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


  • 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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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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