Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Specials

Day 1 - Friday | September 26, 2014

 
SAMSKARA
SURAGI
BHARATHIPURA
10:00- 11.30Pre-Inaugural: Kamsale - Folk performance of Karnataka | Inauguration: Girish Karnad, Chandrashekhara Kambara, Chetan Bhagat, Shobhaa De, Binalakshmi Nepram & Vikram Sampath | Launch of the festival edition of Beantown - The BLF Magazine
Live report
11.30- 12.30Shraddhanjali: Remembering U R Ananthamurthy- Girish Karnad and S G Vasudev | Mamta Sagar (M); screening of documentary on U R Ananthamurthy by Sahitya Akademi
Live report
12:30- 1:30
Samvaada: Chandrashekhara Kambara in conversation with K V Narayana
Live report
Books that go bump in the night!- On horror and suspense writing: Arnab Ray, Satyarth Nayak, Venita Coelho & Raghav Chandra | Sharath Komarraju (M)
Live report
Calling all teens and tweens- Children & Young adult fiction: Paro Anand, Marie Munkara, Rohini Nilekani & Lakshmi Devnath | Andaleeb Wajid (M)
Book Launch: Andaleeb Wajid's Back in Time | Lakshmi Devnath's Poorva-Magic Miracles and the Mystical Twelve
Live report
1:30-2:30
From full-wives to Half-Girlfriend- the women in Chetan Bhagat's novels: Chetan Bhagat in conversation with Shinie Antony
Live report
2:30-3:30
Does India Neglect its Eight Sisters?: Pradyot Manikya Deb Burma, Binalakshmi Nepram, Dhruba Hazarika & Swar Thounaojam | Neelesh Mishra (M)Hosa Chiguru- New Voices in Kannada literature: Vasudhendra, K S Pavitra & HN Arathi | C Naganna (M)
Minority Report: Haroon Khalid, Keki Daruwala, Rakhshanda Jalil, Asma Jahangir & Nirupama Dutt | Sameer Arshad Khatlani (M)
Live report
3:30-4:30
Kannada Rangabhoomi--Gathi, Sthithi: Kannada Theatre, Then & Now: H.S. Umesh, Chandrashekhara Kambara & Na Damodara Shetty | Surendranath S (M)Can you Deny this Sunrise? -Dalit Writing and Issues of Marginalization: Dylan Coleman, Jeanine Leane, Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy & Sharankumar Limbale | Mini Krishnan (M)Getting down to Business- Can India change its mindset?: Benedict Paramanand, Arun Maira & John Elliott | Sumit Chakraberty (M)
Live report
4:30-5:30
Queen of Hearts: Rani Mukerji in conversation with Bhawana Somaaya
Live report
5:30-6:30
Whose Language is it Anyway?: Ashok Vajpeyi, Swapan Dasgupta, Joe D' Cruz & Shobhaa De | Mrinal Pande (M)
Live report
Sita-Shadow and Substance: Namita Gokhale, Samhita Arni, Arshia Sattar & Yatindra Mishra | Madhavi Mahadevan (M)
Book Launch: Madhavi Mahadevan's Doppelganger
Live report
ISIS- Global Terror at India's Doorstep: Hormis Tharakan, Shashi Warrier, Aditya Sondhi | Josy Joseph (M)
Live report
6:30-8:30
A Carnatic classical music concert by Oscar nominated musician Bombay Jayashri Ramnath | Accompanists: KJ Dileep (Violin), Delhi Sairam (Mridangam) and Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira) | Evening anchored by Vasanthi Hariprakash

