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When an event opens with a legend talking about art at a historic setting, it pretty much summarises what lies ahead. The fourth edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival will be full of discussions and presentations on cinema, literature, media and the arts in general.

The fest opens at the Western Quadrangle of the Victoria Memorial, with Shyam Benegal talking about a century of Indian cinema. As the audience moves through the various events, it also gets a glimpse of the city.

So there is a twilight conversation at St. John’s Church to look forward to while other events are being held at the relatively unknown Lascar Monument, the National Library, Max Mueller Bhavan, Rabindranath Tagore Centre and on the banks of the Hooghly.

Of the other events, Renu Kakkar, VP, Vice President, Apeejay Surrendra Group, says, “There’s an exhibition of so-far-unseen film posters and memorabilia from a private collection; a debate featuring avant-garde filmmaker Q, writer Ruchir Joshi, singer-songwriter Neel Adhikari; an exhibition of Somnath Hore’s works; panel discussions and book launches of Pavan Varma, Ramachandra Guha, William Dalrymple, Yasmeen Premji, Shobhaa De, Manil Suri…,”

Award-winning author Manil Suri, whose new book The City of Devi will be launched at the festival, says that he is “thrilled and honoured at this opportunity to begin my book’s journey in Kolkata, a city of such erudition and intellectual distinction.”

One notable event is the discussion on ‘Media for Change: The Asian Neighbourhood’ which will look at the impact of new age/alternative media. Well-known human rights activist and writer Premesh Chandran from Malaysia will be a part of the panel.

In an attempt to pull younger readers in, author and Justice Leila Seth anchors a discussion on ‘We the Children of India’.

The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival has partnered with the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013 to honour talented writers from South Asia.

MADHUMITHA SRINIVASAN

Kolkata Literary Festival

When:January 9 to 13, 2013

Where:Multiple locations in Kolkata

Bottomline:Discussions and presentations on cinema, literature, media and the arts in general.

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