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Conspiracies

Anis Ahmed and Mohammed Hanif talk to Sameer Rahim

Dhaka 2012, 
Mohammed Hanif is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes, a dark, funny novel about the assassination of Ziaul Haque. Anis Ahmed's debut collection, Good Night, Mr Kissinger features a man faced with opportunity to kill Henry Kissinger. Moderated by The Telegraph, UK's Sameer Rahim.

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Debut Directors

Dhaka 2012, 
Celebrated actress and director Nandita Das and producer Catherine Masud discuss their first feature films, Firaaq and Matir Moina. Chaired by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.

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Narir Lekha, Narir Dekha

Dhaka 2012, 
Four contemporary Bangla novelists discuss their work. With Selina Hossain, Umme Muslima, Masuda Bhatti and Anwara Syed Haq. Chaired by Shahnaz Munni.

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Two Giants

Dhaka 2012, 
Fakrul Alam, Rafiqul Islam and Sitakant Mahapatra discuss the two iconic figures of Bangla literature, Rabidranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Accompanied by vocalists Audity Mohsin and Khairul Anam Shakil. Chaired by Anisuzzaman.

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Hay 25: The Way We Live Now

Dhaka 2012, 
Our panelists answer 3 of the Hay Anniversary questions:

25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees; where should they go?
What can the country and the city learn from each other?
Please teach us something important that you know.

Featuring Rizwana Hasan, award-winning environmental lawyer, Sara Hossain, barrister and human rights activist, Eurig Salisbury, Welsh Children's Laureate, novelist Kamila Shamsie, and Korvi Rakshand, youth motivator and founder of JAAGO. Chaired by Peter Florence, Director, Hay Festivals.

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Laureates

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq is one of our greatest living poets. He discusses his body of work with National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke. Chaired by Kaiser Haq.

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Kuldip Nayar

Dhaka 2012, 
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist and author, noted for his long career as a left-wing political commentator. His memoir, Beyond The Lines, is newly published in Dhaka. Panel discussion chaired by Mahfuz Anam. 

Beyond The Lines is the debut publication of The Daily Star's new publishing venture, Daily Star Books.

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Cricket

Shehan Karunatikala, Kamila Shamsie and Khademul Islam chaired by Sandip Roy

Dhaka 2012, 
Shehan Karunatikala's novel Chinaman is about a legendary cricketer; Kamila Shamsie is a member of the Author's Cricket Club, and Khademul Islam is a lifelong fan of the sport. They talk about the allure of the game with Sandip Roy.

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Publishing Trends In South Asia

Dhaka 2012, 
Editors, agents and publishers from India and Bangladesh talk about the fiction and non-fiction making waves in South Asia. With Khademul Islam, editor of Bengal Lights, VK Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor of HarperCollins India, Sivapriya Ramasary, Managing Editor, Penguin Books India, Diya Kar Hazra, Publisher (Trade), Bloomsbury India, and UPL's Mahrukh Mohiuddin. Chaired by Rubana Huq.

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Dui Banglar Shahitter Halchal

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq, Hassan Azizul Haq and Debesh Ray discuss Bangla fiction from both sides of the border. Chaired by Prothom Alo's Sajjad Sharif.

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Becoming A Writer

Dhaka 2012, 
In anticipation of the Commonwealth Short Story competition deadline on 6 December, Philip Hensher, Kaiser Haq, Mohammed Hanif and Lucy Hannah give advice to aspiring writers.

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Taboos

Dhaka 2012, 
Writer Audity Falguni, actress and director Nandita Das, poet Arundhati Subramanium, and playwright Sharbari Zohra Ahmed discuss taboos, erotica and writing the unspeakable. Chaired by Firdous Azim.

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Commonwealth Writers Conversation

Dhaka 2012, 
A panel chaired by Godfrey Smith, the award-winning writer from Belize, explores how artists can participate in the mechanisms which affect our lives and what participatory governance really means. With writer Farah Ghuznavi, entrepreneur Kamal Quadir, activist Shireen Huq and photographer Shahidul Alam.

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Shakespeare

Dhaka 2012, 
This year, all 32 of Shakespeare's plays were staged in London's Globe Theatre, performed by theatre troupes from all over the world. Kamila Shamsie talks about Shakespeare's global appeal. Followed by a short play inspired by Hamlet, presented by Aly Zaker and directed by Sara Zaker.

Darpan is not a translation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare but a free adaptation of sorts. It is a lifting of the story out of the original play's context and rewriting it for Bangla theatre. This play, though it stems from palace intrigue, deals with the universal human ramifications of love, greed and anguish. The 'play within the play' uses the folk form elements of Bangladesh. Performed by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.

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Closing

Dhaka 2012, 
Featuring Tagore's dance-drama "Shapmochon", by Pallavi Dance Centre. Followed by closing words by Professor Aniuzzaman, President of Bangla Academy, and Motiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo.

Our festival comes to an end with the soulful ballads of esoteric philosopher-poet Lalon Shah, featuring Arif Baul.