Kolkata Literature Festival 2022 - Songoti

Kolkata Literature Festival 2022

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Songoti, kolkata : Over two power-packed days, the festival will celebrate art in all its forms, bringing together some of the best minds from diverse walks of life to explore literature, cinema, mythology, history, current affairs and politics. Embracing a hybrid format, all in-person sessions will be streamed live on the Kolkata Literature Festival Facebook page, YouTube channel and the Kolkata Book Fair website. Inaugurated by eminent Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, the festival will be graced by several distinguished speakers, including an inaugural address by film-maker Suman Ghosh, a keynote address on thoughts, language and books by scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and the annual Jit Paul Memorial Lecture by historian-author Rudrangshu Mukherjee. 2021 and 2022: Landmark Years From commemorating 150 years of Sri Aurobindo and Abanindranath Tagore to delving into the state of the nation in its 75th year of Independence, KLF intends to make this an edition to remember. Mamata Shankar, Suman Ghosh and on-screen Feluda Sabyasachi Chakrabarty will celebrate master auteur Satyajit Ray on the occasion of his birth centenary in the inaugural session of KLF 2022 on Friday, at 3pm. Like its earlier editions, the festival also promises a special Bangla


 session—a discourse on Bengali literature with poet-lyricist Srijato and bestselling authors, Pracheta Gupta, Himadri Kishore Dasgupta and Debarati Mukhopadhyay. Author-mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik will decode the interrelation of myth, mudras and the modern times with dancer Shinjini Kulkarni. Some of the best educators and children’s writers from across the country will examine the impact of the pandemic on reading and schooling. Sugata Bose, Sumantra Bose, Jayanta Sengupta, Shuvaprasanna, R. Siva Kumar, Nirbed Ray and Sasthipada Chattopadhyay are a few of the other renowned speakers and thought leaders who will be a part of this two-day literary festival. On KLF The Kolkata Literature Festival has been at the forefront of celebrating the city’s rich literary and cultural heritage for almost a decade now. While the 2019 edition of the festival witnessed the attendance of over 65 writers, both established and new, from nine countries including India, the 2020 edition – the last before the lockdown – saw the participation of eminent personalities like Shashi Tharoor and a keynote address delivered by the late Soumitra Chatterjee. KLF is organised as part of the Kolkata International Book Fair, which has, over the years, attracted almost 2.4 million visitors. On the occasion, Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey, President, Publishers and Booksellers Guild, said, “It is our privilege to invite everyone to the 8th edition of the Kolkata Literature Festival, which will be held on March 11 and 12, 2022, within the Book Fair premises. We all missed coming to the Book Fair and Kolkata Literature Festival in 2021. But now we are back, and we are looking forward to two full days of engaging discussions on literature, art, cinema and more at Kolkata Literature Festival.” Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, Honorary General Secretary, Publishers and Booksellers Guild, too, expressed happiness at the return of Kolkata Literature Festival. “It is a great joy to be back at the Book Fair and to organise the Kolkata Literature Festival. For those who cannot come to the Central Park Mela Grounds in Salt Lake in person, we have made all arrangements for the festival to be streamed live across multiple platforms. I look forward to meeting literature enthusiasts both in-person, and online.” Sujata Sen, Director, Kolkata Literature Festival, said, “The forced isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic made many of us turn to books and the arts for solace. It gives me immense happiness to be back at the Book Fair grounds in person to celebrate books and culture with everyone. We have a very interesting line-up of sessions over two days, with eminent speakers and bestselling writers. Do come and participate with your friends and family, and those who are far away, do tune in virtually.” Raju Barman, Joint Secretary, Publishers and Booksellers Guild, said, “Every year, booklovers eagerly wait for Kolkata Literature Festival to meet their favourite writers and listen to some brilliant speakers. This year too, they can look forward to two days of thought-provoking sessions and a celebration of literature, art, music and much more.”

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