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AKLF 2015
14 - 18 January 2015

The first major literary initiative of the year - Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival - presents its sixth edition from 14-18 January 2015, with signature events, exploring literature as part of our tangible and intangible heritage, at the city’s magnificent heritage sites, and the iconic Oxford Bookstore Kolkata.




Dec 29: Apeejay Surrendra Group and Oxford Bookstores today announced the sixth edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be hosted in Kolkata from 14th – 18th January 2015. Read more...

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AKLF 2015

Creating & Sustaining: Cultural Heritage & Contemporary India
A panel discussion on tangible & intangible heritage featuring Shashi Tharoor, Charles Allen & Jawhar Sircar. Moderated by Swapan Chakravorty. Guest of Honour Leila Seth. Commencing with a vibrant performance by traditional artistes of Manipur, choreographed by Priti Patel & presented by Anjika.

Fairy Tales at Fifty: Twists in the Tale
Launch of Fairy Tales at Fifty, Upamanyu Chatterjee’s ‘wonderfully wicked & witty’ new novel, followed by readings & a conversation with Jeet Thayil.

The Big Fat Bollywood Bubble
Tisca Chopra, author of Acting Smart in a discussion on the romance of Bollywood with Amrita Chowdhury, Publishing Director, Harlequin India, & writer Ruchir Joshi. Moderated by Nandita Palchoudhuri.
TASCHEN celebrates 125 years of National Geographic
Taschen, international publishers of art, design & photography books, celebrates 125 years of the iconic National Geographic magazine. Renowned Paris-based photographer Reza presents his award winning photography for NatGeo& will be in conversation with Neha Dara, Deputy Editor, National Geographic Traveller India. Moderated by Marc Parent, TASCHEN.
The Home & the World - Calcutta Revisited
Launch of photographer Laura McPhee’s The Home & the World – A View of Calcutta. Opening comments & moderation by Modhurima Sinha. Kalyan Ray, eminent author & academic, will release the book. Guest of Honour, Joanne Joria, Director, American Center, Kolkata. Photographs displayed courtesy INTACH.

In Search of the Indian Masterpiece
Launch of A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces edited by David Davidar, with a reading from the anthology by Shashi Tharoor, followed by a discussion with contributors Upamanyu Chatterjee, Shashi Tharoor, & Kanishk Tharoor.
Beastly Tales - Fables for Our Times
A collection of pieces by Vikram Seth & James Thurber. Motley presents a stage rendition of Vikram Seth’s poetic parables performed by Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Heeba Shah & Kenny Desai. Produced by Jairaj Patil.
Anticipating India: Issues of National Interest
Launch of senior journalist Shekhar Gupta’s Anticipating India: The Best of National Interest, a ringside view of contemporary Indian history, followed by a discussion with Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University.
Having the Last Word with Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi CBE, British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, novelist & among The Times List (2008) of ‘The 50 greatest British Writers since 1945’ interacts with Kolkata audiences after three decades. The author will be in conversation with author Jeet Thayil & Sujata Sen, Director, British Council, Eastern India.
Honour, Fidelity & the Great War
Launch of Honour & Fidelity: India's Military Contribution to the Great War 1914-18 by Captain Amarinder Singh. To commemorate the centenary of WW1, Capt. Singh, military historian, painstakingly retraces the footsteps of the Indian Battalions during the First World War. Audiovisual presentation & interaction with Sunanda K Datta-Ray, journalist & author. Chief Guest General Shankar Roychoudhury, former Chief of Army Staff, will release the book.

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