longest newspaper. She has been awarded for her contribution to children’s literature by The Russian Centre for Science and Culture. No Guns at my Son’s Funeral opened to rave reviews, was on the International Board on Books for Young People Honour List, has been translated into German and French, and is being adapted for cinema. The Little Bird who held the Sky up with his Feet was on the 1001 Books to Read before You Grow Up, an international gold standard of the world’s best books ever. Wingless has been performed nationally and internationally. She has authored Like SmokeThe OtherNomad’s Land and co-authored Two with Orjan Persson.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Coming of Rage - Paro Anand and Tanuj Solanki discuss angst, growing up and eternal hope. In conversation with Pratiti Ganatra

Paroma Roy Chowdhury

Paroma Roy Chowdhury read Political Science in Presidency College for her undergraduate and graduate studies and completed a Press Fellowship from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is a business journalist-turned-public affairs professional and has held leadership positions in global organizations. She is an ardent champion of free expression and inclusion and a keen observer of politics. She also loves literature, contemporary Indian art, music, films and good conversation.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Hashi Khushi - Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Anindya Chattopadhyay and Aparajita Dasgupta on humour in Bengali literature. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury Session in Bangla

January 25, 2020 ● 1:15 pm
Climate Chaos - Navroz Dubash and Bikram Grewal on India’s tryst with climate concerns. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

January 26, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Family Matters, Families Matter - Aruna Chakravarti and Udayan Mukherjee in conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

Parvati Sharma

Parvati Sharma is a Delhi-based author who has written across different genres. Her debut was a collection of short stories called The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love. She has also written a novel, Close to Home; a historical biography, Jahangir: An Intimate Portrait of a Great Mughal; and two books for children, The Story of Babur and Rattu & Poorie’s Adventures in History: 1857. Sharma has worked as a travel writer, editor and journalist. She writes a column on books and history for The Hindu BusinessLine, and is working on her second biography.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:20 am
Jehangir to Dara Shukoh, the Magnificent Mughals - Parvati Sharma and Avik Chanda discuss the mighty and might-have-been in Mughal history. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta

Paul Gravett

Paul Gravett is a London-based writer, curator, critic and lecturer specialising in international comics. He co-published with Peter Stanbury the ground-breaking British anthology ESCAPE (1982-1989) and was Project Director of the National Museum of Cartoon Art (1992-2001). His books include Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics, Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life, Great British Comics, Incredibly Strange Comics, Comics Art and Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics. He edited The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. He has curated numerous exhibitions of comics art in Britain and abroad, including retrospectives of Charles Schulz, Jack Kirby, ToveJansson and Posy Simmonds. In 2014, he co-curated Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, the first exhibition of British comics at The British Library in London. In 2017, he curated Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics, an exhibition based on his book for The Barbican Centre, London, which is touring worldwide till 2022. In 2018, he curated Global Webtoons: Invention and Innovation for The Busan Global Webtoon Center in South Korea. His latest book and exhibition in 2019 celebrate the works of Posy Simmonds. He writes for Art Review, Art Review Asia, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Independent, The Bookseller, Varoom and many other periodicals. 

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 3:10 pm
Change and the world of Comics - Paul Gravett, Daniel Raeburn and Pinaki De examine how comics see the future

January 26, 2020 ● 5:50 pm
Manga Mania - Paul Gravett and Pinaki De discuss the dominance of the Japanese comic form among youngsters across the globe

Pinaki De

Pinaki De is a multiple award-winning graphic illustrator-designer who regularly works for renowned publishers like Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Routledge, Primus, Oxford University Press, Singapore University Press (NUS), Bloomsbury, Orient Blackswan, Worldview, Pan Picador, Simon and Schuster, Permanent Black, Alchemy, Sage, Roli, Sahitya Academy, Rupa and many others. He has designed almost 500 book covers till date. He is the winner of PublishingNext prize for the best book cover design in India twice in 2017 and 2019. His book cover for “Kalkatta” by Kunal Basu won the prestigious Oxford Bookstore prize for the best cover design in India at Jaipur Literary Fest 2017. His layout design on Satyajit Ray’s archival manuscripts has drawn accolades from all across the globe. A Charles Wallace Trust Fellow, his Ph.D. is on comics theory. Pinaki is one of the editors of the prestigious annual magazine “Longform” (Published from Harper Collins, 2018) which is generally regarded as the first global comics magazine from India. He is the Indian comics advisor of Mangasia, the biggest ever exhibition on Asian Comics curated by Paul Gravett for the Barbican, London. His book length comics on Partition is due next year. Pinaki juggles his creative work with academics as he has a day job as an Associate Professor of Raja Peary Mohan College, Uttarpara.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 3:10 pm
Change and the world of Comics - Paul Gravett, Daniel Raeburn and Pinaki De examine how comics see the future

January 26, 2020 ● 5:50 pm
Manga Mania - Paul Gravett and Pinaki De discuss the dominance of the Japanese comic form among youngsters across the globe

Piya Chakraborty

Piya Chakraborty is a PhD research scholar currently pursuing her doctoral research in the Department of Sociology in Shiv Nadar University, India. Prior to this, she completed her M.Phil in Social Sciences (C.S.S.S.C.) and subsequently worked as a researcher in an international sociological research project conducted by Umeå University, Sweden. She was also employed as guest faculty in the Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, for a brief period. Her research interests focus on the relationship between individuals, communities and spaces. She is also interested in looking at the ways in which the current discourse of mental health can be shaped by the intersectionality between sociology and psychology.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 5:00 pm
The Chinese in India, the Indians in China - Tansen Sen and Piya Chakraborty in conversation

Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja teaches writing in prison and in universities. She holds an honorary fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge University and in 2019 was also the UNESCO Fellow in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia. Her novel We That Are Young won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the UK’s best debut of the year, and was listed for awards including the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, the Rathbones Folio Prize, and Europe’s premier award for a work of world literature, the Prix Jan Michalski. It was a book of the year in the UK’s Guardian, The Sunday Times, the Spectator, and in India’s The Hindu. It has been translated into seven languages to date, and is published in India by Penguin Random House and in the USA by AA Knopf. The book is currently in development as a major international TV series with Gaumont. 

