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9:00 – 10:00 AM | BAHA’I CHANTS | Lawn
10:00 – 11:00 AM | SHADHONA | Main Stage
Dance performance by Shadhona of the folk dance drama of Padmar Nachon, the epic story of the Goddess Manasha and folk hero Behula.
10:00 – 11:00 AM | IN OTHER WORDS: LIBRARY OF BANGLADESH| KK Tea Stage
Deborah Smith, Arunava Sinha, Carles Torner, Kaiser Haq with Daniel Hahn
The five will celebrate the unveiling of new titles from the Dhaka Translation Center while discussing issues of cross-border communication.
10:00 – 11:00 AM | ENGLISH RECITATIONS 2| Lawn
Shehzar Doja, Syeda Ahmad, Fatema Hassan, Jeffrey Yang and Ahmatjan Osman
10:00 – 11:00 PM | CAN INDIA SPEAK? | Main Stage
Naresh Fernandes, Manjula Narayan, and Sriram Karri with Max Rodenbeck
10:00 – 12:15 AM | FILM SCREENING: BLOCKADE| Cosmic Tent
10:00 – 11:00 AM | HASHER PAYE GHURI| Bottola
A story-telling session by Nazia Jabeen for children of all ages.
11:15 AM– 12:15 PM | THE NEW WORLD DISORDER | Main Stage
Max Rodenbeck, Ben Judah, Rosamund Urwin, Zafar Sobhan and Justin Rowlatt discuss how this tumultuous new world can settle, and how much more trouble it might see before it does.
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM | NARI O NARITTO | KK Tea Stage
Nasima Anis, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, Papree Rahman, Sadia Mahjabin Imam, with Udisa Islam
11:15 AM– 12:15 PM | 3 SECTIONS | Lawn
Vijay Seshadri in conversation with Karthika VK
Hear what Seshadri has to say to one of the leading editors from India about being a citizen of the world, the creative process of writing poetry, his influences, and the strangeness of growing up in Columbus, Ohio in the 1960s.
11:15 AM–12:15 PM | SUFI SOUL| BRAC Stage
Sadia Dehlvi and Salimullah Khan, moderated by Amina Yaqin discuss the enlightened, inclusive and pluralistic narratives of Islam
11:15 AM– 12:15 PM | DISCUSSION ON FILM: BLOCKADE | Cosmic Tent
11:15 – 12:15 PM | CHILDREN’S PLAYS- BIDDYABHUBAN | Bottola
12:30 – 1:30 PM | NASTY WOMEN | Main Stage
Lady Naipaul, Rosamund Urwin, Evie Wyld, Deborah Smith and Bee Rowlatt delve into cultural prejudices that make it easy to denigrate strong, accomplished women.
12:30 – 1:30 PM | ON RECORD | KK Tea Stage
Vidya Shah, a prolific performer and composer trained in Carnatic and North Indian classical music, in conversation with journalist and film-maker Simon Broughton, the chief world music critic for the London Evening Standard.
12:30 – 1:30 PM | BENEATH THE SURFACE | Lawn
With beautiful prose and acute observations, writers Amy Sackville, Dilruba Z. Ara and Leonora Christina Skov, talk to Nirupama Subramanian about how, as women, they bring out these realities through their writing.
12:30 –1:30 PM | THE SEASON AFTER SPRING | BRAC Stage
Nael Eltoukhy and Marcia Lynx Qualey with Max Rodenbeck
The Arab Spring created great expectations; but besides Tunisia, the uprisings only led to brutal crackdowns. People who know the region well discuss what comes after a season of such hopes, so brutally dashed.
12:30 – 1:30 PM | ARTFULLY INARTICULATE | Cosmic Tent
Nuhash Humayun, Kazi Istela, and Mahenaz Chowdhury with Prabda Yoon traverse love, family and dysfunctional relationships through graphic storytelling.
