Bangalore Literature Festival 2015
December 5 – 6, 2015
Hotel Royal Orchid (Near KGA)
December 5 – 6, 2015
Hotel Royal Orchid (Near KGA)
The Bangalore Literature Festival [BLF] fêtes reading and writing. Bookworms and bibliophiles are invited to bask in the winter sun in the Garden City of India and meet writers from everywhere — local, national and international — as this festival brings the world to ‘Namma Bengaluru’. BLF celebrates this creative spirit of the city popular as the Garden City of India and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside India.
Barkha Dutt is Consulting Editor with NDTV. The youngest journalist in India to receive the Padma Shri, she has reported from several conflict zones, including Kargil, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. She is the host of the weekly, award-winning talk-show We The People as well as the daily prime-time show The Buck Stops Here. She has also just turned entrepreneur with her own multimedia content company. She has won over 40 awards for journalism, including the Global Leader for Tomorrow award at the World Economic Forum, Commonwealth Broadcasters’ Award for ‘Journalist of the Year’ and the Asian Television Award for ‘Best Talk Show’. In 2012, she won ‘International TV Personality of the Year’ at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards in London and ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ at Asian Television Awards in Singapore. In 2014, her interview with Malala Yousaf won the Asian Television Award for ‘Best Talk Show’. Last year, she won News Television Award for Best TV News Anchor (English) for a second year in a row. She has also bagged the Indian Television Academy award for Best Talk Show for five consecutive years. This year, her weekly show We The People won the ENBA Award for ‘Best Talk Show’.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially management and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries, with a brief stint as business consultant in EY, before he focused on his passion full-time. Author of 30 books, 600 articles, with bestsellers such as Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra, the 7 Secret Series and the Devlok series of children books. Speaker at TEDIndia 2009, with a million hits for his popular talk: Myths that Mystify, East versus West. TV shows such as Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. Consultant to corporations on culture, diversity and leadership. Story consultant to various television channels and filmmakers.
Javed Akhtar’s lineage can be traced back to seven generations of famous Urdu poets, writers and freedom fighters. His father, renowned Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar, mother famous Urdu writer Safia Akhtar and uncle, noted Urdu poet Majaaz were amongst the pioneers of the Progressive Writers Association.
His first collection of Urdu poetry ‘Tarkash’ is in its eleventh edition in Hindi, and seventh edition in Urdu. It has received rave reviews both as a book and as India’s first audio book. Javed Akhtar has written a large number of poems against communalism, social injustice, National Integration and for Women’s Rights.
His books ‘Talking Films’ & amp; ‘Talking Songs’ published by Oxford University Press have been hailed by film critics as the most definitive works on Indian Cinema. He has co-authored super hit hindi films like, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Trishul’, etc. He has also written successful films like ‘Sagar’, ‘Mr. India’, ‘Betaab’, ‘Arjun’, ‘Lakshya’.
Preeti Shenoy is India’s highest selling woman writer. She has six best-sellers to her credit, which include ‘Life is what you make it’, ‘Tea for two and a piece of cake’, ‘The Secret wish list’, ‘The One You Cannot Have’ and ‘It Happens for a Reason’. Her latest, ‘Why We Love The Way Do’, is non-fiction book. In the past she has written for various publications such as Times of India and Readers Digest. She currently writes a regular column in The Financial Chronicle. She has given several talks in many educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and many corporates such as Infosys, Accenture and KPMG. She is an avid blogger and an artist specialising in portraiture.
Divya Spandana, stage name Ramya, is a film actor and politician. She acts in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. She became the youngest Member of Parliament from Mandya, Karnataka, in 2013. She has acted in many films, including Aryan, Crazy Loka, Thoondi, Lucky, Sidiingu, Bombaat and Sanju Weds Geetha, for which she won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.
Sambit Patra is an Indian politician spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2006 he founded Swaraj, an NGO which aimed to support the backward community such as dalits in cleanliness and health care facilities; the NGO mainly comprises doctors, lawyers and some police officers.
Novelist and short story writer Shashi Deshpande has ten novels, two novellas, a number of short story collections, a book of non-fiction, Writing from the Margin, and four children’s books to her credit. Her novels include Small Remedies, Moving On, In the Country of Deceit and Shadow Play. Her latest novel will be out shortly. A number of her short stories and novels have been translated into various Indian as well as many European languages. She has translated two plays by Adya Rangacharya, eminent Kannada writer, as well as his memoirs from Kannada into English, as also a novel by Gauri Deshpande from Marathi into English. She has been invited to participate in various literary conferences and festivals, as well as to lecture in universities both India and abroad. She was awarded the Padmi Shri in 2008.
Upamanyu Chatterjee was born in 1959. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1983. His published works include short stories and the novels English, August: An Indian Story (1988), The Last Burden (1993), The Mammaries of the Welfare State (2000), which won the Sahitya Akademi Award for writing in English,Weight Loss (2006) and Way to Go (2011), which was shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government for his contribution to literature.