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 12:40 pm
King Lear in 2020 - Vinay Pathak, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Anant Mahapatra and Preti Taneja discuss Shakespeare’s tragic old king in the new millennium. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

Priya Ramani

Priya Ramani is a veteran journalist, editor, commentator. Her varied career has included stints as equities reporter for Reuters, editor of Cosmopolitan and nearly a decade as one of the founding editors of Mint newspaper. She also held senior editorial positions at Elle magazine, The Indian Express Newspaper and digital first publishing startup Juggernaut. She is based in Bangalore and writes a column for Mint.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
2020 Vision: Being Woman - Priya Ramani, Githa Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor and Rachel DeWoskin on the roadmap for women in a new decade. In conversation Monideepa Banerjie

Priyadarshinee Guha

An alumna of Loreto House, LA Martini ere for Girls and Presidency College, Calcutta, Priyadarshinee is a Masters in Modern History and a gold medallist from Calcutta University. Passionate about teaching she chose to make this her life force. Priyadarshinee has been teaching History and English for the last 22 years in reputed schools of Calcutta, namely Modern High School for Girls and The Heritage School. As a teacher of History she has conducted several workshops for students and for training of teachers in using novel and creative approaches in the classroom. Born into a family steeped in reading, theatre and cinema these have enhanced her work enormously over the years. A trained Rabindra Sangeet singer, she has worked for several years in a reputed Bengali theatre group in Calcutta.  Theatre was carried into the classroom which led her to head the Dramatics Club in school which mounted several award winning productions under her direction. She has also directed water ballets set to Tagorean themes. A multi-faceted person she has been the master of ceremonies for events and conducted quizzes in schools and given talks in the city to varied audiences. Presently the Dean of Arts at Indus Valley World School, she actively engages in marrying her love for the arts with her teaching and in steering the children to explore and identify creative avenues of expression, through drama, dance, singing, music and literary endeavours.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12:50 pm
India’s Lost Frontier - Raghvendra Singh in conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha on the history of North West Frontier Province

January 23, 2020 ● 10:30 am
Pushpa Aradhana - The fragrant journey of flowers through India’s history. Amita Prasad and Priyadarshini Guha in conversation with Jawhar Sircar

Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player. Presently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 6:20 pm
2020 Vision: India @ Olympics - Pullela Gopichand, Nalin Mehta, Devendra Jhajharia and Boria Majumdar on India’s past record and future hopes for Tokyo'20

Rachel DeWoskin

Rachel DeWoskin is an author, academician and actor who has five published novels: BansheeSomeday We Will FlyBlindBig Girl Small; and Repeat After Me and also Foreign Babes in Beijing (W.W. Norton, 2005), a non-fiction account of life and Sino-US cultural exchange in China in the 1990’s. She has published and continues to publish poetry and non-fiction, most recently in The New Yorker, and Agni. Her first poetry collection Two Menus, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in April, 2020. She has written for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers and Conde Nast Traveller.  She teaches memoir and fiction at the University of Chicago and divides her time between Chicago and Beijing with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn and their two little girls. 

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
2020 Vision: Being Woman - Priya Ramani, Githa Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor and Rachel DeWoskin on the roadmap for women in a new decade. In conversation Monideepa Banerjie

January 24, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
Belonging Everywhere, Belonging Nowhere - Nemat Sadat, Rachel DeWoskin, Daniel Raeburn and Vu Tran on the nationless author. In conversation with Samantak Das.

Raga Olga D’Silva

Raga Olga D’ Silva is an advertising professional, poet and author. With over 25 years of experience in the creative field, Raga has worked in senior positions in advertising in India and New Zealand and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. Globally acknowledged as an expert on corporate speakers and B2B content curation, Raga herself is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of Diversity, LGBT, Building a Personal Brand and Doing Business in India. As the South Asian Ambassador for Diabetes UK and a social influencer she has appeared on BBC, Sky TV, Channel 4, ITV and TVNZ to share her personal story and views to help prevent Diabetes. She has been on several boards over the years and was the first woman to be elected on the board of the India New Zealand Business Council. She is currently a trustee on the board of CRY UK.  Raga is a mother of twins and divides her time between London, Mumbai and New Zealand and considers all three her home.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 6:40 pm
Love out of the Closet - Raga D’Silva, Sandip Roy and Nemat Sadat on coming out and coming into one’s own. In conversation with James Crabtree

Raghvendra Singh

Raghvendra Singh is currently Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Government of India. A post graduate in History from University of Delhi, he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service with West Bengal as his cadre.  Singh has served in the sector of Tourism and Culture for over a decade and has been responsible for providing a fillip to the sectors of conservation and museology. Over twenty iconic buildings were restored directly under his supervision.  National Gallery of Modern Art, British Barracks at Red Fort and the Old Currency Building are just a few cases in point.  He curated over 25 permanent exhibitions, museums and galleries, of which some examples are that of MaanMahal (Varanasi), Metcalfe Hall (Kolkata), Museum of Indian Cinema (Mumbai) and the National Museum galleries (New Delhi). His passion to refurbish old structures and thereafter create museums in them has encouraged the movement of Museology, as yet nascent in India.  He plans to extend this initiative to cities like Gwalior, Bhopal, Lucknow, Jammu, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and many such others. Singh headed the prestigious National Archives of India till 2017. His book India’s Lost Frontier, on the North West Frontier Province was released in August 2019.  Three more book projects are on the anvil: on Gilgit-Baltistan (Jammu & Kashmir); on Baluchistan Kalat and on Syama Prasad Mukherjee.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12:50 pm
India’s Lost Frontier - Raghvendra Singh in conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha on the history of North West Frontier Province

