Day 3 of International Festival of Books and Authors to see big names from Indian literature

Day 3 of International Festival of Books and Authors to see big names from Indian literature

  • 08 Mar 2018
  • FWD Admin
  • Features

Speakers such as M Mukundan, EP Unny, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, etc will be speaking over topics including Journalism in the times of the unfreedom of speech and expression, Digital labour – redefining the dignity of human being, How independent publishers survive, etc.

Today, Day 3 of the literary fest will witness the coming together of several intellectual minds from various spheres speaking over topics such Painting in the period of Fascism, Idea of Equality – A subaltern perspective, Malayali rooted writers carving their space in Indian English Literature, etc. Some of the prominent speakers of the day will be:


Sadanand Menon

Sadanand Menon is an Indian arts editor, cultural journalism teacher, photographer, and stage lights designer. He is also a speaker at seminars on politics, ecology, and arts. He is currently a teacher at Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, where he conducts courses on ‘Arts and Culture Journalism’ and ‘Photojournalism’. Lover of arts, he is the managing trustee of SPACES, an arts foundation in Chennai. He is a long-time collaborator with Chandralekha, a dancer, and his mentor, and is deeply involved with issues connected with the creation of contemporary Indian dance. In 1998, he curated the Retrospective Exhibition of Fifty Years of Dashrath Patel’s work in painting, ceramics, photography, and design for NGMA, Delhi, and Mumbai. While he has been keen on writing, he has contributed to various publications in the country, writing enthusiastically about politics, arts, and culture.

Today at International Festival of Books and Authors, T M Krishna will be in conversation with Sadanand Menon on the subject “Artist and Society” from 10am to 11:15am at Karoor Hall.


Vinod K Jose

Vinod Jose is a journalist, editor and a renowned Indian in the field, having founded a Malayalam publication, Free Press, a long form investigative magazine. Narrative or literary journalism being his forte, he is now the award-winning executive editor of The Caravan, a magazine on politics and culture. He has won recognition for his profiling of M Karunanidhi, Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi, among other works.

Vinod will be speaking today from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Karoor hall on the subject of journalism in the times of ‘unfreedom’of speech and expression. He will be joined by Sashi Kumar, E P Unny and Pamela Philipose on the panel.

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Susie Tharu

A veteran feminist, Susie Tharu is a well-known figure in academia, having taught at reputed institutions across India. She is Eminent Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the English and Foreign Languages Universiy, Hyderabad, and has published a number of works with her areas of interest being feminism, subaltern studies and the arts. She is also founder member of Stree Shakthi Sanghatana and Anveshi, Research Centre for Women’s Studies based in Hyderabad.

Susie will be giving a talk on, ‘The Idea of Equality – A Subaltern Perspective’ today from 2:15 to 3:30 pm at Ponkunnam hall.

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Indu Chandrasekhar

Indu Chandrasekhar is the manager and publishing editor of Tulika Books, based in New Delhi. She has been involved with the field of publishing in India since the 1980s. Having forayed into publishing with Macmillan India, she took up teaching for brief periods in Bangalore and Delhi University, before setting up Tulika Books in 1995. She is also the founding partner of Independent Publishers’ Distribution Alternatives (IPDA), an organization that promotes alternative/independent publishing in India.

Indu will be speaking on the subject of ‘How Independent Publishers Survive’ at Thakazhi Hall between 10am and 12.30pm. She will be joined by a panel of speakers including Arpita Das, N Sukumaran, Radhika Menon, Ritu Menon, and Sudhanva Deshpande

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Ritu Menon

Ritu Menon co-founded India’s first feminist publication house Kali for Women, along with feminist publisher Urvashi Butalia. After the closure of the publication house, Ritu went on to establish another feminist publication house of her own called Women Unlimited. As a writer, Ritu focuses on violence against women, religion's take on women and the gender divide across the society from a strongly feminist and left-wing perspective.

Ritu will be speaking today on the subject of ‘How Independent Publishers Survive at Thakazhi hall from 10am to 12.30pm. She will be joined by a panel of other speakers including Indu Chandrasekhar, Arpita Das, N Sukumaran, Radhika Menon, and Sudhanva Deshpande.

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan

A legendary figure in the domain of Indian cinema, Adoor Gopalakrishnan is an Indian film writer, script writer, and producer. He has won 16 National Film Awards, 17 Kerala State Film Awards and several international film awards. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shi, Padma Vibhishan, and Dada Saheb Phalke Awards. Adoor’s oeuvre includes feature films, short films, and documentaries, of which the most notable ones are those that he created on Kerala’s performing arts.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be in conversation with John Samuel, speaking on the subject of ‘Theatre and Cinema’ at Karoor hall from 4.45pm to 6pm.

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