LITERARY SEMINAR OVERVIEW
The theme of the literary seminar has been envisioned as ভুবনজোড়া আসনখানি -- বাংলা ও বাঙালী (Embracing the World: Bengal and Bengalis).
The literary seminar will identify distinctive values in cultural and social lives of Bengalis living worldwide, highlighting conflicts across generations, time, place, and beliefs. Eminent literary personalities from Bengal and the West are expected to convey such issues as addressed in their work, ranging from deeply felt and intimate narratives of identity (সত্ত্বার সন্ধানে) to women’s issues in a global perspective (নারী ও শক্তি). The seminar is also intended to feature diaspora literature (অভিবাসী সাহিত্য) as well as acclaimed western authors portraying Bengal in their studies (পাশ্চাত্যের কলমে বাংলা).
Mandakranta Sen is a prominent voice in contemporary Bengali poems. After a brief stint in Medicine at Nilratan Sirkar Medical College during 1991-1997, she quit and wrote her debut volume of poetry Hriday Abadhyo Meye. The youngest winner of Anondo Puroshkar, some of her other published works include Balo Anya Bhabe, Chhadma Puran, Utsarito Alo, Akashbhara Bandhutara, Barshaphalake Gantha Har, Kavya Sangraha, Jhanpatal. She has also received the Akash Bangla Barsha Samman (2002) and Krittibas Puraskar (2003) and the Swarnajayanti Special Sahitya Academy Young Writers Award (2015) which she returned in protest of attacks on writers and rationalists
Prof. Mandakranta Bose is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr. Bose is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and the Royal Society of Canada. Among her many publications are: Classical Indian Dancing: A Glossary, Movement and Mimesis: The Idea of Dance in the Sanskritic Tradition, Nartananirnaya, The Ramayana Revisited, Sangitanarayana Women in the Hindu Tradition, and many articles including several on Tagore and on Hindu cultural and religious traditions.
Swapnamoy Chakraborty is a well- known name in the Bengali literary circle. His lucid style is liked by all. He has many best-sellers to his credit, some of which include Holde Golap, Chotushpathi, Shera Ponchashti Golpo, Bheja Barud, Anugolpo Sangroho, Abantinagar. His “Abantinagar” got him the prestigious Bankim Puroshkar in 2005. Swapnamoy Chakraborty received Ananda Puroshkar in 2015 for Holde Golap.