Rahul Dev Bose

Rahul is an actor whose roots lie in the advent of Youth Theater in the early part of the last decade in English and Hindi Theatre. Having worked on television extensively for the last few years, he returned to the stage with Pratyasha because of his desire to work extensively in Bengali theatre.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

Ajoy Bose

Ajoy Bose is a veteran journalist with over 45 years experience in several print publications here and abroad having worked as India Correspondent of The Guardian, London and the Executive Editor of The Pioneer. He has also been a commentator on various television channels including as the Resident Commentator of CNN News 18. His books include a widely acclaimed book on the Emergency, For Reasons of State which was relaunched last summer, Behenji a multi-edition political biography of Dalit leader Mayawati and his latest book Across the Universe recreating the fascinating journey of the Beatles to India half a century ago. He will soon be making a film directorial debut with a documentary on The Beatles and India.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:35 pm
Behenji, Amma, Didi - Vaasanthi, Ajoy Bose and Dola Mitra on how gender and stereotypes play out for a talismanic trio of leaders. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

January 25, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
Dylan to Beatles – Bards for a Generation - Ajoy Bose, Susmit Bose, Vu Tran, Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora in conversation with Saugata Banerji

Rajorshi Chakraborti

Rajorshi Chakraborti has published six novels and a collection of short fiction. He was born in Kolkata and grew up there and in Mumbai, and now lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand. Two of his earlier novels have been nominated in different categories of the Crossword Book Award. Rajorshi’s new novel, Shakti, a supernatural mystery thriller set in Kolkata and Delhi, was published by Penguin Random House in November.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
She And Her City - Damyanti Biswas, Rituparna Roy and Rajorshi Chakraborti

Raka Dasgupta

Raka Dasgupta is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, Calcutta University and has published five books of poetry in Bengali and a book of travel-writings. She has received the Krittibas Puraskar, the Bengali Akademi and the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Notun Dashakey Notun Asha - Jhulan Goswami, Swastika Mukherjee, Joya Mitra and Raka Dasgupta in conversation with Sanchari Mookherjee Session in Bangla

Rituparna Roy

Rituparna Roy is Assistant Professor of English at the Heritage College, Kolkata. An alumna of Presidency College and Calcutta University, she has taught at several institutions in Kolkata, Leiden and The Hague. She is the author of South Asian Partition Fiction in English: From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh (Amsterdam University Press: 2010) & co-editor of the ICAS Volume Writing India Anew: Indian English Fiction 2000-2010 (Amsterdam University Press: 2013) – both written during her time as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden. 

Roy blogs at Authors Electric.com and her own website (royrituparna.com), and writes features and reviews for The Wire.in, Scroll.in, The Punch Magazine, Jaggery and Kaani. Gariahat Junction is her first work of fiction, written mostly during her years in the Netherlands.  

She is Initiator, the Kolkata Partition Museum Project (KPMP) & Managing Trustee, KPM Trust – that aims at the establishment of a Partition Museum in Kolkata.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
She And Her City - Damyanti Biswas, Rituparna Roy and Rajorshi Chakraborti

Ruchira Das

Early in her career, Ruchira Das decided to leave the corporate world to follow her heart and work with the arts. After 15 years of working with various arts organisations across India, in different capacities, she founded ThinkArts in December 2013.

Based in Kolkata, ThinkArts works towards bringing a diverse programme of literary, visual art, dance, theatre to children and young people in several cities across India. They also curate the Junior Kolkata Literary Meet.

Ruchira works with several educational and arts organisations across India as a freelance artist and consultant and is the deputy director of ARThink South Asia.

Attending Session

Rudra Chatterjee

He is the Managing Director of Luxmi Group and the Chairman of Obeetee. Luxmi Group produces 20 mn kgs of teas in its gardens in Darjeeling, Dooars, Assam and Tripura and is one of the fastest growing and dynamic tea companies in India and in Rwanda in Africa. Obeetee is India’s largest carpet company that exports carpets to United States and Europe and has won numerous Indian and International awards for its social accountability, environment stewardship and design leadership. Rudra is a graduate of Columbia Business School and worked as a consultant in New York office of Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 11:45 am
2020 Vision: The Economy - Bibek Debroy makes his predictions for a new decade. Talk followed by interaction with Rudra Chatterjee

Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is an award-winning Indian author of British descent, much renowned for his role in promoting children’s literature in India. He has written over 500 short stories, essays and novellas and more than 50 books for children. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, written at 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. His latest work, The Little Book of Comfort, will be available from January 2019. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 10:30 am
How Green Is My Story - Ruskin Bond and Soumitra Ray on how nature is muse and solace. In conversation with Balaji Vittal

January 26, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Haunted Hills - Udayan Mukherjee discusses his A Death In The Himalayas with mountain mystery Maestro Ruskin Bond. In conversation with Jash Sen

January 26, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
How Do You Write Magic? - Ruskin Bond and Joanne Harris on the magical and not-so-real in their books. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