Day 2 - Saturday | September 27, 2014

 
SAMSKARA
SURAGI
BHARATHIPURA
10:00-11:00
Keeping it Brief--the Art of writing Short Stories: Anjum Hasan, Susan Visvanathan, Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Usha K.R. & Saniya | Altaf Tyrewala (M)
Live report
Cinemascope-Screen to Script: Bhawana Somaaya, Tisca Chopra & Madhuri Banerjee | T. P. Rajeevan (M)
Live report
10:00-10:30 | Karadi Tales with Priya Muthukumar of Storipur
Live report
11:00-12:00
India: Crouching Tiger or Gasping Elephant?: Sam Miller, John Elliot, Arun Maira & R Vaidyanathan | Swapan Dasgupta (M)
Live report
Paro to Priya: Namita Gokhale in conversation with Mita Kapur
Live report
10:30-11:15 | We, the Children of India: Revisiting the Constitution of India with Leila Seth | Presented by Pratham Books
Live report
12:00-1:00
When All is Said: Nayantara Sahgal and Ritu Menon in conversation with Sunil Sethi
Live report
Ek Zubaan, Do Awazein: Contemporary Urdu in India and Pakistan : Rakhshanda Jalil, Arthur Dudney, Ashok Vajpeyi | Yatindra Mishra (M)
11:15-12:00 | Around the Story Tree: Folk Tales with Vikram Sridhar for ages 5+
Live report
1:00-2:00
A Lifetime in Choreography: Dr. Maya Rao- Madhu Nataraj & Vimala Rangachar | Performances by Natya and STEM Dance Kampni along with excerpts of the film 'Maya to Matter'
Live report
The personal and the universal - Tackling nationhood and translations: Sitanshu Yashashchandra, Volga, TP Rajeevan & H.S. Shivaprakash | Mini Krishnan (M)
Book Launch: HS Shivaprakash's 'Everyday Yogi'
Live report
12:00-12:30 | Tiger by the Tail: Tiger Quiz with Venita Coelho for ages 8-12
Live report
2:00-3:00
Male Voice in the Indian Novel: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Altaf Tyrewala, Indrajit Hazra & Palash Krishna Mehrotra | Mita Kapur (M)
Live report
Kala Rupankar--Interface of Hindi literature and the arts: Shubha Mudgal, Mrinal Pande, Pankaj Rag & Yatindra Mishra | Sundeep Bhutoria (M)
12:30-1:00 | Stories from the North Eastern Hills with Arthi Anand for ages 5+
Live report
3:00-4:00
Dakshinayan: What Classical Tag means to South Indian languages: Chandrashekhara Kambara, K. V. Narayana, Volga & Joe D' Cruz | Krishna Manavalli (M)
A Sahitya Akademi presentation
Notes and Notations: Writing Music: Margaret Barrett, Robert Davidson, Graham Welch, Vikram Sampath & Lakshmi Devnath | Anil Srinivasan (M)
An ISME-SEMPRE presentation
1:00-1:45 | My Life in Cartoons by Brenton McKenna for ages 9-12
4:00-5:00
Women's Narratives- from the personal to the political: Leila Seth, Asma Jahangir, Lijia Zhang & Shobhaa De | Nupur Basu (M)
Live report
e-Kannada- Technology and the Future of Kannada Literature: Mahamed Ismail, Banjagere Jayaprakash & Prakash Kambatthalli | Maya Chandra (M)
Live report
1:45-2:45 | A Ghostly Detective Workshop by Shweta Taneja for ages 9-13
5:00-6:00
Ballot Box- Polls 2014 and their message: Sankarshan Thakur, Shekhar Gupta and Swapan Dasgupta | Madhu Trehan (M)
Then my Heart with Pleasure Fills: Poetry readings: Keki Daruwala, T P Rajeevan, Ashok Vajpeyi, Sitanshu Yashaschandra & Pankaj Rag | Yatindra Mishra (M)
2:45-4:45 | Harry Potter Quiz by Sonali Bhatia for Potter lovers of all ages
6:00-6:30
The Culture Elephant: Naresh Narasimhan4:45-6:15 | An Evening with the Storywallahs - Stories from Around the World for ages 4+
6:30-8:30
A Hindustani classical music concert by renowned musician Shubha Mudgal accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan (Tabla) and Sudhir Nayak (Harmonium) | Evening anchored by Vasanthi Hariprakash

Day 3 - Sunday | September 28, 2014

 
SAMSKARA
SURAGI
BHARATHIPURA
10:00-11:00
The Outsider Inside-- India through foreign eyes: Sam Miller, Arthur Dudney, Dominique Varma & Andie De Arment | Sunil Sethi (M)
Going Places-Travel writing: Zhang Su Li, Neelesh Mishra, Zac O'Yeah & Sundeep Bhutoria | G. Sampath (M)With Malice towards One and All-Celebrating Khushwant Singh: Tisca Chopra and Humra Quraishi
Live report
11:00-12:00
On Fatwas, Fascism & Falling Over Backwards: Arun Shourie in conversation with Madhu Trehan
Live report
Kannadada Nava Roopantara: Rebooting Kannada for the Future: Rudra Prasad N, Vasant Shetty and Sandeep K N | Sowjanya KK (M)
Live report
Love-Asana- Twists and Turns of the Heart: Vijay Nagaswamy, Preeti Shenoy & Milan Vohra | Nandita Bose (M)
Live report
12:00-1:00
One Life is Not Enough: Natwar Singh in conversation with Shekhar Gupta
Book Launch: Natwar Singh's Hindi book Ek Hi Zindagi Kaafi Nahi
And Dances with the Daffodils-- Poetry readings: Nirupama Dutt, Sunayana Kachroo, Tanja Dückers and Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih | H.N. Arathi (M)
The Gaon Connection- Neelesh Mishra in conversation with Vasanthi Hariprakash
1:00-2:00
Ocean to Ocean: Susmit Sen (of 'Indian Ocean' fame) in conversation with Sathya SaranVoices from South East Asia: Lijia Zhang, Zhang Su Li & Sabaree Mitra | CV Ranganathan (M)
Live report
Infinite Jest: G Sampath, Zac O' Yeah, Aruna Nambiar & Jane De Suza | Sidin Vadukut (M)
Live report

