Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018 commences

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; text-align: justify;”> The award-winning international filmmaker Mira Nair who brings to screen the extraordinary stories of human life in all its diversity opened theApeejay Kolkata Literary Festival today. Nair was joined by author Priti Paul, Director of nearly 108 year-old Apeejay Surrendra Group & the inspiration behind Oxford Bookstores and Festival Directors Maina Bhagat and Anjum Katyal who inaugurated the festival by lighting the lamp.

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; text-align: justify;”>Nair’s films have brought truth to life, be it Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay, The Namesake, the Reluctant Fundamentalist or The Queen of Katwe. The latter is the story of aUgandan girl living in a slum who taught herself Chess and becomes the Woman Candidate Master after her victories at the World Chess Olympiads. The entire spectrum of Mira Nair’s body of work was discussed, with various interesting anecdotes, thrown in. The conversation with her was skillfully steered by Chandrahas, with depth and humour.

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; text-align: justify;”>‘The nation stands at the edge of a cusp in its 70th year’, said Maina Bhagat as she lit the lamp to inaugurate the Festival. Oxford Bookstore has nurtured new ideas and new talent for nearly a century and as the fountainhead of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, India’s only festival created by a bookstore bringsspeakers from Australia, UK, Scotland, France, Germany, Haiti and more to join eminent novelists, filmmakers, artists, poets, and social commentators for marque sessions on literature, arts and current affairs in its ninth edition.

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; text-align: justify;”>Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018 is woven around the main theme – India@70 – with key sessions emerging from this theme, said Anjum Katyal saying that the attendees can look forward to spirited sessions in AKLF that brings together diverse literary, artistic forms and a celebration of Indian and global literature.

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; text-align: justify;”>AKLF will be hosting conversations from Jan 11th – Jan 14th in its main venue in St Paul’s Cathedral Lawns as well as hold cultural evenings at heritage venues like the Tollygunge Club, Harrington Street Art Centre, GoetheInstitut. Mira Nair, Ashis Nandy, Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj, Soha Ali Khan, Soumitra Chatterjee, Nayantara Sahgal, Shobhaa De, Rashmi Bansal, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aparna Sen, Srijato, ArindamSil, Arundhati Ghosh, Abir Mukherjee, Kiran Nagarkar, Robert Dessaix, Sagar Daryani, Kishwar Desai, BittuSahgal, Boria Majumdar, Dev n Nil, Jayant Kripalani, Pramod Kapoor,H.E Ms Harinder Sidhu Harinder Sidhu, Justice Mukul Mudgal, Chandrahas Choudhury, Harsh Neotia, Karthika VK, Urvashi Butalia, Usha Uthup, Victor Banerjee, Vidya Rao, Kabir Suman, Kalyan Ray, Dolly Basu, Mark Tully, Meghnad Desai, Sanjay Kak, Namita Gokhale, Salil Tripathi and others will be attending the 2018 edition. The closing session of AKLF will be held in the ramparts of the Indian Museum.

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; text-align: justify;”>Hosted within AKLF, Oxford Junior Literary Festival – the city’s first children’s literary festival – was inaugurated earlier today, Plug-in was inaugurated in the evening and Poetry Café is all set to kick start tomorrow on Jan 12th – all three initiatives for children, young readers and youth held at AKLF and curated by Oxford Bookstores. In 2018, AKLF is collaborating with two leading international festivals – Edinburgh International Book Festival and Henley Literary Festival andBonjour India, the prestigious French initiative across Literature and the Arts and reaffirming its deep association with the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival through the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize

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