By Bhagyasree:-Budding poets and musicians of Kolkata from different colleges, schools as well as working professionals congregated today at Oxford Bookstore to welcome the New Year with a special contest themed – “Will there be singing in the dark times?”The contestant ranged from as young as school students from secondary school to office-goers who came to showcase their passion.
The young talent of the city are set to walk away with exceptional prizes. The top 2 singers may bag a recording deal with a music label and the best poetry performers will AKLF 2018 alongside established poets. The compositions in English, Hindi and Bengali by performers were judged by the members of the iconic Bengali band Cactus who will be performing at Plug-In hosted at AKLF 2018. Oxford was abuzz as the impressed judges and the contestants sang popular numbers firing up the large assembly of city’s youth at bookstore.
Plug-in, curated by Oxford Bookstore in 2017 brought together the two worlds of literature and music on one stage created for it at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017. Graced by Underground Authority, the Ritornellos, No Strings Attached and many more in its first year, its upcoming second year Plug-in will be held across 4 days with the hottest musical acts in the city which includes the likes of Kendraka, Cactus, Nikita Gandhi and Teri Miko.
Poetry Café curated by Oxford Bookstore in 2016 promotes love and respect for poetry and provide a platform for aspiring writers with a Literary festival curated by Oxford Bookstores – the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. A special space with informal ambience that encourages face to face interactions between established and aspiring poets has featured Ben Okri, Bashobi Fraser, Andy Corner, Neal Hall, Anjum Hasan, Anita Nair, Jerry Pinto, Sankho Ghosh, Bina Sarkar Elias, Kalyan Ray, Aparna Sen, Debasish Lahiri, Anjana Basu, AvikChanda, and many younger poets of the city writing in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and English in the last two editions in 2016, 2017. In 2018, Poetry Café will be held across 3 days at St. Paul’s Cathedral Lawns with Tishani Doshi, Sudeep Sen, Sampurna Chattarji, Jerry Pinto, C. P. Surendran, and international poets James Noel and Makenzy Orcel from Haiti and Nalini Paul from the UK. City poets will read works in several languages.
About Oxford Bookstores:
Established in 1919, Oxford Bookstore is the best equipped ‘base-camp’ for journeys of the mind offering its customers the widest range of outstanding titles and consistently courteous and informed service for close to a century. Today, with stores in major metros, India’s first of its kind tea boutique, Cha Bar, India’s only literary festival created by a bookstore, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Oxford Bookstore offers booklovers access to the very best in publishing enhanced by a variety of events which salute books, visual & performing arts and celebrate the word. Oxford Bookstore measures its success by the smiles on millions of happy customers that the brand has served over the last nearly 100 years. There are a few treats as sumptuous as a visit to Oxford Bookstore in India. Each time you walk into our iconic store in Kolkata where the brand started in 1919, its charm leaves you wanting for more. Our fleet of happy to help expert booksellers and informed hosts work day and night to bring to customers world class reading experience be it through our books or our fine teas and live by the brand’s motto – Much more than a bookstore – at every Bookstore.