Sabarna Roy

Being a full timer in the hard-core Civil Engineering field, Mr Sabarna Roy finds himself equally comfortable in both Fiction and Technical Writing. A writer of five bestselling fictional books and six technical papers, Roy presents a unique blend of authorship. In addition to fictional hotcakes, Roy also has six published peer reviewed technical papers in his kitty, which solely cater to his professional domain. A person who is deeply driven by a passion to explore the multi-disciplinary secrets of life in a unified manner, Sabarna is presently working on his sixth book: a storybook with ideas as its characters to understand the certainty of uncertainty in human life. This is likely to be published in the winters of 2021.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 5:10 pm
Dark Side of the Mind - Sharmishtha Gooptu, Kanchana Banerjee and Sabarna Roy on thrillers in the past and present of the entertainment industry. In conversation with Sukanya Das

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya is the C.V. Raman Professor at the Ashoka University. Educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and University in Delhi, he earned his PhD in physics at Northwestern University in the US. After post-doctoral stints at the Magnet Laboratory at MIT and at the University of Chicago, he spent two decades at Corporate Research Laboratories in the US. He returned to India as the Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also taught briefly at Presidency University, Kolkata as the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Distinguished Professor. He is currently working on a book on India’s higher education and its relation to the colonial experience.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
JBS Haldane – A Dominant Character - Samanth Subramanian in conversation with Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Launch of A Dominant Character by Bibek Debroy

January 26, 2020 ● 5:20 pm
Science and the Arts - The Two Cultures, divergences and convergence. Dipesh Chakraborty and Sabyasachi Bhattacharya in conversation Session in Bangla

Sabyasachi Chakraborty

Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, is an Indian actor of theater, films and television. He is considered to be one of the most prolific actors of West Bengal, and is best known for portraying iconic Bengali detective characters, Feluda and Kakababu.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: Pratyasha - A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Dr. Ramaditya Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar. Play in Bangla

January 23, 2020 ● 12:10 pm
Prodosh Mittirer Prithibi - Sabyasachi Chakraborty on being Feluda. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta Session in Bangla

January 23, 2020 ● 2:10 pm
Pawth Haraabo Bolei... Brohmon aar Bangali Sahitya - Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Amarendra Chakravorty and Biswajit Ray in conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta Session in Bangla

Samantak Das

Samantak Das has successfully prolonged his misspent youth by remaining in university, as student and alleged teacher, for approximately 63% of his life, during which period he has written and lectured on 19th-century literature, translation, the relationships between the biological sciences and literature, environment, ecology, rural development and primary education. He spends a fair amount of time in rural Bengal, as a volunteer for an NGO that provides vocational training for economic rehabilitation to impoverished young women and men. He is a (harassed) father to three children, a lover of food (and drink) and a failed student of karate. His favourite activity is sleeping, followed closely by day-dreaming.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
Belonging Everywhere, Belonging Nowhere - Nemat Sadat, Rachel DeWoskin, Daniel Raeburn and Vu Tran on the nationless author. In conversation with Samantak Das.

Samanth Subramanian

Samanth Subramanian is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Business Week, Granta, WIRED and Harper’s. His most recent book, A Dominant Character, is a biography of the scientist and Communist JBS Haldane.His first book, Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast, won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award in 2013. His second book, This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War, won the 2015 Crossword Prize for Non Fiction and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Non Fiction Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize the same year. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
JBS Haldane – A Dominant Character - Samanth Subramanian in conversation with Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Launch of A Dominant Character by Bibek Debroy

Samhita Chakraborty

Samhita Chakraborty worked as a journalist with The Times of India and The Telegraph for 13 years before co- founding Allcap Communications, a content and communications start-up based in Kolkata. In her free time she can always be found reading a book and occasionally writing about them for Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and Readers Digest.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Love, Coffee and Chopsuey - Chandrahas Chowdhury and Devapriya Roy on eating and living the city life. In conversation with Samhita Chakraborty

Sampurna Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji writes books, teaches writing, wears silver, talks fast and is actually pronounced Shompurna.

Attending Session

Sanchari Mookherjee

Sanchari Mookherjee has been writing on social issues for more than a decade in the Bengali media space. Her writings combine keen social awareness with great communicative skill. Personal prose is her forte, the strength emanating from her unique way of seeing the world and finding a new meaning of even the mundane things of everyday life. This, along with a sharply critical mind, is what has always given all her pieces, particularly the regular columns in the Sunday supplement of the leading Bengali newspaper of West Bengal, their cutting edge. These columns have been collected in the book Ekta Kashto Lajja Bhoy.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Shotti Holeo Golpo - Sanchari Mukherjee and Anindya Chattopadhyay on their collections of essays. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta

January 26, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Notun Dashakey Notun Asha - Jhulan Goswami, Swastika Mukherjee, Joya Mitra and Raka Dasgupta in conversation with Sanchari Mookherjee Session in Bangla

Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy is a novelist and journalist currently living in Kolkata. His first novel Don’t Let Him Know won the honour title for the Asian Pacific American Literature Awards in the US and the Likho Award in India and was listed for other awards including the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Green Carnation Prize. He is a contributing editor for Huffington Post in India and a long-time radio commentator for National Public Radio in the US. He has been a senior editor with Firstpost.com and his journalism has appeared in the New York TimesThe GuardianMintBBC, ScoopwhoopHindu Business Line and other outlets. 

