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  • Conspiracies

    Anis Ahmed and Mohammed Hanif talk to Sameer Rahim

    ConspiraciesMohammed 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 10am - Main Stage, Bangla Academyaudio available

  • Debut Directors

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

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 11.45am - Main stageaudio available

  • Narir Lekha, Narir Dekha

    Narir Lekha, Narir DekhaFour contemporary Bangla novelists discuss their work. With Selina Hossain, Umme Muslima, Masuda Bhatti and Anwara Syed Haq. Chaired by Shahnaz Munni.

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 12.30pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Two Giants

    Two GiantsFakrul 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 3.45pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Hay 25: The Way We Live Now

    Hay 25: The Way We Live NowOur 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 4.45pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Laureates

    LaureatesSyed 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 5.45pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Kuldip Nayar

    Kuldip NayarKuldip 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Friday 16 November 2012, 6.30pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Cricket

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

    CricketShehan 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 10am - Main Stage, Bangla Academyaudio available

  • Publishing Trends In South Asia

    Publishing Trends In South AsiaEditors, 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 11am - Main Stageaudio available

  • Dui Banglar Shahitter Halchal

    Dui Banglar Shahitter HalchalSyed Shamsul Haq, Hassan Azizul Haq and Debesh Ray discuss Bangla fiction from both sides of the border. Chaired by Prothom Alo's Sajjad Sharif.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 12pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Becoming A Writer

    Becoming A WriterIn 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 1pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Taboos

    TaboosWriter 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 1.45pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Commonwealth Writers Conversation

    Commonwealth Writers ConversationA 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 3.30pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Shakespeare

    ShakespeareThis 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 4.30pm - Main Stageaudio available

  • Closing

    ClosingFeaturing 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.

    Dhaka 2012, Saturday 17 November 2012, 6.30pm - On the lawnaudio available

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