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

3pm NGMA Library Workshop on Publishing Contracts
4pm Screening Room Manikyavelu Mansion Restoration
5pm Screening Room Inaugural: 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
730pm Auditorium Performance: Five Grains of Sugar

Saturday, Feb 11

10am NGMA Library Panel Discussion: Translations as Conversations
Giriraj Kiradoo, Lakshmi Holmstrom, Rahul Soni, Arshia Sattar, S Diwakar
1030am Library Terrace and Lawns Readings every hour on the half hour
1130am Cafetaria Performance: Trivial Disasters
1145am NGMA Library Panel: Writing About Writing
Anjum Hasan, Rahul Soni, Arul Mani, Vivek Shanbag 
2pm Cafetaria Performance: Trivial Disasters
230pm Auditorium Screening: Premier Bookshop (Film), Bendre Film
4pm Smriti Nandan Book Store opens
Performance: Trivial Disasters
415pm NGMA Library Panel: New Writing in Kannada
Vivek Shanbag, Jayant Kaikini, Raghunath, Ms Asha Devi, Manjunath
6pm Smriti Nandan Claus Ankersen Reading

Sunday, Feb 12

10am NGMA Library Panel Discussion: The Joys of Short Fiction
Jahnavi Barua, KR Usha, Shinie Anthony, Samhita Arni, Arun Kumar
1030am Library Terrace and Lawns Readings every half hour
1130am Cafetaria Performance: Trivial Disasters
1145am Cafetaria Panel: The Word and the Image
Sanjay Iyer, Christoph Storz, Jaideep Sen, Annapurna Garimela
230pm Smriti Nandan Play Readings
230pm NGMA Library Panel: What Stops us from Saying what we want to Say
Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Sushma Veerappa, Kiran Subbiah, Ashutosh Potdar
415pm Auditorium Panel: Body and Biography
Ammu Joseph, Girish Karnad, Joshua Muyiwa, Kutti Revathi
6pm Auditorium Closing Session
Girish Karnad in conversation and reading from his memoir.
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