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 5:20 pm
Chocolat, Lollipops and Strawberry - Joanne Harris discusses the many flavours of Vianne Rocher. In conversation with Sandip Roy

January 24, 2020 ● 11:00 am
The Gilded Age of India - James Crabtree on crazy rich Indians. In conversation with Sandip Roy

January 24, 2020 ● 4:40 pm
Accidental Magic - Launch and discussion on Keshava Guha’s debut novel. In conversation with Sandip Roy

January 25, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
A Life In History - Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Sandip Roy

January 25, 2020 ● 6:40 pm
Love out of the Closet - Raga D’Silva, Sandip Roy and Nemat Sadat on coming out and coming into one’s own. In conversation with James Crabtree

Sathya Saran

Sathya Saran is one of India’s best-known journalists and editors. As editor, she made Femina the most successful fashion and lifestyle magazine in India. She is author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling biography Ten Years with Guru Dutt: AbrarAlvi’s Journey. She is currently working on a number of books in her capacity as consulting editor with a leading publishing house.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 3:40 pm
The Golden Breath - Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sathya Saran discuss the maestro’s life and music. In conversation with Balaji Vittal Launch of Breath Of Gold by Shubha Mudgal

Satyarth Nayak

Satyarth Nayak is an author and screenwriter based in Mumbai. A former SAARC Literary award-winning correspondent with CNN-IBN, Delhi, he holds a master’s in English literature from St Stephen’s, New Delhi. Satyarth’s debut novel, The Emperor’s Riddles, released in 2014 and became a bestselling historical thriller, earning comparisons with Dan Brown. His short stories have won the British Council Award and appeared in Sudha Murty’s Penguin anthology Something Happened on the Way to Heaven. Satyarth has also scripted Sony’s epic show Porus, touted as India’s biggest historical TV series. A regular speaker at various literature festivals, he has been named as one of the Top 51 authors to follow on Facebook. Satyarth is currently writing a fantasy web series for Amazon Prime, working on books on Indian mythology and exploring scripts in Bollywood. A self-confessed cinephile, this is his first non-fiction book.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 12:30 pm
Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess - Satyarth Nayak discusses the rise and rise of Sridevi. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

Saugata Banerji

Saugata’s life has been a series of reinventions. Upon completing his PhD in Finance from INSEAD (France), Saugata started his career as a Finance Professor at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey) and Goteborg University (Goteborg, Sweden). After several years in academia, Banerji moved on to Management Consulting where he advised Fortune 500 companies. Banerji moved back to India and joined Usha Martin Group’s IT company Ushacomm as its global Executive Director overseeing worldwide operations in Asia, America, Europe and Africa. An entrepreneur at heart, he finally decided to heed his calling and founded a food chain called The Biryani Company, which subsequently morphed into “Biryanishk” – Kolkata’s first gourmet biryani brand. This allowed him to simultaneously pursue his first love – music. Trained as a classical violinist, he also learnt the guitar and has been a singer songwriter, playing the violin in a Symphony Orchestra in the US and Irish Fiddle in French Cafes. He has performed around the world. Most recently, Saugata and a few of his childhood friends have reunited to form a band called Jelly Bellies. They enjoy playing their own compositions and rearranged old favourites.

Attending Session

Shamik Ghosh

Shamik Ghosh writes in Bengali. His short stories create an unusual way of looking into the world by combining reality with the unreal. They offer a personalized perspective of the existence of the individual in today’s urban space by viscerally bringing in elements of subaltern existence filled with uncertainty violence and unexpected things.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 4:40 pm
Aami Benoy Majumdar - Angshuman Kar discusses his new novel with Bratya Basu. In conversation with Shamik Ghosh. Session in Bangla Launch of Aami Benoy Majumdar by Bratya Basu

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is executive editor with Penguin India. He has edited some of India’s best-known authors like Gulzar, Kiran Nagarkar, Manu Joseph and Anita Nair, among others. He has also commissioned and published a number of books on cinema which have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI Award for Best Writing on Cinema and which have been best-sellers. He is also the author of two book: Whims, a book of poems, and Icons from Bollywood

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 12:30 pm
Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess - Satyarth Nayak discusses the rise and rise of Sridevi. In conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

Sharmistha Gooptu

She is a film historian with her Ph.D from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Bengali Cinema, An Other Nation (Routledge, 2010) and has curated Flashback, 175 Years of Entertainment for the Times of India (2013). She is editor of the journal South Asian History and Culture and the South Asian History and Culture books series. Her recent book is Menoka Has Hanged Herself (Simon and Schuster 2019). 

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 5:10 pm
Dark Side of the Mind - Sharmishtha Gooptu, Kanchana Banerjee and Sabarna Roy on thrillers in the past and present of the entertainment industry. In conversation with Sukanya Das

Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, is the bestselling author of 19 books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and for External Affairs in the Government of India. Shashi Tharoor is the author, most recently, of The Hindu Way. He chairs Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology. He has won numerous awards, including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award and most recently, the Sahitya Akademi.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 1:50 pm
When The Lions Write – Colony in Indian Ink - Shashi Tharoor and Sudeep Chakravarti in conversation with Manu Pillai

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay is a Bengali author who has written stories for both adults and children. He is known for creating the fictional sleuths such as Barodacharan, Fatik and Shabor Dasgupta. Mukhopadhyay started his career as a school teacher and is now on the staff of Anandabazar Patrika at Kolkata. He is associated with the Bengali magazine Desh. Mukhopadhyay has penned thrillers like Kalo Beral, Shada Beral. Born in Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh) his family migrated to Kolkata during Partition. He spent his childhood in Bihar and many places in Bengal and Assam accompanying his father, who worked in the railways. He passed intermediate from the Victoria College, Cooch Bihar before taking a Masters in Bengali from Calcutta University.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Hashi Khushi - Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Anindya Chattopadhyay and Aparajita Dasgupta on humour in Bengali literature. In conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury Session in Bangla

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is a music composer and santoor player. Sharma started learning santoor at the age of thirteen. He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955. He is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument. He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram’s Jhanak Jhanak Payal Bajein 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960. In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley, which turned out to be one of Indian classical music’s greatest hits. He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia starting with Silsila. They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo. Some of the movies they composed music for were big musical hits, such as FaasleChandniLamhe, and Darr. Pandit Sharma is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 7:30 pm
Kalam Finale - Pandit Shivkumar Sharma in concert

