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Curtain Raised of 14th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival


News Desk, News Nation 360 : At the century-old Oxford Bookstore on Park Street, Kolkata, the curtain raiser of the eagerly anticipated fourteenth edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) was hosted today with a dialogue between author and politician Shashi Tharoor and historian and author Rudrangshu Mukherjee. For its 14 edition, the festival will feature a prestigious list of speakers, authors, and humanitarians from diverse fields of non-fiction, fiction, history, wellness to mental health, mythology, food, dance, history, art, and culture, translations, poetry and music, language, on the grounds of Indian Museum. The Pulitzer Prize-winning iconic


writer Alice Walker will be among over 100 speakers at AKLF. The illustrious list of speakers also includes filmmakers Onir and Muzaffar Ali, Actress, director, and writer Deepti Naval, Poet Jerry Pinto, poet Jeet Thayil, Journalist, author, and columnist Vir Sanghvi, Author Shobhaa De, Author, academician, and museum curator Dr Alka Pande, Dancer Mallika Sarabhai, Author Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan, Author and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, Actors Divya Dutta and Arunoday Singh, author Durjoy Datta, Journalist and columnist Bachi Karkaria, Translator Arunava Sinha, Author Anuja

Chauhan, social activist and writer Syeda Hameed, Chef and author Karen Anand, French dancer and choreographer Annette Leday: German writer Christopher Kloeble, Australian author John Zubrzycki, Singer Usha Uthup author and professor Dr. Kunal Basu, Journalist and author Seema Goswami, Speaker and writer Jawhar Sircar, architect and designer Dikshu Kukreja, Member Governing Council and State Covnenor, INTACH, GM Kapur, translator Arshia Sattar, Journalist and author Sandip Roy, Writer Aparna Piramal Raje, Actor Dhritiman Chaterji, Journalist Monideepa Banerjie, Writer, filmmaker, and musician Sangeeta Datta, Author and columnist Nilanjana S. Roy, Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and author Sohini Roychowdhury: film director Suman Mukhopadhyay, Author Supriya Newar, writer, publisher and activist Urvashi Butalia, Celebrity chef Shaun Kenworthy to name a few. Anjum Katyal, Director of the 14th AKLF said that a stimulating conversation between two prominent thinkers of the country, starting with reminiscences and personal experiences of Oxford Bookstore as they celebrate its 100 years, is the best kind of curtain raiser for AKLF. This is just a taste of what lies in store, as they welcome everyone to AKLF at the Indian Museum from 12-15 January.

Pic : Krishnendu Kundu

Report : Anustup Kundu

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