Schedule 2015

  • January 16
  • January 17
  • January 18

9.40-9.55
Inauguration
10.00-10.50
Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton in conversation with Parvathi Nayar
10.55-11.40
A Reflection on Life, Literature and Politics: Nayantara Sahgal and Ritu Menon in conversation with Geeta Doctor
11.40-11.55
BREAK
11.55-12.40
The First Firangis: Remarkable Stories of Heroes, Healers, Charlatans, Courtesans and Other Foreigners who became Indian An illustrated talk by Jonathan Gil Harris. Introduced by Swati Daftuar
12.45-1.30
Feminine Form: Site of Violence Ammu Joseph, Prabha Sridevan, Ramesh Gopalakrishnan and U. Vasuki
1.30-2.10
BREAK
2.10-3.10
Good Governance: Vinod Rai, Rajdeep Sardesai and Sanjaya Baru
in conversation with Sashi Kumar
3.15-4.15
The Birth of Modern China: An illustrated talk by Jung Chang
Introduced by Vaishna Roy
4.20-4.35
BREAK
4.35-5.20
Distant Neighbours: Our volatile relationship with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Salil Tripathi and Samanth Subramanian in conversation with Nirupama Subramanian
5.25-6.10
Speaking Songs: T.V. Gopalakrishnan and Prince Rama Varma
6.15-7.15
Half Girlfriend: Chetan Bhagat in conversation with Karthik Kumar

THE HINDU PAVILION

10.55-11.40
Song and Dance of The City: My Village – A. Srivathsan, M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, Rohan Shivkumar
11.55-12.55
Free Speech in Peril: The Issues at Stake – N. Ram, Justice K. Chandru, Sashi Kumar. Moderated by A.R. Venkatachalapathy
2.30-3.15
What Coloured The Line: A Discussion on Visual Art – Rm Palaniappan, M. Trotsky Marudu, K. Muralidharan
3.35-4.20
Art of the Tale – Manjula Padmanabhan, Janice Pariat and Nina McConigley in conversation with V.K. Karthika
5.15-6.00
From Tagore to Thaoor: A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces David Davidar in conversation with Parvathi Nayar.
Reading of excerpts by Sarvesh Sridhar from R.K. Narayan’s Horse and Two Goats

WORKSHOPS

2.00-4.00
World Words: A Workshop on Translation by Mini Krishnan
2.30-3.15
What Coloured The Line: A Discussion on Visual Art – Rm Palaniappan, M. Trotsky Marudu, K. Muralidharan
2.00-4.00 pm
Dermocracy: A Workshop on Skincare by Dr. Sharad Paul

10.00-10.45
A Voice of One’s Own: T.M. Krishna and Dayanita Singh in conversation
10.50-11.40
The Deeper Truth of Novels: Does fiction show the reality of our world better than non-fiction Eleanor Catton, Irwin Allan Sealy and Damon Galgut in conversation with David Davidar
11.40-11.55
BREAK
11.55-12.40
This Land, Our Country: P. Sainath Introduced by Sashi Kumar
12.45-1.35
Shaped by Food Memories: A panel discussion on our complex relationship with food Chef Aditya Bal, Chef Kunal Kapur and Chef Manu Chandra in conversation with Shonali Muthalaly
1.40-2.30
BREAK
2.30-3.00
The Hindu Prize Ceremony: Justice Leila Seth will give away the prize.
3.05-4.00
Starlight: Nimrat Kaur and Tisca Chopra in conversation with Latha Menon
4.00-4.15
BREAK
4.15-5.05
Gods, Demons and Others: Amish in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan
5.10-5.55
Our Plural Selves: Writing Memoirs Leila Seth, T.M. Krishna and Irwin Allan Sealy in conversation with V.K. Karthika
6.00-6.45
Reading Religion Renuka Narayanan, Sadanand Menon and A.R. Venkatachalapathy

