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05
Feb 2016

Why We Love Durjoy Datta

When there’s a handsome intelligent young man around, there will be admirers. And when there are admirers, there will be die-hard fans from dedicated fandoms. We spoke to two such young women who waited outside the SBI Auditorium at the Kolkata Literature Festival to catch sight of their object of adoration, the ever-charming Durjoy Datta. […]

05
Feb 2016

An Interview with Manabi Bandopadhyay, India’s First Transgender College Principal

I had the privilege of meeting the elegant and wonderfully articulate Professor Manabi Bandopadhyay for a few minutes. Here are some excerpts from the chat that followed: What are the greatest barriers in the Indian education system for transgender people? The barriers are not just in the education system. They have been discriminated against for […]

05
Feb 2016

Stri Shakti – a Mesmerising Performance by Mallika Sarabhai

Sheer perfection, is how I would describe the goosebump-inducing performance put up by dancer Mallika Sarabhai at the last session of KLF 2016 Day 2. With heart-wrenching expressions and extreme grace, she narrated stories and left the audience spellbound. She certainly struck a chord with her audience by switching between several characters within a matter of […]

05
Feb 2016

5 Books A Dancer Must Read

‘Dance’ sprouts from emotion & inspiration and a dancer’s life fly beyond the anvil of a library. There is no book in the Universe that can teach dance. To be able to dance is a sheer blessing of God! But having said that, one can always wander through the limitless realm that a book unfolds. […]

05
Feb 2016

Why Bengali Poetry Will Live Forever

How has Bengali Poetry evolved over the generations? That was the question being discussed at a chilly evening session amongst Alokranjan Dasgupta, Srijato Bandopadhyay, Subodh Sarkar, Bithi Chattopadhyay, Chaitali Chattopadhyay and Binayak Bandyopadhyay, all eminent Bengali poets. Tridib Chatterjee moderated. The session begins with the discussion of a “Future Poetry“: a poem that shows how […]

05
Feb 2016

What Does it Take to be a Woman?

Plato wrote in his “Republic”, that it’s women, who make the cosmos move. Is being a woman a long drawn battle where she has to go on fighting? How difficult is it? This and much more was discussed at the session “The War Within – Being a Woman”. The session brought together three powerful women […]

05
Feb 2016

How To Deal With the Challenges of Publishing in India

A session after my heart begins in the chilly afternoon at the SBI Auditorium in the Kolkata Book Fair: V. Karthika of HarperCollins India, Vaishali Mathur of Penguin Random House India and Bikash Niyogi of Niyogi Books debate the challenges of publishing in today’s India, moderated by Esha Chatterjee, CEO of BEE Books. “Publishing is […]

05
Feb 2016

An Ode to Womanhood

“It’s a perfect ensemble of a modern collage” – part of Bashabi Fraser’s poem “She”. Its when you have two poets with two distinctly different backgrounds up on stage, talking about a much discussed theme of motherhood, in terms of verses and poetry, you know you’ll have a session you cannot possible forget in a […]

05
Feb 2016

Inspiring A Nation’s Freedom: The Netaji Mystery

When Mr Shyam Benegal, Mr Kingshuk Nag and Dr Purabi Roy take the dais for the first session on the second day of the Kolkata Literature Festival, the mood in the tent is sombre and tense. The topic under discussion is one of great sentimental value in Kolkata. It is the issue of the death- […]

05
Feb 2016

Barun Chanda on Loving Kolkata, Ranbir & Ranveer and More

Barun Chanda, a veteran actor and author had a quick chat with Rupsha Bhadra from Kolkata Bloggers before taking part in the session ‘Kolkata- A Pleasure in Pain’. Here are some excerpts from the exclusive interview! Q. What is the one thing about Kolkata that you love most? A: I would say, any place is […]