Shubha Mudgal

Singer Shubha Mudgal has specialised in the Hindustani classical genres of khayal and thumi-dadra. Her involvement with popular Indian music and chart busting Indipop tracks has been widely recognised. She is the recipient of several national and international awards for her musical accomplishments. With deep roots in the magical and diverse world of Indian music, Mudgal has been a student, performer, teacher, composer and columnist for several decades.  Not surprisingly, therefore, her debut collection of short stories revolves around the music that has nurtured and helped find her voice.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 2:50 pm
Looking for Miss Sargam - Shubha Mudgal on her literary debut. In conversation with Arunabha Deb

January 26, 2020 ● 3:40 pm
The Golden Breath - Hariprasad Chaurasia and Sathya Saran discuss the maestro’s life and music. In conversation with Balaji Vittal Launch of Breath Of Gold by Shubha Mudgal

Somak Raychaudhury

He is currently the Director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. Earlier, he was the Head of Physics and the first Dean of Science  at Presidency University, Kolkata. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, University of Oxford, and  University of Cambridge, UK, and has worked at Harvard University, USA and University of Birmingham, UK for much of his career.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Bibha Choudhury and Purnima Sinha – India’s Hidden Figures - Suchetana Chatterjee, Dr. Suprakash C Roy and Sukanya Sinha discuss the journeys that inspire today’s women in STEM. In conversation with Somak Raychoudhury

January 25, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
Tagore's Universe: The World, the Earth and the Cosmos - Sukanta Chaudhuri and Somak Raychaudhury on Tagore’s engagement with science, the arts and his times

Soumitra Ray

Soumitra Ray is a musician and author and is one of the founder-members of internationally acclaimed band Bhoomi which has the distinction of performing an exclusive show at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2006. He worked as a sports journalist for The Telegraph after completing his education from Frank Anthony Public School, St. Paul’s Darjeeling and then St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta. He has received the Banga Ratna Award and Mr Adivasi is his first novel. 

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 10:30 am
How Green Is My Story - Ruskin Bond and Soumitra Ray on how nature is muse and solace. In conversation with Balaji Vittal

Srijato

Srijato is one of Bengal’s most popular new generation poets and lyricists, and is the author of several books of modern poetry, including Uronto Sob Joker: All Those Flying Jokers, which won theAnanda Puroskar and Krittibas Puroshkar, Sesh Chithi, The Story of Katiusha, Andhakar Lekhaguchchha and Premer Kobita. His novels include 4043, Shalimare Shonghat. His latest poetic composition Dhongso was published in 2018 along with two other works — Lymeric and Facebook, a collection of his Facebook posts. Other than poetry he has also penned the lyrics of popular movies like Autograph, Iti Mrinalini, and Charuulata. He also does anchoring and public speaking, and recently made his acting debut in Srijit Mukherjee’s Zulfiqar.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Poetry Afternoon - Srijato, Anuj Lugun and Niranjan Iyengar present their poems

January 23, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Brikkho Anubadak/The Oak Translator - Srijato and Arunava Sinha in conversation Session in Bangla

Suchetana Chatterjee

A PhD from the Physics University of Pittsburgh, Suchetana’s research area lies in the interface of astrophysics and cosmology and also combines theoretical, phenomenological, and data-oriented aspects. Her science interests cover several topics ranging from anisotropies in the microwave background to detailed astrophysics in galaxy evolution. The core of her research is focused in investigating the connection between supermassive black hole evolution and cosmological structure formation in numerical simulations and testing the predictions against multi-wavelength observations. As an academician she is very excited about physics teaching and physics education research and public outreach of science in India.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Bibha Choudhury and Purnima Sinha – India’s Hidden Figures - Suchetana Chatterjee, Dr. Suprakash C Roy and Sukanya Sinha discuss the journeys that inspire today’s women in STEM. In conversation with Somak Raychoudhury

Sudeep Chakravarti

Sudeep Chakravarti’s latest work is Plassey: The Battle that Changed the Course of Indian History. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed and bestselling The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community, Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country, Highway 39, and Clear. Hold. Build, which received the Award for Excellence at Asian Publishing Awards 2014. His other words include three critically acclaimed novels, Tin Fish, The Avenue of Kings and The Baptism of Tony Calangute, besides several short stories and numerous essays. His work has been translated into several Indian and European languages. Chakravarti is also among India’s leading independent columnists and commentators on matters of conflict and conflict resolution and the convergence of business and human rights. A marine conservation evangelist, he lives in Goa.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 1:50 pm
When The Lions Write – Colony in Indian Ink - Shashi Tharoor and Sudeep Chakravarti in conversation with Manu Pillai

Sugata Bose

Sugata Bose is the Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University, and has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and as the Founding Director of Harvard’s South Asia Institute. He is the author of the definitive biography, His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire; A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire; and, most recently, of The Nation as Mother and Other Visions of Nationhood.  In 2015 he was awarded the Rabindra Puraskar for his corpus of works with a special mention of his book, His Majesty’s Opponent. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 11:20 am
Values in Foreign Policy - Krishnan Srinivasan discusses his book with Sugata Bose and Hari Vasudevan

Sukanta Chaudhuri

Sukanta Chaudhuri is Professor Emeritus at ​the Department of English, Jadavpur University. He ​has been Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur​​ and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He has many publications on the European Renaissance and textual studies, and ​was ​Project Director for ​Bichitra, the complete Tagore variorum website​. He ​  edited the collection Calcutta: The Living City, and writes and campaigns on education and civic issues. He has prepared the Third Arden edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017) and A Companion to Pastoral Poetry of the English Renaissance (The Manchester Spenser) (2018).

