The Bangalore Literature Festival (27-29 September 2013)
“The Southasian Voice: Writing For Ourselves”
Organised by Hri/Himal Southasian
28 September, 1.00-2.00 pm.
Venue: Crowne Plaza @ Velankani Park, Electronics City, Bangalore
Himal Southasian, the only regional magazine published from Kathmandu and the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange are organising a unique Southasian Panel at the Bangalore Literature Festival. Writers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India will bring to bear their rich insights and experiences to enliven a panel on literature from the region.
“The Southasian Voice: Writing For Ourselves”
From the early 1980s, the phenomenon of “Indians writing in English” has gradually broadened to include writers from other parts of the region. Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, Nepalis and Bhutanese have been widely acclaimed on the global literary scene. Yet, has there been a performative aspect to writing, a targeting of the West and the Southasian diaspora as the intended audience? Not merely the language – English- but stylistically and content wise, has writing from the region looked for international recognition while bypassing audiences in our countries? And have we now begun to write for ourselves? Has the metaphor begun to be shaped by the demands of home-grown audiences?
Kanak Mani Dixit is a Nepali publisher, editor and writer. He is the founder editor of the English current affairs magazine Himal Southasianand Nepali weekly Himal Khabarpatrika, published from Kathmandu. He is the co-editor of State of Nepal and the translator of Atamabrittanta: B.P. Koirala’s Late Life Reflections. His most recent works are Dekhekho Muluk (2010) in Nepali and Peace Politics of Nepal (2011). He is the author of popular children books such as Adventures of a Nepali Frog, The Leech & I and Other Stories. He was conferred the 2009 Prince Claus Award for his role in the cultural development in Southasia.
Mira Hashmi lives and works in Lahore. A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, she has been teaching the discipline of Film Studies since 1998, and is currently Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the Lahore School of Economics. Mira has also been writing about film for various publications for over twenty years. Her areas of special interest include the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood musical. She has a special affinity for Hindimasala movies. She has two children, one of them named after her grandfather the iconic poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and the other after a character from the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She always seeks the perfect glass of cold coffee, and hopes to swim with dolphins one day.
Ashok Ferrey is the Colombo-based author of Colpetty People (2002) and The Good Little Ceylonese Girl (2006), both shortlisted for the Gratiaen Awards. Besides being an acclaimed writer, Ferry is a builder, script writer, comedian, mathematician, fitness freak and illustrator. He lectures at the Design School and Colombo School of Architecture.
Farah Ghuznavi is a writer, newspaper columnist and development worker, who remains an unrepentant idealist despite empirical evidence suggesting the wisdom of thinking otherwise.Her work has been published in the UK, US, Canada, France, Singapore, India, Nepal and her native Bangladesh. “Judgement Day” was Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Competition 2010, and “Getting There” placed second in the Oxford University GEF Competition. Currently finalizing her own short story manuscript, Farah recently edited “Lifelines”, an anthology for Zubaan Books.Farah is writer-in-residence with Commonwealth Writers, and has been a panellist at the South Asian Literature Festival (UK), and Apeejay Kolkata Lit Fest, CALM Fest Shillong, Kolkata Lit Meet and Lit for Life Chennai (India). She is also a member of the organizing committee for Hay Festival Dhaka.
Babar Ayaz is a secular humanist and the author of What’s wrong with Pakistan? (Hay House India 2013). A journalist for more than forty years, he is a regular columnist for The Daily Times, Express (Urdu daily) and Awami Awaz (Sindhi Daily). He also contributes articles for The News. He has been Pakistan correspondent of The Hindu and Frontline (India). He has worked for the Sun, Pakistan Press International, Business Recorder and Dawn. He was editor of ‘Pakistan Business Update’, the first private television news program in Pakistan. He is founding member of Forum for Secular Pakistan, member of the Executive Committee of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) and Secretary General Media Commission (Pakistan Chapter). He founded the first PR consultancy of Pakistan in 1988 and is the Chairman of the company at present.
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