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Aditi De Aditya Mukherjee Amandeep Sandhu Anita Nair
Anjum Katyal Arindam Borkataki Aroon Raman Arthi Anand Navaneeth
Ashadevi Asha Nehemiah Ashok Ferry Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashokamitran Ashwin Sanghi Athena Kashyap Aurélia Lassaque
B Mahadevan B M Hanif Babar Ayaz Baijayant "Jay" Panda
Baradwaj Rangan Bas Bottcher Bhagavan Bhawana Somaaya
Boria Majumdar C Naganna C N Ramachandran Chandrashekhara Kambara
Chinnappa Gowda Christopher Kloeble David Davidar Deepthi Talwar
Dharmakirti Sumant Edwin D'Souza Eshwar Sundaresan Evan Hastings
Farah Ghuznavi Farhan Akhtar Farooq Shaheen Govind Mishra
Giraddi Govindaraju Gita Aravamudan Gulzar Hakimuddin Habibullah
Harish Bijoor Hartosh Singh Bal H S Venkatesh Murthy Ian Jack
Jahnavi Barua Janaki Murali Jayant Kodkani K Satchidanandan
Kanak Mani Dixit Kapish Mehra Karthika V K Kingshuk Nag
Kishwar Desai Krishna Shastri Lakshmi Vishvanathan Lavanya Sankaran
Laxmi Murthy Lt. Gen. Ramesh Halagali M B Srinidhi, Prof. Madhu Nataraj
Madhu Kishwar Madhulika Liddle Mallepuram G Venkatesh, Prof. Mamta Sagar
Meena Kandasamy Minal Hajratwala Mira Hashmi M M Kalburgi
Nabaneeta Dev Sen Nandita Bose Narahalli Balasubrahmanya Nasreen Munni Kabir
Nighat Gandhi Nilanjan Chaudhuri Nilanjana Roy Nirmala Laxman
Nissar Ahmed Padekal Vishnu Bhatt Piyush Jha Poile Sengupta
Prasad Bidappa Prasoon Joshi Preeti Shenoy Raghavendra M. K.
Rajmohan Gandhi Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Ramachandra Guha Ramakant Rath
Ravi Subramanian Reena I Puri Reeth Abraham Rekha Vasanth
Rohini Nilekani Roopa Pai Sanjana Kapur Saskya Jain
Satyajit Sarna Satyanarayana Sastry Sharmishta Gooptu Shashi Deshpande
Sheba Karim Shikha Malviya Shoba Narayan Shobhaa De
Shrinivas Murthy Shyam Madhavan Sarada Siddalingaiah Siddharth Bhatia
H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar Sumeet Shetty Sunil Sethi Swar Thounaojam
Tilman Rammstedt T V Mohandas Pai U R Ananthamurthy Usha K R
Vani Mahesh Varun Agarwal Vasanthi Hariprakash Veeraraghav T. M.
Vempalli Gangadhara Venkatachala Shastry Vibha Rani Vidya Mani
Vijayalakshmi Nagaraj Vikas Singh Vikram Sampath Vikram Visaji
Vimala Malhotra Viveka Rai Wendell Rodricks William Dalrymple

Artistes

Artistes
Mysore Brothers – Sri Nagaraj & Sri Manjunath
Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia & Pt Subhankar Banerjee
Shabnam Virmani & Vipul Rikhi

Day 1


Friday | September 27, 2013

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TIME MYSORE PARK LAWN BAGH MAKKALA KOOTA

Literature for Children
10:00 – 11.30 Dollukunita – Folk Performance of Karnataka

BLF 2013 Opening by Chandrashekhara Kambara, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Ramakant Rath, Ramachandra Guha, Christoph Bertrams & Vikram Sampath

Launch of the Festival edition of Beantown

Session anchored by Vasanthi Hariprakash
   
11.30 – 12.30 HeLatthena kELa: Kambararondhige Sahithya Sallaapa

Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara in conversation with C. Naganna
Vision for India

Baijayant "Jay" Panda, Lt. Gen. Ramesh Halagali & T V Mohandas Pai
Moderator: Veeraraghav T M
Slam Poetry

Workshop with Bas Böttcher
12.30 – 1:30 A Celebration of Love & Life – An intimate note to the sincere seeker

Writing on Spirituality with H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living
  Slam Poetry

Workshop with Bas Böttcher
1:30 – 3:00 The Making of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Has Indian cinema finally woken up to bio-pics?

Farhan Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi and Rakeysh Mehra in conversation with Bhawana Somaaya

Launch of Bhawana Somaaya's ‘Talking Cinema’
   
3:00 – 4:00 Talking Couture – Chronicling Fashion

Wendell Rodricks in conversation with Prasad Bidappa
Partners in Crime and Fantasy

Anita Nair, Madhulika Liddle and Nilanjana Roy
Moderator: Sumeet Shetty
Fantasy

A workshop with Janaki Murali
4:00 – 5:00 Is Bhasha being subsumed by English?

