Kolkata Literary Meet wows the city


Literature festivals in India historically used to be a niche pursuit for authors and readers. But with the interest budding and more people attending such events, reason enough for the corporate sector to show greater interest. Cultural city Kolkata has been flooded with literature festivals already in the months of January and February. Kicking off the calendar this year was Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), followed by the Kolkata Literary Meet (KLM) and the final one Kolkata Language and Literature Festival (KLLF).

This third edition of KLM had brand associations such as Google, SREI, Tata Steel, Exide and NDTV, and was held beween January 25 – 30, 2014. Kulvin Suri, Chief - Corporate Communications, Tata Steel, India and SEA, said, “Literary festivals provide an open forum to the readers and cultural enthusiasts to interact with their favourite authors and academicians inspiring them. Tata Steel, as an organisation too believes in propagation of ideas in a free environment.”

The event was hosted at the iconic Taj Bengal. Literary stalwarts and dignitaries from around the world including David Godwin, Ramchandra Guha, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Ian Jack, Adrian Levy, Aditi Mangaldas, Jhumpa Lahiri, Peter Godwin, Sadaf Saaz and Siddiqi were present at the Fest. Speakers at this year’s meet included the best of both national and international literary circuits. While favourites Vikram Seth and Sharmila Tagore came back this year, the meet also hosted for the first time Gloria Steinem, Mark Tully and Naseeruddin Shah.

The event was organised and executed by Gameplan. Said Jeet Banerjee, Founder, Gameplan, “The Kolkata Literary Meet is a melting pot of intellectuals, thinkers and members of the art world. With its rich heritage and literary culture, Kolkata was in need of an event that brought words to life. The first two editions of the festival were held at an annual book fair in the city, but with this edition, we’ve progressed to dedicated venues where we can be assured of interested walk-ins.”

Over its first two editions, the meet has hosted Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and writers Vikram Seth, Valerio Manfredi, Alessandro Baricco, Amitav Ghosh and Pico Iyer.

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