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Festival Inauguration

Thursday 15 November 2012

Event 101Thursday 15 November 2012, 6pm Venue: The Bangla Academy, Dhaka

Welcoming festival-goers, with opening addresses. By invitation.

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HAY FESTIVAL DHAKA DAY PASS

Friday 16 November 2012

Event 0Friday 16 November 2012 Venue: The Bangla Academy, Dhaka

Entry to the events is free. You can pre-register, and your tickets will be available for collection at the venue.

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Conspiracies

Anis Ahmed and Mohammed Hanif talk to Sameer Rahim

Event 102Friday 16 November 2012, 10am Venue: Main Stage, Bangla Academy

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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Child's Play

Eurig Salisbury and Shamim Azad

Event 103Friday 16 November 2012, 10am Venue: KK Tea Auditorium, Bangla Academy

Welsh Children's Laureate Eurig Salisbury and bilingual storyteller Shamim Azad discuss the art of communicating with children.

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The Rebel Poet

Directed by Naila Azad

Event 104Friday 16 November 2012, 10am Venue: On the lawn, Bangla Academy

A simultaneous English and Bangla recitation of Nazrul Islam's epic lyric poem, Bidrohi. Directed by Naila Azad.

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Diverse Realities

Event 105Friday 16 November 2012, 10.30am Venue: On the lawn, Bangla Academy

Poetry in Chakma with translations, recited by Trimita Chakma, Trijinad Chakma and Pallabi Chakma.

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Tales of Liberation

Philip Hensher, Kamila Shamsie and Anisul Hoque talk to Tahmima Anam

Event 106Friday 16 November 2012, 10.45am Venue: Main Stage, Bangla Academy

Philip Hensher (Scenes From Early Life), Kamila Shamsie (Kartography), and Anisul Hoque (Ma) have all written novels set during the Bangladesh War. They discuss the intersections of history, politics and family life with novelist Tahmima Anam.

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Recitations

Event 107Friday 16 November 2012, 11am Venue: KK Tea Auditorium

Arundhati Subramaniam, Ruby Rahman, and Gillian Clarke recite poems and talk about their craft. Chaired by Ahsan Akbar.

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Across The Border

Event 108Friday 16 November 2012, 11am Venue: On the lawn

Kolkata poets Gautam Chaudhury and Probhal Kumar Boshu recite their verses along with Oriyan poet Sitakant Mahapatra.

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Debut Directors

Event 109Friday 16 November 2012, 11.45am Venue: Main stage

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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Onno Shahitto: Writing from the Fringes

Event 110Friday 16 November 2012, 11.45am Venue: KK Tea Auditorium

With Bangla and Urdu writer Javed Hussein, Chakma writer Mritika Chakma and Shuvashis Sinha. Chaired by Saimon Zakaria.

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UPL

Event 111Friday 16 November 2012, 12pm Venue: On the lawn

The veteran publisher UPL launches its new publication Rising From The Ashes: Women's Narratives of 1971, in association with Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).


Sultana Kamal, Executive Director of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) and Mohiuddin Ahmed of the University Press Limited (UPL) will launch the book. Also featuring: Shaheen Akhtar, Suraiya Begum, Meghna Guhathakurta, Hameeda Hossain and Niaz Zaman.

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Narir Lekha, Narir Dekha

Event 112Friday 16 November 2012, 12.30pm Venue: Main Stage

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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Translating

Event 113Friday 16 November 2012, 12.30pm Venue: KK Tea Auditorium

Mahmud Rahman, Anisul Hoque, Shaheen Akhtar and Kaiser Haq discuss translations of modern Bangla works. Chaired by Fakrul Alam.

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Writer's Block

Dhaka based writers collective read from their new work

Event 114Friday 16 November 2012, 12.30pm Venue: On the lawn

Readings by Munize Manzur, Samir Rahman, Farah Ghuznavi, Shazia Omar, Sal Imam, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi, Masud Khan, Sabrina Ahmad, Awrup Sanyal, Lori Simpson, MK Aaref and Saad Z. Hussain.

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Break for Friday Prayers

Event 115Friday 16 November 2012, 13.30pm Venue: Bangla Academy

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Travellers

Event 116Friday 16 November 2012, 2pm Venue: Main Stage

Featuring Bangladesh's very on Everest conquerer, Wasfia Nazreen. With fellow travel writers Shakoor Majid and Raana Haider.


Wasfia Nazreen, Founder of Bangladesh on Seven Summits, reads from her journals that she carried to the summits of the world, while showing visual anecdotes of the quest to reach the highest point of every continent.

Raana Haider reads excerpts from her books, while Shakoor Majid shares his passion for architecture, photography and travelling through words.

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Chinaman

Event 117Friday 16 November 2012, 2pm Venue: KK Tea Auditorium

2012 Commonwealth Book Prize winner Shehan Karunatikala in conversation with Fakrul Alam.

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Kobigaan

Event 118Friday 16 November 2012, 2pm Venue: On the lawn

Featuring groups led by Kobiyal Saider Rahman Bayati and Kobiyal Abul Bashar Abbasi from Manikganj.


Till today, Kobigaan has been performed in villages. Two kobiyals, along with their respective groups, engage in a verbal-musical duel and perform Kobigaan through the presentation of several forms like Daak, Malshi, Sakhi-Samvad, Kobi, Tappa, Panchaali, Jotak, Bhor/Goshtho and Mathur.

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Vikram Seth

Event 119Friday 16 November 2012, 2.45pm Venue: Main Stage

The beloved author of A Suitable Boy talks about his life and work with publisher and novelist David Davidar.

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