12:30 – 1:30 PM | STORY TELLING | Bottola
Chador Wangmo with stories from our neighbor Bhutan
2:00 – 3:00 PM | SHAHITTO JOKHON SHOBAR| Main Stage
Imdadul Haq Milon, Moinul Ahsan Saber, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay and Imtiar Shamim with Andalib Rashdi
2:00 – 3:00 PM | PAVING THE WAY | KK Tea Stage
Bee Rowlatt with Firdous Azim
Bee Rowlatt’s book In Search of Mary seeks to answer as well as raise some important questions on motherhood and emancipation
2:00 – 3:00 PM | MONCHO JOKHON AMAR | Lawn
Sara Zaker and others, with Bonna Mirza
2:00 – 3:00 PM | PUBLISHING PAINS | BRAC Stage
Eddin Khoo, Prabda Yoon, Mahrukh Mohiuddin and Karthika VK with Shehzar Doja
2:00 – 3:00 PM | ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN | Cosmic Tent
Tim Cope and Vivek Menezes
Join Tim Cope’s unmissable session to hear a very personal story of extreme adventure and endurance.
2:00 – 3:00 PM | THE GOETHE INSTITUT: RECITATIONS | Bottola
Sajjad Sharif and Shahnaz Munni
3:15 – 4:15 PM | LITERATURE: ALWAYS POLITICAL | Main Stage
Nael Eltoukhy, Evie Wyld, Ben Judah, K Anis Ahmed with Nicholas Lezard
The four authors on this panel represent four different continents—Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia—and vastly different thematic preoccupations. With Nicholas Lezard, described as the ‘most influential’ reviewer in Britain
3:15 – 4:15 PM | BANGLAR TIKEY THAKA – AJ, KAAL, PORSHU| KK Tea Stage
Firoz Ahmed, Indranil Roychowdhury, Ahmad Mostofa Kamal, Manosh Chowdhury with Garga Chatterjee
3:15 – 4:15 PM | KOBI JIBON; JIBONER KOBITA| Lawn
Nirmalendu Goon, Kamal Chowdhury with Shamim Reza
3:15 – 4:15 PM | BIRANGONA: SURVIVING WAR, SURVIVING PEACE | BRAC Stage
Nayanika Mookherjee, Firdous Azim and Shireen Huq with Sadaf Saaz probe into the contemporary reality of Birangonas within historical and cultural contexts.
3:15 – 4:15 PM | JALSA | Cosmic Tent
3:15 – 4:15 PM | AMPERSAND | Bottola
Bangladesh’s first spoken word poetry group perform a range of pieces
4:30 – 5:30 PM | BREXIT BLUES | Main Stage
Ben Judah, Alex Preston and Rosamund Urwin with Justin Rowlatt
4:30 – 5:30 PM | DEATH OF LITERATURE | KK Tea Stage
Karthika VK, Arunava Sinha, Nicholas Lezard with Charlie Campbell
4:30 – 5:30 PM | SOCIAL CLIMBERS| BRAC Stage
Social economists Naila Kabeer and Hossain Zillur Rahman discuss the achievements, complexities and challenges of trying to reduce the equity gap with Riti Ibrahim, ex-Secretary of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Brac’s Legal and Human Rights Head Farisa Kabir, and Naresh Fernandes of Scroll, India.
4:30 – 5:30 PM | LAUNCHING LOCATIONS | Cosmic Tent
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Nayanika Mookherjee, Saif Ul Haque, and MK Aaref
Marking the Bangladesh launch of Locations, an international anthology of architecture and urbanism
4:30 – 5:30 PM | PALA GAAN | Bottola
Boyoti Shah Alam and team
5:45 – 6:45 PM | THE WRITER AND THE WORLD: VS NAIPAUL | Main Stage
One of the greatest living writers, Nobel Prize-winning VS Naipaul, in conversation with DLF director Ahsan Akbar about his literary work
6.45: 7.30 PM | TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN BY STONE FREE | Bottola