Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 1

MA Baby, Minister of Education and Culture, Shashi Tharoor, MP, and Mammootty

Inaugural Session

Venue: Palace Hall
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Event 2

Vikram Seth talks to Anita Sethi

Venue: Palace Hall
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The novelist, librettist and poet discusses his writing from the verse classic The Golden Gate to An Equal Music, A Suitable Boy and Two Lives.
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Event 3

Amrita Tripathi and Anita Nair introduced by Jaishree Misra

Venue: The Reading Room
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‘Ladies Coupe’ – two versatile writers read from their recent works and discuss their approach to their craft.
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Event 4

Miguel Syjuco talks to Nilanjana Roy

Ilustrado

Venue: The Bandstand
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Syjuco’s novel won the Man Asian Literary Prize and covers a large and tumultuous historical period of the Philippines. It is ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humour.
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Event 5

Marcus du Sautoy

The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life

Venue: Palace Hall
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The author of The Number Mysteries shows us how everyday problems can be solved by maths – from smartphones and transatlantic flight to bending a ball like Beckham and predicting population growth. Marcus was mathematical consultant for Complicite’s A Disappearing Number, a theatre production that toured India in August with the British Council. Introduced by Nawaid Anjum.
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Event 6

Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Hannah Rothschild in conversation with Jisha Krishnan

Venue: The Reading Room
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The legendary film and documentary-makers discuss their life and work with The Week's editor.
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Event 7

Tarun Tejpal introduced by Shoma Chaudhury

Assassins and Masks

Venue: Palace Hall
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The iconic writer and journalist reads from his recent work.
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Event 8

Charu Nivedita talks to Rakesh Khanna

Zero Degree: Breaking boundaries in life and fiction

Venue: The Reading Room
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Charu Nivedita’s novel Zero Degree, written in Tamil in 1998 and later translated into Malayalam and English, is chock-full of foul language, graphic sex, and extreme violence. He talks with Blaft Publications’ co-founder Rakesh Khanna about Zero Degree, his other novels, translations of experimental literature to and from Tamil, censorship, and the burgeoning Tamil blogosphere.
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Event 9

Simon Schama

An Historian’s Alphabet

Venue: Palace Hall
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Take a world tour of ideas and stories with the pre-eminent historian, art critic and broadcaster, whose award-winning work includes Citizens, Landscape and Memory, A History of Britain and Rembrandt’s Eyes. He talks to Peter Florence about 26 subjects from A to Z.
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Event 10

Rupika Chawla talks to RP Raja

Raja Ravi Verma: Arts, Aesthetics and Imagery

Venue: The Reading Room
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Art historian Rupika Chawla explores the history and contemporary significance of the great Indian artist Raja Ravi Verma.
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Event 39

K Satchidanandan introduced by Namita Gokhale

‘Stammer’ – Language, literature and poetry

Venue: The Bandstand
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K Satchidanandan’s poetry is seen as the microcosm of larger trends in modern Malyalam literature. ‘Stammer’ is a hallmark poem which declares that ‘Stammer is the language of the world’.
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Event 12

Mani Shankar in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury

The Secular Fundamentalist: A contrarian view of contemporary India

Venue: Palace Hall
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Mani Shankar Aiyar, politician and intellectual at large, discusses his passionate convictions and the grand follies of public policy.
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Event 13

A Blueprint for a Safer Planet

Screening of The British Council Lecture

Venue: The Reading Room
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A film of Nicholas Stern, the climate change authority, in conversation with Rosie Boycott about Haiti, Darfur, Bangladesh and How We Can Save the World and Create Prosperity. This event was recorded at Hay Festival in Wales, 2010.
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Event 14

Asima

Opening Concert with Cultural Show presented by Kerala Tourism

Venue: Nishagandhi Amphitheatre
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Cultural show presented by Kerala Tourism

This 20-minute specially choreographed performance includes Mohiniyattam, Theyyam, Kathakali and Thiruvathira styles of traditional and classical dance from Kerala. The Mohiniyattam piece is is based on a poem by the legendary Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon. The different dance forms are woven together to offer a cross section of traditional performances of Kerala.

Asima


Asima means "...beyond boundaries". A vocal and percussion ensemble based in Trivandrum, they explore music across several genres, and draw inspiration from many sources, east and west, classical, folk and popular. There are five male vocalists (Anil Ram, Gokul, Sreekumar, Khalid and Anoop), all trained in Carnatic vocal music; one percussionist (Sajith Pappan) playing a range of South Indian drums; one drum player (Tao Issaro) and one pianist (Yakzan). Asima music is composed by Devissaro.
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Event 15

Shashi Tharoor, Anita Nair, Jaishree Misra and K Satchidanandan

Malabar Mind

Venue: Palace Hall
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Four of Kerala’s favourite writers celebrate the wonders of Malayalam literature.
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Event 16

Jorge Volpi

Venue: The Reading Room
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The Mexican novelist and essayist, recently awarded the Debate-Casa de América Prize for his essay ‘El insomnio de Bolívar’, talks to Sameer Rahim about his writing, his television work, and the future of one of the world’s most volatile and booming nations.
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Event 17

Paul Zacharia talks to Shoma Chaudhury

The Sacred and the Radical

Venue: The Bandstand
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An eminent Malayalam fiction writer and essayist, uncompromising in his social and political commitment.
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Event 18

Basharat Peer

Curfewed Night

Venue: Palace Hall
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The journalist discusses his Crossword Prize-winning book, A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir. He talks to The Week's Mandira Nayar.
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Event 19

ONV Kurup talks to K Satchindanandan

Venue: The Reading Room
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The Jnapith Award winner and Malayalam poet and lyricist from Kerala reads from his acclaimed works.
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Event 20

Sonia Faleiro and William Dalrymple

Readings and Discussions

Venue: The Bandstand
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How do you capture the life of a sex worker on the page? Sonia Faleiro and William Dalrymple have both written about very different types of prostitution – Faleiro about the bar girls of Bombay and Dalrymple about the sacred devadasis or temple prostitutes of Karnataka. The writers will read from their work and discuss the differences between the two worlds.
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