2015 Events

  • January 4, 2015 – Author Speaks session with India’s epic storyteller Ashok Banker talked about his latest book TEN KINGS and read interesting portions from it. Ashok Banker is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author of 42 books which have sold more than 20 lakh copies in 16 languages across 58 countries.  His historical mega serial ‘Chakravartin Ashok Samrat’  was telecast on Colors channel  from 5th January 2015. Additional Chief Secretary Aruna Sharma was the Chief Guest on this occasion.


  • April 4, 2015 – Book Talk session at Swami Vivekanand Library was held with Devanshi Khetarpal,  a Grade 11 student who talked about her collection of poems ‘Co:ma,to’se’ published by Partridge in 2014.  It is an enigmatic poetry collection of passionately penned poems that reflect a journey of self exploration. Devanshi has attended courses at Oxford and Cambridge. She has attended the prestigious Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference.


  • June 28, 2015 – Book Launch and a book talk session was held with Tarun Pithode, IAS officer of 2009 batch of MP cadre, author of I M Possible, a motivational novel for those pursuing their dreams. Former Chief Secretary and presently State Election Commissioner Mr Parshuram launched the book. A large number of Civil Services aspirants were also present on the occasion.


  • November 27, 2015 – Outpourings: Readings and Reflections

A literary event Outpourings: Readings and Reflections was organized on 27/11/2015 at  Antarang, Bharat Bhavan. Internationally known Indian writers from seven different states shared their creative pieces with an engaged audience of literature lovers.

Professor Malashri Lal, academic and writer, Department of English, and Dean Academic Activities at the University of Delhi is the author of 14 books.  She is the recipient of several fellowships from the Fulbright, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute and the British Council, Professor Lal read from her book Tagore and the Feminine: A Journey in Translations (Sage 2015).

The next speaker, Professor Radha Chakravarty is a writer, critic and translator. She has co-edited The Essential Tagore (Harvard and Visva Bharati), and is Professor of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi. She read from her translation of the work of Jibanananda Das, and also shared some of her own poems.

Professor Sachidananda Mohanty , Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa, Koraput and has recently been nominated as a member for Commission on Education for UNESCO. He is the recipient of several national and international awards including those from British Council, Salzburg Semars, Katha and the Fulbright programme. He has to his credit 26 books in English and in Odia. Professor Sachidananda Mohanty shared excerpts from his travel writing and his translation of Sarala Devi.

Professor Sanjukta Dasgupta is a poet, short story writer, critic and translator with many books to her credit. She was the recipient of the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship and also the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize jury panel (2003-2005). She read two poems published in her third book of poems titled First Language.

Dr. Usha Bande, till recently Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and also Visiting Professor at Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan (WB), retired as Principal Govt. College, Arki. She shared the poem “Desert Rose” with the audience.

Ms Madhu Tandan’s  presentation on Interpretation of  dreams offered interesting case studies.

Noted writers from Bhopal, Shri Dhruv Shukl, Dr Gyan Chaturvedi and Professor Zamiruddin also shared their writings.

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