Day 2 of International Festival of Books and Authors to amp up the literary fervour

Day 2 of International Festival of Books and Authors to amp up the literary fervour

  • 07 Mar 2018
  • FWD Admin
  • Features

Speakers such as Bose Krishnamachari, Prabhat Patnaik, Usha Nangiar, etc will be speaking over topics including Philosophy, Literature and Society; Media and Journalism; Writing from the Margins, etc.

The Krithi Festival of Books and Authors, held at Bolgatty Palace, Kochi, was off to a rousing start yesterday with the regular sessions on Artist and the Society, Theatre and Cinema, India Since 1990, etc. generating interesting dialogue between the speakers and audiences. The first day of the literature fest saw interesting discussions and interactions and thought-provoking dialogue in the various chosen fields of Malayalam, Indian and World literatures.

Today, Day 2 of the literary fest will also see a number of prominent figures speaking over topics such as Indian Knowledge Heritage, Writing and Editing, Why India is Writing, etc. Some of the prominent speakers of the day will be:

NS Madhavan

Today, the second day of the literary festival shall begin with a keynote address by former IAS officer and prominent Malayalam writer N S Madhavan at the venue, Bolgatty Palace, Kochi. N S Madhavan began his award-winning career in writing as a student, during the 1970s. Since then, he has published collections of Malayalam short stories that have found widespread critical acclaim, with some critics waxing eloquent about how Madhavan was “rejuvenating” Malayalam literature.

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Eduardo Rabasa

Today at 10 am, Eduardo Rabasa will lead a discussion on contemporary Mexican literature. He is founding editorial director of Sexto Piso, an independent publishing house in Mexico, which he co-founded with his brother, Diego Rabasa. Eduardo is author of A Zero-Sum Game, translated into English by Christina MacSweeney, and Cinta Negra. He also writes a weekly column for national newspaper, Milenio, and has translated works by authors like Morris Berman, George Orwell and William Somerset Maugham. He studied political science at the National University of Mexico, focusing on the concept of power in the literary works of George Orwell, echoes of which can be found in his debut novel.

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Kiran Nagarkar

Today, in the Thakazhi Hall at Bolgatty Palace, the venue for the literary festival, a session on Indian Literature will be held at 11:15 am. Renowned bilingual author and playwright, Kiran Nagarkar, will lead the session, in conversation with Anand Neelakantan. A prominent figure in the field of postcolonial Indian literature, Nagarkar first gained fame for his Marathi novel, Saat Sakkam Trechalis (tr. Seven Sixes Are Forty Three), which has since become a landmark in Marathi literature. Perhaps his most famous work is Cuckold, a story about Bhoj Raj, husband to mystic Meerabai, which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001. His other works include Ravan and Eddie, The Extras, God’s Little Soldier, Jasoda and plays, 1978 Bedtime Story, The Broken Circle, and Black Tulip. He has also received the Iron Cross, the highest civilian honour accorded by the German government.

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Anand Neelakantan

Known for his retelling of the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, Anand Neelakantan revels in bringing out the lesser known stories of the conventional anti-heroes in Indian mythology. His books Asura, Ajaya: Roll of the Dice, Age of Kali, etc have been appreciated for being the voice of the vanquished. He is currently writing the book versions of the Baahubali series.

Anand Neelakantan will be speaking with Kiran Nagarkar on Indian Literature at Thakazhi hall between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

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Bijibal Maniyil is a National Award-winning Indian composer and playback singer in the Malayalam film industry. He started his career as a composer in 2007 with the film Arabikatha. He won the National Film Award for Best Background Score in 2013 for the film Kaliyachan. Apart from his award winning contribution to the Malayalam film industry, he has done several non- film Malayalam albums, including Vasco Da Gama.

Apart from winning one of the most precious awards for his contribution in the field of music for Malayalam film industry, he has also won several other awards including four Kerala State Film Awards, South Indian International Movie Awards and North American Film Awards.

He will be speaking with TM Krishna on the subject of Artist and Society at Karoor hall between 10am and 11.15am.

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T M Krishna

One of the prominent names in the South Indian Carnatic music scene, T M Krishna was born into the family of music lovers. While is he one of the most celebrated Carnatic vocalist, he has contributed to the literary world through his writings in various publications on the subjects of society, culture, politics, religion and music. He also authored a book ‘A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story’ in 2013, which talks about the philosophy, aesthetics, sociology and history of Carnatic music.

In the early 2017, T M Krishna, along with environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman initiated ‘Chennai Poromboke Paadal’, highlighting the environmental damage done to the Ennore Creek by the power plant in that region. Upon the release of the song, it went on to trend on YouTube India for a week, becoming the first Carnatic song to trend on YouTube. T M Krishna will be in conversation with Bijibal, speaking on the subject ‘Artist and Society’.

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George Mathen, better known through his pen name Appupen, is a visual artist and comic creator. His works Legends of Halahala and Moonward shot him to the echelons of Indian graphic artists in the literary domain. His work was also exhibited at the Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2014. The artist gave himself the moniker based on the Malayalam words ‘appupan’ meaning ‘old man’, attributing it to the figure of the person who is characteristically known to narrate stories. He is now among the most prominent graphic novelists in the country.

He will be speaking on the subject of ‘Dissent and Satire Without Words’ at Thakazhi hall today from 2.15pm to 3.30pm. Accompanying him on the panel of discussion will be fellow graphic artists Arpita Das, E P Unni, Priya Kurien, and Vidyun Sabhaney.

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