Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017 which took place recently featured authors, film makers, poets and others. The participation was not only limited to the national level but many international speakers also graced this literary event.
Some of the eminent personalities who took part in AKLF 2017 include Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Shobhaa De, Devdutt Pattanaik, Amit Chaudhuri, Nayantara Sahgal, Kunal Basu and others.
The festival commemorated late writer and activist Mahasweta Devi with a documentary film screening Talking Writing: Four Conversations with Mahasweta Devi directed by Pushan Kripalani.
Film makers Q, Ashok Vishwanathan, Ranjan Palit gave away the prizes of the short film festival at the event.
AKLF 2017 was a grand celebration of literature for sure!!
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017 was announced with a Heritage Tour on the river Ganges. The Directors of the Festival namely Maina Bhagat and Anjum Katyal announced the festival at the event.
This is the eighth edition of the festival. The festival will be held at the Oxford Bookstore and at St.Paul’s Cathedral. The closing ceremony will be held at St. John’s Church.
The key highlights of the event are- announcement of the two day Oxford Junior Literary Festival and AKLF and UNICEF collaboration for UNICEF@70 global campaign, celebration of Bob Dylan’s winning Noble Prize in literature, book launches of ANCDesi by Priti Paul and Horse racing in India- a royal legacy by Lynn Deas, 3day poetry café, short film festival with Ilead, Kolkata Photo Festival 2017 and others.
Some of the eminent personalities who will be part of AKLF 2017 include names like Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Shobhaa De, Devdutt Pattanaik, Amit Chaudhuri, Nayantara Sahgal, Kunal Basu and others.
The festival will commemorate late writer and activist Mahasweta Devi with a documentary film screening Talking Writing: Four Conversations with Mahasweta Devi directed by Pushan Kripalani.
The four day long festival therefore has content and events for every age group!!
50th edition of PK De Sarkar’s legendary English grammar book was launched at an event held recently. Amit Chaudhuri, Sandip Ray, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Pabitra Kumar De Sarkar, Biplab Bhowal and Prof Subir Chowdhury graced the occasion of the book launch.
The first edition of the book titled A text book of higher English grammar, composition and translation was first published in 1926 by Saraswati Press with P Ghosh & Co as publishers. The 41st edition of the book was published in 1973 and the 42nd edition was published in 1985.
PK De Sarkar completed his graduation from Calcutta University. He got the job at Martin & Company but left it soon as he was not allowed to enter the library which was only allowed for the British. With this in mind, he developed this grammar book to help the Indian students in getting to understand this foreign language better.
In this new edition, many new changes have been incorporated as many changes have been happening in the English language mainly in the usage.
The book is available at all book stores. Grab your copy now!!
Eminent writer Amit Chaudhuri released the book The Firebird at the South City Mall outlet of Starmark recently. The book has been penned down by Saikat Majumdar.
The book The Firebird is about ten year old Ori. For Ori, his mother’s life as a theatre actress holds as much fascination as it does fear. Approaching adolescence in an unstable home, he is haunted by her nightly stage appearances, and the suspicion and resentment her profession evokes in people around her, at home and among their neighbors. Ori is increasingly consumed by an obsessive hatred of the stage and is also irrevocably drawn into a pattern of behavior that can only have catastrophic consequences. Political, bullies, actors and actresses, hairdressers, set boys and backstage crew make up the world of The Firebird, a realistic exploration of a young boy stumbling into adult hood, far ahead of his years.
Saikat Majumdar teaches world literature at Stanford University. He grew up in Calcutta and graduated from St. Xavier’s College and Jadavpur University and received his doctorate in literature from Rutgers University. A novelist and critic, he is the author of three books and a wide range of essays and articles published in academic and mainstream venues. His novel, Silverfish was published in 2007 by HarperCollins to wide critical acclaim. His new novel, The Firebird has been excerpted in The Kenyon Review and World Literature Today. Saikat is currently working on a book titled The Amateur, a study of the literary public intellectual from the global British Empire as an amateur and autodidactic figure.
After the launch, the author, Saikat Majumdar engaged in a candid conversation with award-winning lyricist and writer Chandril, scholar Rosinka Chaudhuri, writer-editor Anjum Katyal on various aspects of his book. Reputed theatre personality Sohini Sengupta read excerpts from the book and kept the audiences entertained.