Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lekhana: A Literary Weekend

Via Reading Hour (via Aravinda Anantharaman)

To celebrate Bangalore's literary cultures, Toto Funds the Arts (which supports and rewards creative writing, photography and music among young people), Sangam House (an international writers' residency program), Desha Kaala (a journal for arts and letters in Kannada) and Reading Hour have come together to organise a literary weekend in Februrary. The city's literary riches have yet to be show-cased in a single multi-lingual event and so, we plan to bring together writers in many languages as well as their pluralistic audiences over a three-day period of readings, discussions and small performances.

We are committed to bringing together the diverse literary worlds that the city holds within itself, worlds that rarely have a chance to interact with each other.

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), which is housed in Manikyavelu Mansion, a refurbished heritage building, will be the primary venue for the literary sessions. Readings will be on the shady library terrace as well as in other open spaces around the NGMA compound.

We will also be using the Smriti Nandan auditorium across the street from NGMA for niche events and for Sankar's, the book store for Lekhana.

All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. We look forward to having you with us over the weekend of February 10-12.

Friday, Feb 10
3pmNGMA LibraryWorkshop on Publishing Contracts
4pmScreening RoomManikyavelu Mansion Restoration
5pmScreening RoomInaugural: Readings by Sahitya Akademi Winners
Gopalkrishna Pai, Khaleel-ur-Rehman
Panel Discussion: The City in Literature
MK Raghavendra, Anjum Hasan, Zac O Yeah, KR Usha, Saniya
730pmAuditoriumPerformance: Five Grains of Sugar

Saturday, Feb 11
10amNGMA LibraryPanel Discussion: Translations as Conversations
Giriraj Kiradoo, Lakshmi Holmstrom, Rahul Soni, Arshia Sattar, S Diwakar
1030amLibrary Terrace and LawnsReadings every hour on the half hour
1130amCafetariaPerformance: Trivial Disasters
1145amNGMA LibraryPanel: Writing About Writing
Anjum Hasan, Rahul Soni, Arul Mani, Vivek Shanbag 
2pmCafetariaPerformance: Trivial Disasters
230pmAuditoriumScreening: Premier Bookshop (Film), Bendre Film
4pmSmriti NandanBook Store opens
Performance: Trivial Disasters
415pmNGMA LibraryPanel: New Writing in Kannada
Vivek Shanbag, Jayant Kaikini, Raghunath, Ms Asha Devi, Manjunath
6pmSmriti NandanClaus Ankersen Reading

Sunday, Feb 12
10amNGMA LibraryPanel Discussion: The Joys of Short Fiction
Jahnavi Barua, KR Usha, Shinie Anthony, Samhita Arni, Arun Kumar
1030amLibrary Terrace and LawnsReadings every half hour
1130amCafetariaPerformance: Trivial Disasters
1145amCafetariaPanel: The Word and the Image
Sanjay Iyer, Christoph Storz, Jaideep Sen, Annapurna Garimela
230pmSmriti NandanPlay Readings
230pmNGMA LibraryPanel: What Stops us from Saying what we want to Say
Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Sushma Veerappa, Kiran Subbiah, Ashutosh Potdar
415pmAuditoriumPanel: Body and Biography
Ammu Joseph, Girish Karnad, Joshua Muyiwa, Kutti Revathi
6pmAuditoriumClosing Session
Girish Karnad in conversation and reading from his memoir.
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