The sixth edition of the Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob (ABSU) curated by Oxford Bookstore in association with Prabha Khaitan Foundation, commenced today. The festival will be held online fully, keeping in the mind around the circumstances the literature festival commences today in their facebook page. Held over two days – 15 and 16 of January 2021, the festival offers an array of discussions and dialogues between delegates from India, Bangladesh and Germany.
Welcoming the audience to the festival, Mr Swagat Sengupta, Festival Director comments , “ Going by the motto-digital is the new local- ABSU 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. With the rising popularity of Social Media content and OTT platforms due to its worldwide reach, India’s first and only Bangla Literary Festival this year will exceed geographical boundaries, making it possible for the viewers to listen and interact with stalwarts of Bangla literature from the comforts of their homes around the globe. The 6th Edition of the Festival will feature sessions paying tribute to the legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay. It will also have discussions on sports literature, post-adulthood writings, the charting of black magic from lores to literature and many others. Going truly global this year, the Festival will have delegates from three countries- India, Bangladesh and Germany discussing global Bangla literature.”
Associate Partner, Manisha Jain, Communication and Branding Chief, Prabha Khaitan Foundation added- “The genesis of the Foundation had been crafted to connect the world of literature to as many as possible. We function in nearly 35 cities of India and overseas promoting literature hosting events in various languages like Bangla, English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Arabic, Odia, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Magahi, Rajasthani, etc. By collaborating with Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob, we aim to explore the richness of our Bengal’s regional roots and cherish the true soul of literature.”
The inauguration will be followed by Lekhaye Khela : Khela Niye Lekhalikhi (Sports-writing in Literature) from 4 pm – 5 pm , a session exploring the world of sports literature in contemporary times. What was started by the iconic Moti Nandy seems to be going through a rough patch now. Does sports writing have a relevance in present literature? Are authors willing to write fiction / non-fiction or biographies and auto biographies? What does the voice of the Fourth Estate have to say about the same? These and much more will be explored during the session. The panelists include Debashis Dutta, Senior Sports Journalist; Sabyasachi Sarkar, Poet, Novelist and Sports Journalist; Sambit Basu, Journalist; moderated by Arpan Gupta, Print and Social Media Sports Writer.