Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob (ABSU), India’s first Bangla Literary Festival created by the nearly 100 year old Oxford Bookstores in 2015 revolves around portraying richness of tradition and Bengali literature. The sixth edition of the Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob curated by Oxford Bookstores and in association with Prabha Khaitan Foundation will stream LIVE on Social Media Platforms on 15th and 16th of January 2021. With the rising popularity of Social Media content and OTT platforms due to its worldwide reach, India’s first Bengali literature festival goes global online, so that the audiences across the globe can enjoy its beauty from their home.
Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob was conceptualized in 2015 at Oxford Bookstores. In subsequent years with growing interest in Bangla literature and enthusiastic participation of the audience, the festival moved to Apeejay Lawns and then to the heart of Bangla Literature, the abode of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Jorasankho Thakurbari. ABSU inaugurated its unique theme song composed by the renowned Surojit Chatterjee in 2019. Going by the motto-digital is the new local- ABSU21 will be held online keeping in mind the ease of access, the broadening of participation, the availability of viewing the sessions at convenience and interacting with the delegates while observing health and safety norms.
The year 2020 has seen milestones with the birth centenary of Oscar Winning Filmmaker Satyajit Ray and the demise of legendary actor and writer Soumitra Chattopadhyay. The festival will pay tribute to these legends and it will portray discussions on digitization of content, literature for the teens, evolution of sports writing and the occult in contemporary writings and much more. This edition will also highlight new and upcoming voices from the world of Bangla writing world and it will also inherit the cultural importance of eminent authors of Bengal. The literature festival celebrates its richness of Bengali culture associated with its literary adda.
Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob 2021 include Ray researcher and journalist Debashis Mukhopadhyay; sports journalist Sabyasachi Sarkar; authors Prasenjit Dasgupta, Sayantani Putatunda and Sirsho Bandhopadhyay; writers Binod Ghosal and Debarati Mukhopadhyay; theatre artiste, Poulami Bose; Interdisciplinary artiste Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee; and writer Sadat Hossain from Bangladesh to name a few.
The sixth edition of ABSU will stream LIVE on the official Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob Facebook Page on 15- 16 January 2021, 4 pm onwards.
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