Now in its fourth edition, Lekhana once again brought together writers from Bangalore city to share conversations, discussions and readings with international writers resident at Sangam House.
Lekhana 2015 was held on January 16th, 17th and 18th. The theme for the weekend this year was Narratives of Violence, and featured a weekend of readings, conversations about literature, and performances. A special feature was a relay reading of Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman, a book targeted by the Hindu right.
All events were free and open to all, and were located in the IIHS (Indian Institute for Human Settlements) premises on Sankey Road.
Lekhana 2015 was presented by Bhoomija, and supported by IIHS. Our partners were OutofPrint Magazine and Reading Hour. The Lekhana bookstore was Atta Galatta.
FRIDAY, 16 JANUARY
7.00PM onwards Images of Violence and Resistance
The True Cost of Coal
Presentation by Tyler Norman of the Beehive Design Collective, Maine, USA
SATURDAY, 17 JAN — CONVERSATIONS AND READINGS
10.30AM – 11.30AM Writing Violence for Children
Samhita Arni, Sudeshna Shome Ghosh with Bijal Vachharajani
11.45AM – 12.45PM Fight Masters
Pawan Kumar, Chaitanya KM, with MK Raghavendra
1.00PM – 2.00PM Breaking the Line, Violating the Page
Cindy Lynn Brown, Rohan Chhetri with Mani Rao
2.30PM – 3.30PM Manto for our Times
Dramatic readings directed by Kirtana Kumar with respondent Aakar Patel
3.45PM – 4.45PM The Life of Violence
Liam Pieper, Godfrey Pereira with Sanjay Iyer
5.00PM – 6.00PM Translation as Violence
Mani Rao, Eric Auzoux, V Ramaswamy with Arshia Sattar
6.30PM onwards How to Kill a Language
Kya Hai Ki Kya Nai Ki — Dakhani: A Tongue Untied (IFA screening)
Director Gautam Pemmaraju in conversation with Deepa Dhanraj
SUNDAY, 18 JAN — CONVERSATIONS AND READINGS
10.30AM – 11.30AM Narratives of Hate
Rheea Mukherjee, Christopher Kloeble with Indira Chandrasekhar
11.45AM – 12.45PM Landscapes of War
Raghu Karnad, Rohini Mohan with Suresh Menon
1.00PM – 2.00PM Violence in the City
Mahesh Rao, Saskya Jain, V. Ramaswamy with MK Raghavendra
2.30PM – 3.30PM Reporting Violence
Suresh Menon, Gita Aravamudan, Deepa Dhanraj with Indira Chandrasekhar
3.45PM – 4.45PM Shot by a Short Story
Jahnavi Barua, Shinie Antony with Madhavi Mahadevan
5.00PM – 6.00PM Sahitya Akademi/Atta Galatta Session
Anjum Hasan with Mahesh Rao
The Open Reading Room
Writers sign themselves up to read, either on their own or with a reading partner or with an interlocutor of their choice. Running through the day on Saturday and Sunday.
Manto for our Times
Dramatised Readings of selected excerpts from short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto (directed by Kirtana Kumar) with Aakar Patel as a respondent.
How to Kill a Language
Dakhani: A Tongue Untied (directed by Gautam Pemmaraju, supported by India Foundation for the Arts), 110 mins.
A close, intimate look at the tradition of comic-satire performance poetry in Dakhani (Urdu of the Deccan) known as Mizahiya Shayri. These poets of the Deccan are amongst the few who keep the long literary traditions of the language alive, albeit in a lighter vein. The film examines the history of the tradition, the styles, content of the pioneers, and also of contemporary poets and how the practice of public performance poetry at mushairas is linked with not just the decline of Muslim social culture in the Deccan, but also the fall of the Hyderabad state and the general decline of Urdu.
Images of Violence and Resistance
The True Story of Coal (by The Beehive Design Collective, Maine, USA)
Long exploited as a resource-extraction colony within the US, the Appalachian mountains are home to a fight for survival which has determined, in part, the industrial power of the US. Without coal, mined at a great cost to Appalachian communities, there would be no ‘cheap’ electricity. Today’s energy corporations and government bodies are continuing to show the extent of their greed and short-sightedness as they push their extractive agendas in the “New Coal Rush.” The presentation will expose the deceptions of “clean coal” technologies and bring to light the root causes of the climate chaos the planet is facing today. The Beehive Design Collective is an all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools.
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