Ashok Vajpeyi, U R Ananthamurthy, Gulzar and Ramakant Rath
Moderator: K. Satchidanandan

Launch of Gulzar's ‘Hindi for Heart’
Traversing geographies, poetically

Athena Kashyap, Vibha Rani, Meena Kandasamy and Aurélia Lassaque
Moderator: Shikha Malviya
Kathalaya presents

Japanese Folklore
5:00 – 6:00 Launch of Kishwar Desai's ‘The Sea of Innocence’

Endangered Gender?

Gita Aravamudan, Kishwar Desai and Shobhaa De
Moderator: Vasanthi Hariprakash
Co-existence of Commercial and Literary Writing in India – Myth or Reality?

David Davidar and Kapish Mehra with Nilanjana Roy
Kathalaya presents

Japanese Folklore
6:00 – 7:00 William Dalrymple

Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi (1707-1857)
   
7:00 – 9:00 Carnatic Violin Duet by Mysore Brothers – Dr. Manjunath & Shri Nagaraj and party

A Bangalore International Arts Festival presentation
   
NOTE: Session participants and timing could be subject to last minute changes.

Day 2


Saturday | September 28, 2013
TIME MYSORE PARK LAWN BAGH MAKKALA KOOTA

Literature for Children
10:00 – 11.00 Aao phir nazm kahein

with Gulzar and Prasoon Joshi

Launch of Gulzar's ‘I Swallowed The Moon’
  Literature Quiz

Quizmasters: Nexus Consulting (Venky, Vivek and Navin)

For students - Classes 5 to 10
11.00 – 12.00 Literati, Marginalia et al. – The Anatomy of Literature Festivals

William Dalrymple, Anjum Katyal and Nirmala Lakshman
Moderator: Vikram Sampath
NaanEruva ettharake neenEra balleya? Kannada Sahithyada Chaturmukharu

Works of Great Masters of Kannada Literature

Narahalli Balasubrahmanya, Dr. K S Bhagavan, Dr. B Viveka Rai and Giraddi Govindaraju
Moderator: Vikram Visaji
Literature Quiz

Quizmasters: Nexus Consulting (Venky, Vivek and Navin)

For students - Classes 5 to 10
12.00 – 1:00 From Screen to Page: Writing on Indian Cinema

Baradwaj Rangan, Sidharth Bhatia, M. K. Raghavendra and Nasreen Munni Kabir
Moderator: Sharmistha Gooptu
The Ashwin Key: Writing on Mythology

Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Deepthi Talwar
Literature Quiz

Quizmasters: Nexus Consulting (Venky, Vivek and Navin)

For students - Classes 5 to 10
1:00 – 2:00 Launch of Babar Ayaz's ‘What's wrong with Pakistan?’

The South Asian Voice: Writing for Ourselves

Kanak Dixit, Farah Ghuznavi, Ashok Ferry, Babar Ayaz and Mira Hashmi
Moderator: Laxmi Murthy

A HIMĀL Southasian presentation
City Lights: On Urban writing

Usha K. R., Nirmala Lakshman, Kishwar Desai, Anita Nair
Moderator: Lavanya Sankaran
Children's Session with Gulzar & Prasoon Joshi

Launch of ‘Potli Baba Ki Kahani – Ali Baba Aur Chaalis Chor’ by Gulzar

A Scholastic India presentation
2:00 – 3:00 Solla sobagu: AaDu nuDiya sahithya sogaDu: Oral literary languages of Karnataka – Tulu, Kodava, Konkani and Beary

B. M. Hanif, Dr. Chinnappa Gowda, Dr. Rekha Vasanth and Prof. Edwin J. F. D'souza
Moderator: Dr. B. Viveka Rai

Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages Festival presentation
The Aural and the Visual: Writing on the Performing Arts

Lakshmi Viswanathan, Anjum Katyal, Nasreen Munni Kabir and Vikram Sampath
Moderator: Madhu Nataraj
Bookalore presents

Sakkat Story Safari and The Majaa-ful Mystery Tour
3:00 – 4:00 The Novel and the People: Is Indian Fiction Moving Away from Indian Reality?

Govind Mishra, U. R. Ananthamurthy, Ashoka Mitran and Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Moderator: K. Satchidanandan

A Central Sahitya Akademi presentation
Devabhasha to Lokabhasha: Sanskrit, then and now

C M Krishnasastry, Prof. Mallepuram G Venkatesh, Prof. M. B. Srinidhi and Dr. Satyanarayana Sastry
Moderator: Prof. B. Mahadevan

A Samskrita Bharathi and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan presentation
Bookalore presents

Sakkat Story Safari and The Majaa-ful Mystery Tour
4:00 – 5:00 Launch of Shashi Deshpande's ‘Shadow Play’

Are we becoming a Bestseller generation?

