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Day 1


Friday | September 27, 2013
TIME LAWN 1 LAWN 2 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 and Vikram Sampath

Launch of the Festival edition of Beantown
   
11.30 – 12.30 A Celebration of Love & Life – An intimate note to the sincere seeker

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

Workshop with Bas Botcher
12.30 – 1:30 HeLatthena kELa: Kambararondhige Sahithya Sallaapa

Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara in conversation with C. Naganna
The First Book Club

Varun Agarwal, Aditya Mukherjee, Lavanya Sankaran, Preeti Shenoy
Moderator: Vani Mahesh
 
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
   
3:00 – 4:00 Co-existence of Commercial and Literary Writing in India - Myth or Reality?

David Davidar and Kapish Mehra with Nilanjana Roy
Talking Couture - Chronicling Fashion

Wendell Rodricks in conversation with Prasad Bidappa
Workshop with Janaki Murali
4:00 – 5:00 Is Bhasha being subsumed by English?

Ashok Vajpeyi, U R Ananthamurthy and Ramakant Rath
Moderator: K. Satchidanandan
Traversing geographies, poetically

Athena Kashyap, Vibha Rani and Aurélia Lassaque
Moderator: Shikha Malviya
 
5:00 – 6:00 Launch of Kishwar Desai's ‘The Sea of Innocence’

Endangered Gender?

Madhu Kishwar, Gita Aravamudan, Kishwar Desai and Shobhaa De
Moderator: Vasanthi Hariprakash
In the shadow of the gun: Literature from conflict zones

Farooq Shaheen, Babar Ayaz, Jahnavi Barua and Meena Kandasamy
Moderator: Amandeep Sandhu
 
6:00 – 7:00 Session details and participating authors to be announced shortly    
7:00 – 9:00 Carnatic Violin Duet by Mysore Brothers – Dr. Manjunath & Shri Nagaraj and party

A Bangalore International Arts Festival presentation
   

Day 2


Saturday | September 28, 2013
TIME LAWN 1 LAWN 2 MAKKALA KOOTA

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

Gulzar and Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir
   
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
Write Better

Workshop for Young Writers with Vivek Krishnaswamy

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
12.00 – 1:00 From Screen to Page: Writing on Indian Cinema

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

Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Deepti Talwar
 
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

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
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
The Aural and the Visual: Writing on the Performing Arts

Lakshmi Viswanathan, Anjum Katyal and Vikram Sampath
Moderator: Madhu Nataraj
Sessions by Bookalore

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
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 and Prof. M. B. Srinidhi
Moderator: Prof. B. Mahadevan

A Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan presentation
 
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
Book Treasure Hunt

by Make A Difference

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
5:00 – 6:00 Is economic development a garb for hard Right politics?: The Gujarat Model

Madhu Kishwar, Kingshuk Nag and Hartosh Singh Bal
Moderator: Veeraraghav TM
Launch of Vikas Singh's ‘The Big Fix’

T20 and the young Indian cricketer - A golden honey trap?

Participants to be confirmed shortly
 
6:00 – 7:00 Ramachandra Guha: Is History literature or social science?    
7:00 – 9:00 World in Verse: A celebration of life through Performance Poetry

Bas Botcher, Vibha Rani, Mamta Sagar and Meena Kandasamy
   

Day 3


Sunday | September 29, 2013
TIME LAWN 1 LAWN 2 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 Abbas Khider's ‘Der falsche Inder’

International Ink: Getting published in Europe

Ian Jack, Tilman Rammstedt, Aurélia Lassaque and Abbas Khider
Moderator: Karthika V. K.
 
11.00 – 12.00 William Dalrymple: Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi (1707-1857) Playwrights at Work

Dharmakirti Sumant, Vibha Rani, Swar Thounaojam and Christopher Kloebel
Moderator: Evan Hastings
 
12.00 – 1:00 Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten

Rajmohan Gandhi in conversation with Sunil Sethi
Partners in Crime and Fantasy: Anita Nair, Madhulika Liddle and Nilanjana Roy
Moderator: Sumeet Shetty
Sessions by Pratham Books

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
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
Sessions by Amar Chitra Katha

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
2:00 – 3:00 Launch of Boria Majumdar's ‘Sporting Times’

Is Corruption a way of life in Indian Sport?

Participating author names will be confirmed shortly
Voices of India: Young Literateurs of Bhasha

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

A Central Sahitya Akademi Presentation
 
3:00 – 4:00 Naadhadha Nadiyondhu naDedhaanga: Kavi Samaya

Celebrating Kannada poetry

Nisar Ahmed, Venkatesh Murthy and Siddalingaiah
Moderator: Asha Devi
Launch of Ravi Subramanian's ‘Bankerupt’

Edge of Darkness: On Thrillers and Chillers

Ravi Subramanian, Piyush Jha in conversation with Eshwar Sundaresan
Stories with The Storywallahs

Timing and details to be confirmed shortly
4:00 – 5:00 India from the Outside

Abbas Khider and Ian Jack in conversation with Sunil Sethi
69 Shades of Grey: Scripting Erotica

Sheba Karim, Ashok Ferry and Minal Hajratwala
Moderator: Harish Bijoor
 
5:00 – 6:00 Mera kuchh saman, tumhare paas pada hai

Gulzar in conversation with Bhawana Somaaya
   
6:00 – 6:45 All this Longing: Songs and Poetry

Shabnam Virmani & Vipul Rikhi