2:00-3:00
My Life, My Work: Girish Karnad in conversation with Arshia Sattar
Voice, Suppression & Imagination: Contemporary Indigenous Writing from Australia: Dylan Coleman, Jeanine Leane, Marie Munkara, Brenton McKenna | Mridula Chakraborthy (M)
[with support from Australian Government, through Australia Council for the Arts]
Live report
The Writer as a Performer & Public Figure- Young writers in Indian languages: Binod Ghosal, Gayatribala Panda, Nisar Azam & Yatindra Mishra | Rakhshanda Jalil (M)
[A Sahitya Akademi presentation
3:00-4:00
The Business of News: Has the Media sold its soul? -Mrinal Pande, Haroon Khalid, Shekhar Gupta, Tanja Dückers & Madhu Trehan | T.M. Veeraraghav (M)
KeLu Kavithe- Poetry readings: Tarini Shubhadayini, Na. Damodara Shetty, Prathibha Nandakumar & Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy | HN Arathi (M)
Building your Own Blocks: Entrepreneurship in India Today: Vishwas Mudagal, Ajit Balakrishnan, TV Mohandas Pai & Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | Harish Bijoor (M)
4:00-5:00
Debating Hinduism and the Indian Grand Narrative: Rajiv MalhotraBorderlands: Writing from India's North East- Tayenjam Bijoykumar Singh, Dhruba Hazarika, Jahnavi Barua & Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih | Mitra Phukan (M)She Writes...- Fictionistas have their Say: Gita Aravamudan, Apoorva Purohit, Radhika Jha & Gayatribala Panda | Nirupama Dutt (M) (Launch of Gita Aravamudan's Baby Makers: The story of Indian Surrogacy)
5:30-6:30
On Balance: Leila Seth in conversation with Vasanthi Hariprakash377 Stories-The Queer Lives of the Law: Nalini Rajan, Vasudhendra, Arvind Narrain and Minal Hajratwala | Danish Sheikh (M)Kashmir: the Valley of Tears- Sameer Arshad Khatlani, Nisar Azam, Sunayana Kachroo & Neelesh Mishra | Humra Quraishi (M)
6:30-8:00
A Country Gagged & Bound?: Arun Shourie, Girish Karnad, Shubha Mudgal, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Joe D' Cruz, Rajiv Malhotra, Swapan Dasgupta & Sankarshan Thakur | Arshia Sattar (M)

Specials

  • Documentaries
    Sep 27-28 / Sat-Sun | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Bookstore
  • LitMart Grand Finale
    Sep 27 / Sat | 3 PM – 5 PM | Bookstore
  • Goethe in Word & Deed with Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan
    Schnupperstunde: Learn German in 30 minutes
    Schuhplattler: Join in German Folk Dance with Jennifer Swanda
    Sep 27-28 / Sat-Sun | 5 to 6 PM | Bookstore
  • Ink.quiz.ition – The BLF Books Quiz by Nexus Consulting
    Sep 28/Sun | 3 PM – 5 PM | Bookstore
  • #BLFMeetup, Come meet your tribe
    Sep 26-28/Fri-Sun | 3 PM – 4 PM | Amphitheatre
    Sep 27/Sat | BYOB – Bring Your Own Books in collaboration with Barter.Li
  • ‘A Thousand Words’ by Kumar La Noce – A piece of literature as a work of art
    All day | Festival Lawns
  • FACES-FORCES-FORMS by Gallery G – A showcase of art and sculpture
    All day | Crowne Plaza Lobby and Festival Lawns

The above schedule, timings and panelists are subject to change.