4th-6th September 2012
(entrance via Macquarie Street)
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Don’t miss this very special event! This exciting forum will generate lively discussions from passionate speakers. An event of such potential and ambition has not been undertaken in this region before.
The Australia-India Literatures International Forum brings together writers from the
regional literatures of India with indigenous and multicultural writers of Australia.
The Forum will take the form of seven panel sessions and three special
presentations, which are all open to the public to attend.
Each panel comprises Australian and Indian delegates, who will make a short presentation each, followed by audience discussion moderated by the Chair.
The three special sessions explore the connection of writing
with performance, art and indenture.
Tuesday 4th September
4 pm: Special Presentation:
The word Dastangoi refers to the art of storytelling; it is a compound of two Persian words Dastan and goi that means to tell a story.
Wednesday 5th September
12 noon: Special Presentation:
Travelling languages/evolving cultures across the Pacific Ocean.
Sudesh Mishra and Vijay Mishra
In the late nineteenth-century, Indians were brought to Fiji as indentured labour to work on sugar cane plantations. This
free-flowing conversation explores the subject of indenture/girmitiya and creativity.
4:30 pm: Special Presentation:
Art and the Writer.
Rabindranath Tagore’s 2000 paintings
The first non-European Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, was also a self-taught artist who started painting at age 67.
Within 15 years, Tagore had completed over 3000 paintings, which have since become part of India’s national treasure.
Forum Panellists include: Alexis Wright, Sharan Kumar Limbale, Gogu Shyamala, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Inez Baranay, Mamang Dai, Bem le Hunte, C S Lakshmi (Ambai), Subhash Jaireth, Nicholas Jose, Girish Karnad, Malcolm Knox, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Michelle de Kretser, N S Madhavan, Uday Prakash, Manisha Jolie Amin, Roanna Gonsalves, Aashish Kaul, Chris Raja and Kunal Sharma, Kabita Dhara, Ivor Indyk, Mita Kapur, R Sivapriya and Sharon Rundle.
Panel Chairs: Peter Minter, Christopher Cyrill, Vijay Mishra, Paul Sharrad, Mita Kapur, Pam Newton, Ivor Indyk, Michael Wilding and R Sivapriya.
Speakers: Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Anthony Uhlmann Director Writing & Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney
For full program and information on the participating writers,
see our website: http://www.uws.edu.au/india
To purchase tickets to attend any of the Australia-India Literatures
International Forum public events, please go to:
or contact the State Library of NSW Bookings line: (02) 9273 1770
or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you there,