Kala ghoda Art Festival 2013


The Book of Changes

"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree" - Ezra Pound

They say literature feeds the curiosity of the soul and sets the mind on newer adventures. This year at KalaGhoda Arts Festival come and be a part of book launches, discussions and poetry sessions. Get inspired at the panel discussions and participate in workshops and quizzes.

Our thematic for the 2013 festival is 'THE BOOK OF CHANGES'.  We look forward to seeing you at David Sasoon Library and Kitab Khana where we will host several children's workshops.

We sincerely thank Arbour Research Initiatives in Architecture , ATE Enterprises , Asmita Mohite, Kamal Vora, Naresh Fernandes, Jerry Pinto, Supriya Nair, Nancy Adajania, Harsha Bhatkal, Amrita Chowdhury,Parinita Shetty, Sonali Jain, Sangeeta Bhansali, Kitab Khana and Amrita Somaiya and Hena Kapadia for their support and collaboration.

All programs listed on this website were correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Travel Writing Workshop by Dilip D’Souza

10:00 am - 3:00pm at Kala Ghoda Association Office

Dilip D’Souza trained in engineering at BITS Pilani and computer science at Brown University. After years in software, he began writing because that was where his passion lay. His writing has appeared in Caravan, The Hindustan Times, Fountain Ink, Seminar, the Washington Post, Salon, The Daily Beast and Newsweek, among many others. He has published four books (most recently, "The Curious Case of Binayak Sen" and "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America"), and has won several writing awards/fellowships, including the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize, the Wolfson College (Cambridge) Press Fellowship and the 2012 Newsweek/Daily Beast Prize. He lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha, children Surabhi and Sahir. Their cats Cleo and Aziz rule.

Limited seating, to register for the workshop, email lit@kalaghodaassociation.com 

Women, Gender Politics, Public Space

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at David Sassoon Library Gardens


Dilip D’Souza, Shilpa Phadke, Kalpana Sharma moderated by Bishakha Datta


Keynote Lecture: Ahdaf Souief respondent: Kaiwan Mehta

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at David Sassoon Library Gardens

Novelist Ahdaf Soueif lives in London and Cairo.She writes regularly for The Guardian and is a key political commentator on Egypt and Palestine. She is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, Pal Fest.

Ulla Lenze: reading from her new novel (respondent: Ranjit Hoskote)

7:45 pm - 8:45 pm at David Sassoon Library Gardens

Ulla Lenze is a German author based in Berlin. She studied music and philosophy in Cologne. Her novel ‚Sister and Brother’ was awarded with several prizes, including the Ernst-Willner-Prize at the Klagenfurt Bachmann competition and the Juergen Ponto-Prize for the best debut novel in 2003. Her second novel ‚Archanu’ was released in 2008. Her new novel ‘Der kleine Rest des Todes’ (What little remains of Death) was highly acclaimed and selected on the SWR Bestenliste in May 2012. Since age sixteen she has been visiting India regularly. In 2010 she was writer-in-residence in Mumbai, invited by the Max Mueller Bhavan and Kunststiftung NRW.


Jeet Thayil in conversation with Ranjit Hoskote

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm at David Sassoon Library Gardens

JEET THAYIL’s four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct (winner of the 2012 Sahitya Akademi Award for English), and he is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. He is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil, and his libretto for the opera Babur in London toured internationally last year. His debut novel Narcopolis was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker prize and will be published in ten languages. He lives in New Delhi.


Jerry Pinto In Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm at David Sassoon Library Gardens

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of five novels, the latest of which is The Immortals. Among the many prizes he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He is also a highly respected critic, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. Amit Chaudhuri lives in Kolkata and Norwich, and is also an acclaimed musician. 

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