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 12:40 pm
King Lear in 2020 - Vinay Pathak, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Anant Mahapatra and Preti Taneja discuss Shakespeare’s tragic old king in the new millennium. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

January 25, 2020 ● 1:00 pm
Tagore's Universe: The World, the Earth and the Cosmos - Sukanta Chaudhuri and Somak Raychaudhury on Tagore’s engagement with science, the arts and his times

Sukanya Sinha

She has done her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland. Her field of research lies in the interface of   General Relativity   and Quantum Field Theory.  She is passionate about communicating science to the general public and writes in  English and Bengali for both adults and children.  She received the Rabindra Smriti Puraskar in 2010 for science writing in Bengali. She was a founder Director of Curiouscity Science Education, an organization for promoting interest in science among children. At present she teaches physics at Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Bibha Choudhury and Purnima Sinha – India’s Hidden Figures - Suchetana Chatterjee, Dr. Suprakash C Roy and Sukanya Sinha discuss the journeys that inspire today’s women in STEM. In conversation with Somak Raychoudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

She started her career at the Indian Express newspaper where she headed the city team. Three years later she moved to TV news and joined NDTV. After covering the 2009 election campaign traveling across the country on a bus for two months, she wrote Braking News. Her latest book Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India‟s Most Famous (2017, Roli Books) was the result of extensive interviews with high-profile inmates. In 2016, she received the Red Ink award and is the 2018 Jefferson Fellow. Most recently she is the recipient of Mary Morgan Hewett Award that recognizes the achievements of women journalists. Choudhury is currently the political editor at Hindustan Times.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 3:15 pm
Black Warrant - Sunil Gupta and Sunetra Choudhury on prison tales from Tihar’s death row. In conversation with Pratiti Ganatra

Sunil Gupta

He began working at Tihar Jail in 1981 and was later promoted to the position of spokesperson and legal advisor of the jail. Since leaving Tihar Jail, he has worked with the High Court and Supreme Court as an advocate and member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, accomplishing much to improve India‟s prison systems, from introducing Special Courts within the prisons to initiating video conferencing connections between jails and the court. He has also fought for gender equality within the prison system by ensuring that women are availed the same privileges of semi-open and open jail which are availed to men. His efforts have earned him the India Vision Award for his achievements in the field of Prison Reforms and Administration. Gupta is the sole officer from the legal field to have received the President‟s Correctional Medal for Distinguished Services. This is his first book.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 3:15 pm
Black Warrant - Sunil Gupta and Sunetra Choudhury on prison tales from Tihar’s death row. In conversation with Pratiti Ganatra

Supriya Chaudhuri

Supriya Chaudhuri is Professor of English (Emerita) at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She was educated at Presidency College and the University of Oxford. She works on Renaissance literature and culture, translation, cultural history, and modernism, and has published widely in these fields. She also reviews new fiction and has judged fiction and translation awards.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 5:30 pm
I Have Become the Tide - Githa Hariharan in conversation with Supriya Chaudhuri

Supriya Newar

Author of the widely acclaimed title, ‘Kalkatta Chronicles’, Supriya Newar has clocked two decades of keen professional involvement in the world of brand and communications. She has had the opportunity to work closely with prestigious Indian and global brands, lead and train teams.
A music aficionado, Supriya authored and curated a tribute, dedicated to Late Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi called ‘Pranaam Appa’ which was released by the Hon’ble Governor of Bengal in 2018. She has also translated the biography of the illustrious Seth Govind Das from Hindi to English. Supriya enjoys interacting with students and is a guest lecturer at various reputed institutes. A zealous traveller with many of her travelogues widely published, she has more than 500 bylines to her name. Supriya Newar is attached with a clutch of firms as a Communications Consultant and also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Linc Pens.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 4:10 pm
Does a Story Choose it's Language? - Mridula Garg on her English novel and writing in two languages. In conversation with Supriya Newar

Susmit Bose

Susmit Bose is a seminal urban folk musician whose songs often deal with social issues, human rights, global peace and non violence.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
Dylan to Beatles – Bards for a Generation - Ajoy Bose, Susmit Bose, Vu Tran, Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora in conversation with Saugata Banerji

Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta is an Indian journalist and Member of the Rajya Sabha. At various points in his career, he has held editorial posts at StatesmanDaily Telegraph, The Times of IndiaIndian Express and India Today, where he was managing editor till 2003. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2015 for his contribution to literature and education.  

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 7:00 pm
Awakening Bharat Mata - Swapan Dasgupta in conversation with Bidyut Chakraborty

Swastika Mukherjee

Swastika Mukherjee is an actor who made her film debut in 2001 in Hemante Pakhi. Her first lead role came with Mastan (2004). Mukherjee made her film debut in 2003 with the film Hemanter Pakhi, directed by Urmi Chakraborty, where she played a small role. Her first lead role came with Mastan, directed by Ravi Kinagi. Mukherjee appeared in Bye Bye Bangkok and made her Hindi debut in the anthology film Mumbai Cutting. She earned accolades for her cameo role in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015). She was educated at Carmel School, Kolkata, St. Teresa’s Secondary School and Gokhale Memorial School. Mukherjee defines herself first as a woman who stands up for other women, and a person who lives life on her terms, unapologetically.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 6:10 pm
Notun Dashakey Notun Asha - Jhulan Goswami, Swastika Mukherjee, Joya Mitra and Raka Dasgupta in conversation with Sanchari Mookherjee Session in Bangla