Shashi Deshpande, Shobhaa De, Ashwin Sanghi and Ian Jack
Moderator: Karthika V. K.
Building bridges: Not lost in Translation

Saskya Jain, Ashok Vajpeyi, Bhawana Somaaya and Dr. C. N. Ramachandran
Moderator: Keerti Ramachandra
Bookalore presents

Sakkat Story Safari and The Majaa-ful Mystery Tour
5:00 – 6:00 Is economic development a garb for hard Right politics?: The Gujarat Model

Madhu Kishwar, Kingshuk Nag, Sidharth Bhatia and Hartosh Singh Bal
Moderator: Veeraraghav TM

Launch of Hartosh Singh Bal's ‘Waters Close Over Us – A Journey Along the Narmada’
Launch of Vikas Singh's ‘The Big Fix’

Launch of Boria Majumdar's‘Sporting Times’

Is Corruption a way of life in Indian Sport?

Vikas Singh, Hakimuddin Habibulla, Reeth Abraham
Moderator: Boria Majumdar
6:00 – 7:00 Ramachandra Guha

Is History literature or social science?
   
7:30 – 8:45 Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in concert, accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee    
NOTE: Session participants and timing could be subject to last minute changes.

Day 3


Sunday | September 29, 2013
TIME MYSORE PARK LAWN BAGH MAKKALA KOOTA

Literature for Children
10:00 – 11.00 Thoughts that Breathe, Words that Burn: A morning of poetry

Ashok Vajpeyi, K. Satchidanandan and Nabanita Dev Sen
Moderator: Mamta Sagar
Launch of Tilman Rammstedt's ‘The Emperor of China – Der Kaiser von China’

International Ink: Getting published in Europe

Ian Jack, Tilman Rammstedt and Aurélia Lassaque
Moderator: Karthika V. K.
Write Better

Workshop for Young Writers with Vivek Krishnaswamy (Ages 9 to 15)
11.00 – 12.00 Mera kuchh saman, tumhare paas pada hai

Gulzar in conversation with Bhawana Somaaya
  The Big Bada Bang with a really LOOooOONGGG Book by Pratham Books
12.00 – 1:00 Naadhadha Nadiyondhu naDedhaanga: Kavi Samaya

Celebrating Kannada poetry

K. Nisar Ahmed, H. S. Venkatesh Murthy and Siddalingaiah
Moderator: Asha Devi
Playwrights at Work

Dharmakirti Sumant, Vibha Rani, Swar Thounaojam and Christopher Kloebel
Moderator: Evan Hastings
Get buzzy with a ghostly performance on stage! by Pratham Books
1:00 – 2:00 Kannada mooladha maruvyaakhyaana: The history & antiquity of Kannada

Dr. Venkatachala Shastry, Dr. M. M. Kalburgi and Dr. Padekal Vishnu Bhat
Moderator: Dr. Shrinivas Murthy
Rewriting the Rules of Romance and Reminiscence

Satyajit Sarna, Nighat Gandhi, Nilanjan Choudhury and Shoba Narayan
Moderator: Nandita Bose
2:00 – 3:00 India from the Outside

Ian Jack in conversation with Sunil Sethi
The First Book Club

Varun Agarwal, Aditya Mukherjee, Lavanya Sankaran, Preeti Shenoy
Moderator: Vani Mahesh
Amar Chitra Katha presents

Brave Superheroes and Frightening Monsters
3:00 – 4:00 Voices of India: Young Literateurs of Bhasha

Arindam Borkataki, Dharmakirti Sumant, Vempalli Gangadhara and Farooq Shaheen
Moderator: Jayanth Kodkani

A Central Sahitya Akademi Presentation
Launch of Ravi Subramanian's ‘Bankerupt’

Edge of Darkness: On Thrillers and Chillers

Aroon Raman, Ravi Subramanian and Piyush Jha
Moderator: Eshwar Sundaresan
Amar Chitra Katha presents

Brave Superheroes and Frightening Monsters
4:00 – 5:00 World in Verse: A celebration of life through Performance Poetry

Bas Böttcher, Vibha Rani and Mamta Sagar
69 Shades of Grey: Scripting Erotica

Sheba Karim, Ashok Ferry and Minal Hajratwala
Moderator: Harish Bijoor
An Evening with The Storywallahs
5:00 – 6:00 Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten

Rajmohan Gandhi in conversation with Sunil Sethi
In the shadow of the gun: Literature from conflict zones

Farooq Shaheen, Babar Ayaz, Arindam Borkataki and Jahnavi Barua
Moderator: Amandeep Sandhu
An Evening with The Storywallahs
6:00 – 6:45 All this Longing: Songs and Poetry

Shabnam Virmani & Vipul Rikhi
   
NOTE: Session participants and timing could be subject to last minute changes.