Kolkata Literature Festival Inauguration Ceremony
Kolkata is literally the literary hub of the country at the moment. With three literary festivals taking part in the city in the course of two months, the book lovers in the city cannot ask for much. The second edition of the Kolkata Literature Festival was inaugurated in the presence of Shobha De, Jawhar Sircar, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Bani Basu and Sarah Rundle at the Kolkata Book Fair.
The book launch of singer-director Anindya Chatterjee also took place during the inauguration ceremony. The book Ekdin Byapi was launched by eminent writer Bani Basu. Anindya Chatterjee also regaled the audience with his performance of a song which he had written exclusively for the book fair.
Upamanyu Chatterjee while speaking on the occasion said “I am glad to be back in the intellectual capital of the country. When you look at the enthusiasm of the city, one can get the indication that one can organize five more such festivals in the city”.
Writer Shobha De who was also present at the occasion said that there was something about the city. “Kolkata is a city which will never, ever bore you. It is magnetic, energetic, electrifying and chaotic but it never bores you. I am a regular at the Book Fair and it is a real privilege to come to this Kolkata Literature Festival”.
Prasar Bharti CEO Jawhar Sircar compared Kolkata with the highly materialistic cities like Mumbai and Delhi. “Due to my work, I have stayed in places like Delhi and Mumbai and I have found to my amazement, the materialistic nature of the cities. Kolkata presents a collective statement of cultural unity which is so less in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Kolkata has an egalitarian culture which is just so attractive”.
The three-day Kolkata Literature Festival proved to be a real treat for the book lovers of the city with engaging sessions centered around eminent celebrities from various fields.