Tuesday, April 21, 2009

'india through fresh eyes' at london book fair: day 2

From top: Journalist, publisher and novelist Tarun J Tejpal, named by the Guardian in 2007 as being among the 20 who constitute India's new elite; Kashmiri writer Shafi Shauq addresses the seminar on 'literature of conflict'; Goa-based novelist and non-fiction writer Sudeep Chakravati, whose books include Red Sun - Travels in Naxelite Country; Punjabi critic and poet Sutinder Singh Noor, vice-president of the Sahitya Akademi; William Dalrymple interviewed by Soumya Bhattacharya in the English PEN Literary Cafe; novelist, founder-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and director of Yatra Books Namita Gokhale, chair of the 'battle for the Indian reader' seminar, enjoys a joke with poet and musician Jeet Thayil, who writes in English and is editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets; Jeet Thayil again; novelist and deputy editor of the Hindustan Times Indrajit Hazra; playwright, director, actor and professor Satish Alekar; poet, critic, translator and editor K Satchidanandan who writes in Malayalam and English; the author, poet and academician U R Ananthamurthy who writes in Kannada; prolific Gujurati novelist and short story writer Varsha Adalja; poet, novelist and non-fiction author Vikram Seth, the LBF Author of the Day; scriptwriter, lyricist, poet and activist Javed Akhtar; poet and short story writer Professor Temsula Ao, dean of the School of Humanities and Education at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong; author, scriptwriter and banker Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi who is credited with introducing Muslim culture into creative Kannada prose; writer, poet, lyricist and advertising executive Prasoon Joshi who, as executive chairman of McCann Worldgroup India & Regional Executive Creative Director Asia Pacific is considered "the young contemporary face of the Indian Advertising Industry"; the New York Film Academy-trained Bengali filmmaker and theatre director Suman Mukhopadhyay; editor and columnist Antara Dev Sen, founder editor of The Little Magazine, with Indrajit Hazra.

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