Mumbai: Liberatum aims to connect Britain’s finest cultural and media minds with the rest of the world through world-class festivals and significant cultural celebrations. Past successful ventures have been held in countries as diverse as Papua New Guinea, Morocco and India.
Liberatum’s global festival programming ranges from opera, theatre, poetry, literary events to heavyweight discussions, debates, musical performances and visual art. Kitab 2008 that will be held from 22-24 February in Mumbai in partnership with The Times, UK.
A host of literay stalwarts along with promising writers will participate in the two days of book readings, discussions, film screenings, poetry sessions and interactive fora that have been carefully structured balancing elements of literature, culture, theatre and creative dialogue.
Some of the confirmed names, according to Pablo Ganguli, head Liberatum include MJ Hyland, Namita Devidayal, Sarfraz Manzoor, Shobhaa De, Christine Jordis, Anil Dharker, Matthew d’Ancona, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Indra Sinha, Niall Griffiths, Julian West, Hadani Ditmars, Robert Irwin, Meher Pestonji, Ranjit Hoskote, Dilip Chitre, Malavika Sangghvi, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Jane Bhandari, Hemant Diwate, Sanjeev Khandekar, Sharanya Manivannan, John Matthew, Mahesh Bhatt, Sonia Faleiro, Sampurna Chattarji, Nikki Bedi, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Menka Shivdasani and Marilyn Noronha.
Highlights of the 3-day event
* Session on Art of Fiction by MJ Hyland: He will read a piece on ‘How to write’ and short extracts from her novels, tracing the process of how they were written
* Talk by Namita Devidayal on her new book
* Mahesh Bhatt on ‘Sex in Indian cinema’
* Book and poetry readings: 10 poets and authors - in several languages
* Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan on life as a young author in India
* Film screenings
* Niall Griffiths on darkness in contemporary fiction, interspersed with short readings from his work
* Robert Irwin on Orientalist paintings including Vereshchagin’s wonderful Indian canvases followed by a talk on ’The India of Arabian Nights’
* To what extent is the woman writer going against the grain of her gender? Does she? Must she? come find out through the words and voices of five contemporary women poets.