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

Event Schedule


  • Joanne Harris
    Mani Sankar Mukherjee

    Inauguration

    by Joanne Harris and Mani Sankar Mukherjee


  • Anit Mukherjee
    Krishnan Srinivasan
    Manoj Mohanka

    The Absent Dialogue

    Anit Mukherjee and Krishnan Srinivasan on the armed forces and government. In conversation with Manoj Mohanka


  • Raghvendra Singh
    Priyadarshinee Guha

    India's Lost Frontier

    Raghvendra Singh in conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha, on t the history of North West Frontier Province


  • Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Matinee


  • Shashi Tharoor
    Sudeep Chakravarti
    Manu Pillai

    When The Lions Write-Colony in Indian Ink

    Shashi Tharoor and Sudeep Chakravarti in conversation with Manu Pillai


  • Damyanti Biswas
    Rituparna Roy
    Rajorshi Chakraborty

    She and her City

    Damyanti Biswas, Rituparna Roy and Rajorshi Chakraborti


  • Ann Cleeves
    Neha Hiranandani

    Murder Well Done

    Ann Cleeves on her recipe for creating a super sleuth. In conversation with Neha Hiranandani


  • Srijato
    Anuj Lugun
    Niranjan Iyengar

    Poetry Afternoon

    Srijato, Anuj Lugun and Niranjan Iyengar present their poems


  • Kunal Basu
    Jash Sen

    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


  • Samanth Subramaniam
    Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
    Bibek Debroy

    JBS Haldane-A Dominant Character

    Samanth Subramanian in conversation with Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Launch of A Dominant Character by Bibek Debroy


  • Barun Chanda
    Biswajit Ray

    Aami Aar Amaar Shohor

    Barun Chanda and Biswajit Ray in conversation 


  • Bibek Debroy
    Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri
    Madhuja Banerjee

    Neeti, Aneeti o Durneeti

    Bibek Debroy and Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri on reading and interpreting the Mahabharata. In conversation with Madhuja Banerjee  (Bangla Session)


  • Sharmistha Gooptu
    Kanchana Banerjee
    Sabarna Roy

    Dark Side of the Mind

    Sharmishtha Gooptu, Kanchana Banerjee and Sabarna Roy on how thrillers delve into the darker side. In conversation with Sukanya Das


  • Amitav Ghosh
    Manu Pillai

    2020 Vision: Reading and writing India

    Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Manu Pillai


  • Swapan Dasgupta

    Awakening Bharat Mata

    Swapan Dasgupta in conversation with Kunal Sarkar

  • 7:15 pm

    Kheyali Dastidar
    Sabyasachi Chakraborty
    Bratati Bandyopadhyay
    Anusha Viswanathan
    Rahul Dev Bose
    Don Ray
    Kaushiki Guha

    AFTERWORDS
    Pratyasha

    A play by Kheyali Dastidar featuring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Anusha Viswanathan, Rahul Dev Bose, Don Ray, Kaushiki Guha and Kheyali Dastidar


  • Samik Bandyopadhyay
    Aparajita Dasgupta

    Amaar Rai

    Samik Bandyopadhyay on his personal reading of Satyajit Ray. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta (Bangla Session)


  • E. P. Unny
    Rahul DaCunha
    Balaji Vittal

    An UnCommon Man

    EP Unny and Rahul DaCunha* discuss RK Laxman’s legacy on his centenary. In conversation with Balaji Vittal (Rahul DaCunha will join online)


  • Vir Sanghvi
    Ritu Dalmiya
    Mita Kapur
    Monideepa Banerjie

    The Write Recipe

    Vir Sanghvi, Ritu Dalmiya* and Mita Kapur on the joys of writing and reading food. In conversation with Monideepa Banerjie (Ritu Dalmiya will join online)


  • Javed Akhtar
    Balaji Vittal
    RJ Arvind

    Kitney Aadmi The

    Javed Akhtar and Balaji Vittal discuss Vittal’s Pure Evil and the bad men of Hindi cinema. In conversation with RJ Arvind


  • Seema Goswami

    Imagining Race Course Road

    Seema Goswami discusses her thriller series. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee


  • Usha Uthup
    Vikas Jha
    Srishti Jha
    Shantanu Datta

    Usha-The Queen of Indian Pop

    Usha Uthup speaks about her musical journey with biographer Vikas Jha and Srishti Jha. In conversation with Shantanu Datta


