Literature at Kala Ghoda 2019: TELL IT SLANT

In these times, where we find strength in directness, our theme, Tell it Slant, leads us to invoke the subtlety and texture with which the word can layer our thoughts and further empower us.

Writing, reading, and the generation of ideas through literature will take the audience from the whirling energies of the Arts Festival into the quiet sanctum of the courtyard at the David Sassoon Library and on occasion, to larger spaces, to open lawns and wide skies against the iconic dome of the museum.

Literature will feature multiple languages and will present authors writing about things that have impinged profoundly onto our consciousness:

  • the city – its pain, its joy, its humanity
  • the nation – its beleaguered boundaries, its links with the world, its Constitution and its beauty
  • Gandhi – on this 150th anniversary of the birth of the Mahatma, we will have a special panel on the man and his legacy
  • 377 – new freedoms, and their meaning for love, for the law, and for society

The nuances of literature and the word that are at the core of the curation this year reference both Gandhi who experimented with the truth and Emily Dickinson who counselled ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’.

Highlights include:

  • The Hon. Justice Dr DY Chandrachud speaks about how important the Constitution is to all of us, drawing our attention to recent Supreme Court verdicts including Section 377, Sabarimala and Aadhaar.
  • Tridip Suhrud with his new critical edition of MK Gandhi’s ‘My Experiments with Truth’ speaks on the extraordinary process of putting this book together while shedding light onto the Mahatma’s thinking.
  • Reshma Qureshi, the face of Make Love Not Scars shares her story of courage and resilience in overcoming an acid attack with Meghna Pant.
  • Githa Hariharan: One of the most significant literary releases of the year award-winning author, editor and activist, Githa Hariharan’s novel I Have Become the Tide investigates the fragility and vulnerability of societies, including ones that build balance and justice into their systems.
  • Shubhangi Swarup, author of the award-winning debut novel Latitudes of Longing engages with others working on exploring the complex profundities of nature in myriad ways through their writing.
  • Aditya Bal and Pooja Dhingra join the cook book panel that takes the audience on a taste-bud tickling culinary journey across India