Tansen Sen

Tansen Sen is Professor of History, the Director of the Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai, and Global Network Professor at NYU. He received his MA from Peking University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Buddhism, Diplomacy, and Trade: The Realignment of Sino-Indian Relations, 600-1400 (2003; 2016) and India, China, and the World: A Connected History (2017). He has co-authored (with Victor H. Mair) Traditional China in Asian and World History (2012), edited Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Cultural and Intellectual Exchange (2014), and co-edited (with Burkhard Schnepel) Travelling Pasts: The Politics of Cultural Heritage in the Indian Ocean World (2019) and (with Brian Tsui) Beyond Pan-Asianism: Connecting China and India, 1840s-1960s (under review). He is currently working on a book about the Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s maritime expeditions in the early fifteenth century and co-editing (with Engseng Ho) the Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean, volume 1. His latest research project concerns China-India interactions during the 1950s, focusing on the role of the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 5:00 pm
The Chinese in India, the Indians in China - Tansen Sen and Piya Chakraborty in conversation

Tanuj Solanki

After writing short stories for newspapers and magazines, Tanuj Solanki, whose day job involves working for an insurance company in Mumbai, wrote his first novel, Neon Noon, in 2016. Published by Harper Collins, it received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for Tata Lit Live First Book Award. But it was his second book, Diwali in Muzaffarnagar, in 2018, which established him as a writer. The short story collection explores what it means to leave a small town as a young adult, and to return home much later. It has just got him the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puruskar.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Coming of Rage - Paro Anand and Tanuj Solanki discuss angst, growing up and eternal hope. In conversation with Pratiti Ganatra

TM Krishna

TM Krishna is a Carnatic music vocalist, writer, and author. As a vocalist, he has known to have created innovations in both the style and substance of his concerts. As an activist, he has championed a number of causes connected to the environment, the caste system, communalism, religious reform, reform of social practices and so on. In 2016, he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for “his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions, breaking barriers of caste and class to unleash what music has to offer not just for some but for all”. 

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 3:50 pm
Sebastian & Sons - TM Krishna in conversation with Arunabha Deb

January 24, 2020 ● 7:15 pm
Afterwords: The TM Krishna Concert -

Udayan Mukherjee

Udayan Mukherjee is an Indian television journalist and economist who was formerly the managing editor with CNBC India. Mukherjee is an economist by training. He obtained his B.Sc in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata and an MA in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He began his career with UTV. At CNBC India he was the Managing Editor and anchored live market shows until he stepped down in 2013 citing professional fatigue. In 2018, he wrote a fiction novel titled Dark Circles. In 2012 he won the Ramnath Goenka Awards, Journalist of the Year in the broadcasting category.  

Attending Session

January 26, 2020 ● 11:15 am
Haunted Hills - Udayan Mukherjee discusses his A Death In The Himalayas with mountain mystery Maestro Ruskin Bond. In conversation with Jash Sen

January 26, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Family Matters, Families Matter - Aruna Chakravarti and Udayan Mukherjee in conversation with Paroma Roy Chowdhury

January 27, 2020 ● 7:30 pm
Good Economics For Hard Times - Abhijit V. Banerjee in conversation with Udayan Mukherjee

Vaasanthi

Vaasanthi is a Tamil journalist and a writer. She got her degree in English literature and history at Mysore University and a Master’s degree at Oslo University in Norway. She served as the editor of India Today, Tamil edition for nine years.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:35 pm
Behenji, Amma, Didi - Vaasanthi, Ajoy Bose and Dola Mitra on how gender and stereotypes play out for a talismanic trio of leaders. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

Vinay Pathak

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. The comedies Khosla Ka Ghosla and Bheja Frycame his way whilehe was studying at State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 1999, he played the role of Vinny in the television series Hip Hip Hurray. He also produced the film Dasvidaniya, which told the story of a common man bidding farewell before dying. Along with good friend Ranvir Shorey, he anchored the show OYE. Together they hosted the talk show Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun? He also teamed up with his friends Ranvir, Suresh Menon, and Gaurav Gera to be a part of a gag-based show The Great Indian Comedy Show.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:30 pm
Afterwords: Nothing Like Lear - Shakespeare’s tragic king seen through the eyes of a clown. Featuring Vinay Pathak

January 24, 2020 ● 12:40 pm
King Lear in 2020 - Vinay Pathak, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Anant Mahapatra and Preti Taneja discuss Shakespeare’s tragic old king in the new millennium. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

Vineet Arora

Vineet, an aspiring filmmaker stuck in the wrong job also considers himself a Calcutta Evangelist. He thinks art is anything you can get away with. Vineet has directed and co-edited the film – If Not For You.

Attending Session

January 25, 2020 ● 5:30 pm
Bob Dylan – If Not For You - A film on Bob Dylan by Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora

January 25, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
Dylan to Beatles – Bards for a Generation - Ajoy Bose, Susmit Bose, Vu Tran, Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora in conversation with Saugata Banerji

Vu Tran

Vu Hoang Tran is a Vietnamese American writer. He was born in Saigon and he grew up in Oklahoma.  He is a criticism columnist for the Virginia Quarterly Review and is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. His first novel, Dragonfish, was a New York Times Notable Book and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year list, and he is currently working on his second novel, Intruders in Smoke. Tran’s short stories have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, A Best of Fence, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and other publications.  He has also won a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, and has been a fiction fellow at Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
Belonging Everywhere, Belonging Nowhere - Nemat Sadat, Rachel DeWoskin, Daniel Raeburn and Vu Tran on the nationless author. In conversation with Samantak Das.

January 25, 2020 ● 6:00 pm
Dylan to Beatles – Bards for a Generation - Ajoy Bose, Susmit Bose, Vu Tran, Jaimin Rajani and Vineet Arora in conversation with Saugata Banerji

Yashica Dutt

Yashica Dutt is an Indian writer and journalist, who currently lives in New York City. Yashica has written on a broad range of topics including fashion, gender, identity, culture and caste. She was previously working as a Principal Correspondent with Brunch, Hindustan Times in New Delhi.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:30 am
Coming out as Dalit - Yashica Dutt in conversation with Keshava Guha

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