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How to Perform A Story

Giles Abbott, a blind storyteller from UK stunned the audience with stories of different kinds which had some connect to literature. He started storytelling professionally when he almost lost his eyesight and since then, its been quite a journey. Organised by British Council, the session was different from what one usually experiences at literary meets […]

How to Spin a Yarn in Today’s India

Hoots of appreciation echo from the buzzing crowd as Durjoy Datta, Sumrit Shahi, Novoneel Chakraborty and Preeti Shenoy take the stage. Four of India’s most successful young authors settle down to discuss the challenges of storytelling in today’s India. Moderator Amrita Mukherjee opens the discussion by asking the writers about their most moving fan experiences. While Preeti […]

Voices, Rhetoric, Discourse, Dialogue and the Need to Listen

When does an active, engaged discussion become mere words with a lot of sound and no meaning? Vikram Sampath, Haji Syed Salman Chishti and P Sivakami explored this tricky issue in an enthusiastic session named The Need For Dialogue: Discussion v/s Rhetoric that combined Haji Syed Salman Chishti’s unique Sufism-inspired worldview with Vikram Sampat’s poignant […]

How Tolerant Is Modern India?

That is the question in the air at the inaugural session of the Kolkata Literature Fest 2016. The speakers include Ashok Vajpeyi, the noted poet and cultural commentator, and political scientist Tridip Suhrud with his vast store of knowledge on Gandhian ideologies. Famed Bengali writer Sanjib Chattapadhyay weighs in with his expertise as well. Kavita […]

The extra screen at Kolkata Book Fair.

Friends, We’ve set up a 8 feet by 10 feet LED screen in front of Hall 3 gate 1. We plan to showcase information regarding upcoming sessions and a. All the live Twitter updates using the hashtag #boimela, updates from the Twitter account of @Kolkataboimela. b. Photographs shared with us over Instagram using #boimela. c. Facebook […]