THE HINDU PAVILION

10.30-11.30
The Hindu Prize: Readings from the shortlisted books by Anita Nair, Ashok Srinivasan, Deepti Kapoor, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Shashi Deshpande, Shovon Chowdhury Moderated by Ziya us Salam
11.35-12.40
Books in Focus Amitabha Bagchi, Janice Pariat and Timeri N. Murari Introduced by Ziya us Salam
12.45-1.30
New Narratives or New Ways of Narrations? Vetrimaran, Vasantabalan, R. Rohini
in conversation with A. Ramasamy
5.10-5.55
Power To The People in Our Time Ahdaf Soueif, Rajmohan Gandhi, Damon Galgut in conversation with Meena Kandasamy
6.00-6.45
Green Wars: Dispatches from a Vanishing World: An illustrated talk by Bahar Dutt. Introduced by Swati Daftuar

WORKSHOPS

9.00-10.00
Brunch Better: A Workshop on Sprucing Up Brunch by Chef Kunal Kapur and Chef Manu Chandra
@ Taj Club House
10.00-11.30
Writing What You Know: A workshop on Creative Writing by Nina McConigley
10.00-12.00
Lyric Engineering: A Workshop on Writing Effective Lyrics
by Madhan Karky
2.00-4.00
Angel Therapy: A Workshop on Finding your Guardian
Angel by Bhavna Bhagat

10.00-10.45
U.R. Ananthamurthy: A Homage Shiv Visvanathan, N. Manu Chakravarthy, K. Satchidanandan
10.50-11.35
Writers Are Readers First: Three writers discuss their favourite books Amitabha Bagchi, Manjula Padmanabhan and Timeri N. Murari in conversation with Arunava Sinha
11.35-11.55
BREAK
11.50-12.40
Challenging the Status Quo: Powerful Women in Conservative Societies Leila Seth and Jung Chang in conversation with Vaishna Roy
12.45-1.25
The Lives of Others: Rajmohan Gandhi and Charles Allen in conversation with Jonathan Gil Harris
1.25-2.10
BREAK
2.10-3.00
Dayanita Singh presents The Book on The Wall. Introduced by Sushila Ravindranath
3.05-3.35
Images and Imagery of Memory Alarmel Valli and Singeetam Srinivasa Rao in conversation with Sushila Ravindranath
3.40-4.30
In the Eye of The Sun Ahdaf Soueif in conversation with Salil Tripathi
4.30-4.45
BREAK
4.45-5.35
Skin: A Biography An Illustrated lecture by Dr. Sharad Paul. Introduced by Vidya Singh
5.40-6.10
Speaking of Writing: The Stories of Madras V. Sriram and A.R. Venkatachalapathy
6.15-7.00
Lotus Leaves, Water Words: A Reading Performance Directed by Prasanna Ramaswamy. Participants: P C Ramakrishna, Anita Ratnam, R Rohini, Nellai Manikandan, Niran Vicktor Benjamin, Sushila Ravindranath, Anandh Kumar, Revathy Kumar. Text Sources: Muranchiyur Mudinaganar (Purananuru), Philastratus, Cheran, Kashinath Singh, Diane Ackerman, Rainer Maria Rilke, P. Sainath, Clay Moldenhauer, Prasanna Ramaswamy. Community Texts: Rig Veda, Algonquin Song of the Stars. Series Nature: 2; Thanjai Nalvar, John F. Kennedy

THE HINDU PAVILION

11.50-12.35
The Kite Flyers: Sharad Paul in conversation with Ranvir Shah
12.40-1.25
Crossing The Line: Journalism as Literature and Literature as Journalism Salil Tripathi, Samanth Subramanian and Aatish Taseer in conversation with Arunava Sinha
3.30-4.15
Right To Read Students of Chennai Corporation Schools will demonstrate the power of using technologies to enable English reading skills
4.20-5.05
Tamil Theatre: The Voices and Forms Pralayan, Gnani Sankaran, Living Smile Vidya, Na Muthusamy and K. Parthibaraja
5.10-5.55
The Way Things Were: Aatish Taseer in conversation with Ranvir Shah

WORKSHOPS

10.00-12.30
Die Author Die: A Fun Workshop on Interpreting Cinema Your Way by Baradwaj Rangan
10.00-11.30
Journeys in the Wild: A Workshop on Environment by Bahar Dutt (Age group 13-18 years)
3.00-6.00
Writing on the Arts: A Workshop on Art Appreciation
Conceptualised and moderated by Sharan Apparao