  • Cyrus Broacha
    Anuvab Pal

    Khela Hochchey

    Stand-up comedy by Cyrus Broacha and Anuvab Pal


  • Mridula Ramesh
    Bikram Grewal
    Labonita Ghosh

    Watershed

    Mridula Ramesh and Bikram Grewal on India’s water crisis. In conversation with Labonita Ghosh


  • Tony Joseph
    Sujaan Mukherjee

    Early Indians

    Tony Joseph on the migrations that made India. In conversation with Sujaan Mukherjee


  • Dhritiman Chaterji
    Barun Chanda
    Pradeep Mukherjee
    Riddhi Sen

    Mahanagarer Nayak

    Dhritiman Chatterjee, Barun Chanda* and Pradeep Mukherjee on debuting as protagonists in Ray’s City Trilogy. In conversation with Riddhi Sen (Barun Chanda will join online) (Bangla Session)


  • Ruskin Bond
    Rakesh Khanna
    Sandip Roy

    The Spirits of India

    Ruskin Bond* and Rakesh Khanna discuss ghosts, spirits and monsters. In conversation with Sandip Roy (Mr Bond will join online)


  • Sayandeb Chowdhury
    Amitava Nag
    Sangeeta Datta

    Bengal Cinema and the National Gaze

    Sayandeb Chowdhury, Amitava Nag discuss their biographies of Uttam Kumar and Tapan Sinha. In conversation with Sangeeta Datta


  • Amish Tripathi
    Sidharth Pansari

    The Shiva Trilogy – A Decade Later

    Amish looks back at his trailblazing start in writing. In conversation with Sidharth Pansari


  • Manu Pillai
    Priyadarshinee Guha

    The Raja Who Painted Maharajas

    Manu Pillai on the princes of India through the works of Ravi Verma. In conversation with Priyadarshinee Guha


  • Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay
    Arunava Sinha
    Khan Ruhul Rubel
    Madhuja Banerjee

    Priyo Diary

    Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay, Arunava Sinha and Khan Ruhul Rubel* on being chroniclers of a place. In conversation with Madhuja Banerjee (Khan Ruhul Rubel will join online) (Bangla Session)


  • Sukanta Chaudhuri
    Semanti Ghosh

    Bhasha Artha Satya

    Sukanta Chaudhuri discusses his new book with Semanti Ghosh (Bangla Session)


  • Bikram Grewal
    Bittu Sahgal
    Sumit Sen

    Rediscovering the Wilderness

    Bikram Grewal and Bittu Sehgal* on whether the pandemic has changed the way Indians look at nature. In conversation with Sumit Sen (Bittu Sehgal will join online)


  • Kunal Basu
    Raghu Karnad

    In An Ideal World

    Kunal Basu discusses his new book with Raghu Karnad and Malavika Banerjee


  • Pradeep Magazine
    Rahul Bhattacharya

    It Is Far More Than A Game, This Cricket

    Pradeep Magazine discusses how cricket and India have changed and remained the same over the decades. In conversation with Rahul Bhattacharya


  • Ajoy Bose

    Kalam Bioscope-The Beatles And India

    Premiere of Ajoy Bose’s Documentary


  • Manu Pillai
    Isabella Nardi
    Gianluca Rubagotti
    Sujaan Mukherjee

    Italian Brahmins to Firpos

    Manu Pillai, Isabelle Nardi and Gianluca Rubagotti on Italian footprints across India. In conversation with Sujaan Mukherjee


  • Suman Mukhopadhyay
    Kaushik Sen
    Anirban Bhattacharya

    Mancha-Chitrer Brittanto

    Suman Mukhopadhyay, Kaushik Sen, Anirban Bhattacharya and Aveek Majumder. Launch of Suman Mukhopadhyay’s book (Bangla Session)


  • Mohan Agashe
    Samik Bandyopadhyay
    Agnijit Sen

    Ray’s Way

    Mohan Agashe and Samik Bandyopadhyay on the sketches, the preparation and the methods behind Ray’s films . In conversation with Agnijit Sen


  • Hollis Coats
    Sandeep Madhavan
    Jeet Thayil

    HMT

    Hollis Coats, Sandeep Madhavan and Jeet Thayil in performance


  • Goutam Ghose
    Suman Mukhopadhyay

    Samayer Smritimala

    Screening of Goutam Ghose’s short film on the pandemic followed by a discussion with the director and Suman Mukhopadhyay (Bangla Session)

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Venue 1

East Gate Kalam Lawn, Victoria Memorial Hall

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Western Quadrangle, Victoria Memorial Hall

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Main Steps, Victoria Memorial Hall

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Skinny Mo's Jazz Club

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GD Birla Sabhaghar

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The Bengal Club

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