Teamwork Arts Hosts An evening For Geetanjali Shree

Geetanjali Shree is winner of International Booker Prize 2022


Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival and the international extensions of JLF, held a celebratory evening with the International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree on 5th July 2022, at the India Habitat Center. The evening features a conversation between Shree & writer, eminent journalist Poonam Saxena on Shree’s acclaimed novel, Ret Samadhi/ Tomb of Sand. The discussion was introduced by the author and Festival Co-Director Namita Gokhale.

The conversation begins with Geetanjali Shree reading out an excerpt from ‘Ret Samadhi’. During the discussion, she noted that she is still processing the experience after having won the International Booker Prize 2022. As a writer, Geetanjali Shree said that she has learned that “language is an entity by itself” and that it’s “the power of language that takes over and makes one write.” Shree also said, “words open up meanings” and “literature allows you to think anew”. About the book, the author added that the theme is also about partitions that emerge in one’s life and that “the novel finds its own voice and stories as it goes along, it certainly becomes a novel about partitions, borders, bridges…”.

While introducing the discussion, Festival Co-Director, Namita Gokhale, said, “We, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, believe in the strength, the beauty, and the diversity of the Indian languages.” She also talked about the importance of literary translation and that Jaipur Bookmark, over the years, has worked on numerous translations.

Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Sanjoy K Roy, talked about Geetanjali Shree winning the International Booker Prize 2022 and said, “this particular award does need a celebration for so many different reasons.” Talking about the importance of translation and the Jaipur Bookmark, Roy noted, “translation is important because it allows you to go beyond language, it allows you to explore different worlds, different philosophies, customs, and traditions…”

Further in the discussion, Geetanjali Shree spoke of her path-breaking saga of an octogenarian woman's search for the past that she left behind and the myriad themes that the novel Ret Samadhi/Tomb of Sand encompasses. Shree has been a part of the Jaipur Literature Festival since 2014. Recently, she graced JLF London at the British Library 2022 and engaged in a discussion with Festival Co-Director Namita Gokhale along with journalist and translator Arunava Sinha. At the festival, Geetanjali Shree also read some excerpts from the novel and talked about her inspiring journey to the International Booker Prize 2022.

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