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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2021 announces its line up of speakers for this year Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2021

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2021 announces its line up of speakers for this year

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Jan 2021, 03:38 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2021 will be held from January 22 to 24 this year, at the Currency Building, the organisers have said, under strict COVID-19 safety protocols.


The 12th edition of the festival will be free for everyone like always but keeping the pandemic situation in mind will by registration only; there will be hybrid events besides live- digital format.

The AKLF will explore various dialogues focusing on new writings, translations, mythologies, children's literature, relevant and topical issues besides publishing for the new India.

Priti Paul, Director Apeejay Surrendra Group said, “2020 is behind us, and has provided us with a time for reflection with a clear 20/20 vision.  Oxford Bookstore and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival have utilised the digital space proactively through the past year, as a realm for carrying out projects and conversations, as well conceiving new ideas. We believe that an important uniting thread at this time is the cause of books. It is in this spirit that we present the 12th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to our informed Kolkata audiences."

Maina Bhagat, Director Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival and Apeejay Oxford Bookstores said, “The 12th Edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, sets its sights on our fast evolving world, and the changes that lie in store in the years ahead. Curated meticulously to meet the challenges of the Hybrid/Virtual format, with delegate participation from across three time zones, this acceleration to digital connectivity, has not stopped us from moving forward with this key initiative.”

AKLF 2021 recognises that books, ideas, discussions, freedom of expression, creativity, output, and respect for multiple points of view, that is offered through its platform, is more relevant today, than perhaps ever before.

The list of speakers announced for this year include Paro Anand, Alexandra Pringle, Andaleeb Wajid, Kunal Basu, Namita Gokhale, Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De, Kishwar Desai, Viswanathan Anand , Boria Majumder, Anand Neelakantan, Kevin Missal, Ashok Banker, ParmeshShahani, Rujuta Diwekar, Nisha Narayanan, Samit Basu, Sopan Deb, Anjum Katyal, Sonu Sood, Malashri Lal, Aakar Patel, Harsh Mander, KarunaE.Parikh , VirginieCorteval, Jérôme Petit, Thibaut d’Hubert, Selvam Thorez, Deepa Mehta, Juhi Chaturvedi, Manoj Bajpai, Aseem Chhabra, Katherine Eban, Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Lisa Ray , Abhijit Bhaduri , Sandip Roy, and Avik Chanda.