Fascinating anecdotes and non-fiction stand out on the third and final day of the 13th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2022
Kolkata, January 24, 2022: the 13the The edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival concluded with a cocktail of short stories, poetry, history and malaise with a touch of cinema. From exciting legends of the past told in quartets to the tradition of women’s diminished roles; from the struggles of India’s eastern threshold to the colorful conversation of Bollywood; poetry arose from autobiographical experiences and memories of struggle; the third day I had it all.
AKLF2022 marked the start of the centenary year celebrations for the iconic Oxford bookstores. The three-day literary extravaganza saw a guest list of over 50 Bollywood authors, journalists, influencers, thinkers, poets, international bestselling writers and actors. AKLF2022 focused on topics such as fiction, non-fiction, gastronomy, mental and physical health, poetry, politics, current affairs, parenting, adult literature, and others, through a total of 24 interactive sessions on the virtual platform distributed over three days.
On the third day we witnessed sessions like “Sincere and convincing: stories I must tell” with kabir bedi in conversation with adwaita kala; “Famous dads, Bollywood and more“with Tusshar Kapoor Y Jugal Hansrah; The other language: the future of translation withirene friar Y arunava Sinha.
The other language: the future of translationwith irene friar Y Arunava Sinha in conversation with Dr. Christine Cornet presented an image of the work translated in India. Irène Frain, who connected from France, said: “Educational standards are different in different countries. It is the result of different cultures and thoughts. So I have come to think of each language as a home. The work of a translator is not only technical.
Arunava mentioned, “Translation is both a job and an art. It is certainly an art, a science and a bit like architecture with the confluence of science in art. I think the basis of translation is reading and listening. You have to read very sensitively. You probably have to know the text more closely than the author.” “Every Indian is a translator. We are always moving between languages. There is no formal awareness that we are doing it”, he added.
To create an enchanting atmosphere in the evening, the festival organized a session in which they discussed Love, poetry and hope with a panel of prominent poets and authors such as Karuna Ezara Parikh, Saikat Majumdar Y Vivian Marwaha in conversation with Milan Vohra. The panel discussed writing on love, romance sagas, marriages, and mentorship.
Famous dads, Bollywood and more It was a candid conversation with the actor, director, screenwriter and author Jugal Hansrah who recently released his new book The coward and the sword that it is a fairy tale with a message; and actor, producer Tusshar Kapoor who made his debut as an author with his book single father in conversation with journalist-author Nandini Sengupta.
Tusshar Kapoor shared his experiences of fatherhood, as a single father and the inspiration to write his personal experiences. “My book is a story about the fact that there are all kinds of families,” he added that the idea behind the book was to say that regardless of what a family looks like, we are normal and feel a sense of belonging and unconditional love. Co-panelist, Jugal Hansrah saying, “My son was the inspiration for me to write this book. I wanted to leave a positive message for him and for all the young readers.” He then added the idea for the book, which grew out of a 13th-century quote. “A sword is useless in the hands of a Coward.”
During the last and long-awaited session of AKLF 2022, kabir bedi in conversation with adwaita kala about “Candid and Convincing: Stories I Must Tell” Kabir Bedi spoke about his autobiography Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor. “I never considered myself a professional actor” he said as he recalled his college life. “I turned professional when I did a play called Tughlaq.” The session also discussed his experience in Bollywood as an actor and how social media can enhance our views, spread our views and also open us up to criticism.
In his final comments Festival Director, Mrs. Maina Bhagat saying “As AKLF 2022 wraps up tonight, after 3 packed days of various virtual sessions. We feel a sense of pride, of accomplishment. We firmly believe that it was imperative to create this virtual platform, at this time, in which literature and the arts can shine… without interruption, in any possible format and without delay. We are aware that the unique atmosphere created by audience interactions with speakers is lost on a computer screen. Yet while the connections that bind literary communities together may be largely digital in the future, that doesn’t make them any less important. We look forward to welcoming our audience to our Heritage Oxford Bookshop in the coming months, in celebration of its centenary.”
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