The final day of the Chandigarh Literary Festival celebrating the works, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom, saw some interesting conversations between some of the most creative writers, authors, translators and artists on November 13th, 2016 at the Chandigarh Club.
There were three events scheduled for the day. It kicked off with the discussion on the book ‘A Life Misspent’, which is an English translation of the Suryakant Tripathi Nirala’s fictional autobiography ‘Kulli Bhat’. The critic for the session was Akshaya Kumar, a professor of English and Cultural Studies in Panjab University and on the other side was Duke University Associate Professor and the translator, Satti Khanna. On being asked why he stumbled over only ‘Kulli Bhat’ and not on any other book, the translator replied that there is this quality of concision in Nirala and recklessness with his intellectual power. He quoted, “Nirala’s work is like ranges that keep climbing.” And that made him translate the book.
The second session was the dialogue between the critic Desh Raj Kali, who is an acclaimed writer and historian and IPS officer, Manmohan who is author to the Punjabi novel. He was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013 for his first novel ‘Nirvan’. After a refreshing tea break, the screening of ‘A Billion Colour Story’, a film directed and produced by N Padmakumar took place. After the screening, discussion session took place between Satish Kaushik, co-producer of the film and Baradwaj Rangan, an Indian film critic, writer and the deputy editor of The Hindu.
This marked the end of the Chandigarh Literature Festival 2016 on a very inspiring note and has made everyone await for Chandigarh Literature Fest 2017.
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