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Culturally among the richest states of India, Odisha has always been at the forefront of iconic works of Indian literature, from Jaydev’s Gita Govinda, to Sarala Das’ Mahabharata, to the path-breaking works of poets such as Sitakant Mahapatra...

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January 11-13, 2018 Trident Hotel, Bhubaneswar

Supported By rs axis
  • January 11
  • January 12
  • January 13
  • Afterwords

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January 11, 2018 thursday
4.00 pm Inauguration Ruskin Bond and Manoj Das
4.30 pm A Life In Writing Manoj Das speaks on tracing seven decades of a nation through his writings
5.30 pm Chronicling India, Imagining India Mark Tully and Ruskin Bond in conversation with Subroto Bagchi
6.45 pm Last Mughal Readings by William Dalrymple, with Vidya Shah on vocals

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January 12, 2018 Friday
10.15 am Ask Manoj Das Children throw questions at a writer an entire generation has grown up with
11.15 am The Storyteller Across Generations Ruskin Bond on writing for children across five decades. In conversation with Panchami Ukil
12.15 pm Poetry Connections Nia Davies and Mamta Sagar on whether children across the world have the same dreams
2.00 pm Short Film Matinee Screening of Anukul, Juice and Chhuri
3.20 pm Imperfect, Tense Kiran Nagarkar and Prayaag Akbar on dystopias current and future. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee
4.10 pm In the Multilingual Life, it is Always the Mother Tongue that Gets Compromised DP Pattanayak, Panchanan Mohanty and Tanaya Patnaik in conversation with Debasis Panigrahi
5.00 pm The Writing Gene Prativa Satpathy and Paramita Satpathy on inheritances and influences. In conversation with Anant Mahapatra
5.50 pm Readings by Anant Mahapatra

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January 13, 2018 Saturday
10.45 am Countdown to 2019 Will the economy make or break the next election? P Chidambaram in conversation with Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Barkha Dutt
11.45 am Manto the Writer, his Legend and the Film Nandita Das on her forthcoming biopic. In conversation with Tanaya Patnaik
12.45 pm Liberation Through Sita Volga, Anita Ratnam and Samhita Arni on Sita’s fate and its impact on Indian women. In conversation with Jayshree Misra Tripathi
2.15 pm Short Film Matinee Screening of Chutney, followed by a discussion on the growth of the genre
3.30 pm Temple Thrillers and Mahabharata Murders Ravi Subramanian and Arnab Ray discuss their new thrillers with Yajnaseni Chakraborty
4.20 pm The Large Presence of the Short Story in Odia Literature Ramachandra Behra and Gourhari Das in conversation with Jatindra Nayak
5.20 pm TV’s Political Warriors Pinaki Misra, Sambit Patra, and Manish Tewari in conversation with Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Barkha Dutt
6.30 pm Afterwords A Million Sitas, performance by Anita Ratnam

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6.45 pm
Thursday, January 11
THE LAST MUGHAL (William Dalrymple and Vidya Shah) Enter a world of music and poetry with The Last Mughal, a performance that takes us back to an era of matchless splendour – the period of the last Mughals. Based on the book by William Dalrymple, he and vocalist Vidya Shah bring to life a world of emperors, poets, courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love through words and music. This evocative performance features readings by Dalrymple from his book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 with the vocals by Vidya highlighting the poignant and robust folk poetry of the time and ghazals of the Mughal court.
6.45 pm
Saturday, January 13
A MILLION SITAS (Anita Ratnam) Anita Ratnam and troupe perform their acclaimed production that chronicles a woman’s telling of the two great Indian epics. Sita is the central figure and link in this production, which features four other pivotal female characters from the Ramayana — Ahalya, Manthara, Surpanakha and Mandodari, and shows how Sita connected with them. Anita uses every weapon in her creative arsenal — voice, movement, song, dance, theatrical improvisations and story-telling — to illuminate the character of Sita, her many avatars, and the many lines she needs to cross to finally become everywoman and yet remain her true self. Admired, adored, pitied, Sita is the four letter word that shadows every Indian woman even today.