October 10, 2015
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September 10, 2012
Tags: "little bit long time", Aashish Kaul, Alexis Wright, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Anthony Uhlmann, Australia, Bem le Hunte, Brass Monkey Books Australia, Carpentaria, Christopher Raja, Consul-General of India in Sydney, Dalit, Giramondo Press, Girish Karnad, India, Inez Baranay, Ivor Indyk, Judith Beveridge, Kabita Dhara, Kunal Sharma, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, Malcolm Knox, Mamang Dai, Manisha Jolie Amin, Michelle Cahill, Michelle de Kretser, Mita Kapur, Mr Arun Kumar Goel, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, N S Madhavan, Prabodh Parikh, R Sivapriya, Roanna Gonsalves, Sharon Rundle, Siyahi, State Library NSW, Subhash Jaireth, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Telangana, Translations and Classics Penguin Books India, Uday Prakash, University of Western Sydney Writing and research Centre
The Australia-India Literatures International Forum held at the State Library of NSW from 4 – 6 September, as promised, generated ‘lively discussions from passionate speakers’.
AILIF was officially opened by the Consul-General of India in Sydney, Mr Arun Kumar Goel and it brought together readers, writers, translators, editors, agents and publishers from Australia and the Indian subcontinent.
Mahmood Farooqui skilfully demonstrated Dastangoi, the revival of the art of telling Dastans or epic stories of adventure, magic and warfare by reciting or reading aloud. Sudesh Mishra and Vijay Mishra explored the creativity of Indians who were brought to sugar cane plantations in Fiji as indentured labour in the late nineteenth-century. Prabodh Parikh presented Art and the Writer: Rabindranath Tagore’s 2000 paintings.
Seven panels over the three days discussed motivation to write; the struggle against injustice and inequality; the importance of local languages and dialects; alienation from land, animals and tradition; storytelling as protest; the important role that writers have in telling the truth; the power of myth and legend in writing and storytelling. Mamang Dai, Inez Baranay, Subhash Jaireth, Girish Karnad, Malcolm Knox, Manisha Jolie Amin, Roanna Gonsalves, Bem Le Hunte, Michelle de Kretser, Suneeta Peres da Costa, N S Madhavan, Uday Prakash, Christopher Raja, Aashish Kaul and Kunal Sharma spoke about crossing borders, a sense of place, dislocation, the home of the imagination, place as a construct, ‘fossilised memory’, ‘rearranged identity’, ‘languages as legitimisation’ and ‘what is Indian anyway’?
Highlights included: gut-wrenching poems by Ali Cobby Eckermann, from her collection little bit long time, which left the audience stunned and lingered on in the mind. Alexis Wright bringing to our attention the importance of ancient lore, the voice of the Elders, temporal rather than linear stories, before reading from Carpentaria. Gogu Shyamala, Dalit feminist and Telangana activist. C S Lakshmi (Ambai), feminist and activist, who revealed her take on the world and her experiences with wit and humour. All of which helped to create a deeper understanding of the challenges regularly encountered.
Award winning poets Judith Beveridge, Michelle Cahill, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih and Prabodh Parikh spoke about the poetic imagination and treated the audience to their strong and subversive poems.
The final panel session of editors, translators and publishers explained the practical hurdles of publishing books in regional languages and in finding skilled translators; as well as the responsibility of editing and publishing stories in localised variations of english in literature. Kabita Dhara, publisher at Brass Monkey Books Australia, Ivor Indyk from Giramondo Press, Mita Kapur author and CEO of Siyahi, R Sivapriya Managing Editor of Translations and Classics Penguin Books India and Sharon Rundle who has co-edited Indo-Australian books for Picador (Australia, India) and Brass Monkey Books emphasised the importance of publishing transnational writing and translations.
The State Library NSW book shop stocked books by the various speakers, including ‘Alien Shores’ and ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito’. It was quite a thrill to see them on display there.
Huge congratulations to the organisers, Mridula Nath Chakraborty and Anthony Uhlmann Director of the University of Western Sydney Writing and research Centre; and the State Library of NSW, for this essential and welcome initiative.
AILIF was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-India Council and the Australia Council; Copyright Agency Ltd Cultural Fund; Australia India Institute; State Library of NSW; The Taj Foundation.
A full report is published in the current issue of The Indian Herald.
August 22, 2012
Tags: 4th-6th September 2012, Aashish Kaul, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Anthony Uhlmann Director Writing & Society Research Centre, Australia, Australia-India Literatures International Forum, Bem le Hunte, C S Lakshmi (Ambai), Chris Raja and Kunal Sharma, Christopher Cyrill, Girish Karnad, Gogu Shyamala, India, indigenous and multicultural writers of Australia, Inez Baranay, Ivor Indyk, Kabita Dhara, Malcolm Knox, Mamang Dai, Manisha Jolie Amin, metcalfe auditorium, Michael Wilding and R Sivapriya. Speakers: Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Michelle de Kretser, Mita Kapur, N S Madhavan, Nicholas Jose, Pam Newton, Panellists include: Alexis Wright, Paul Sharrad, R Sivapriya and Sharon Rundle. Panel Chairs: Peter Minter, Rabindranath Tagore, regional literatures of India, Roanna Gonsalves, Sharan Kumar Limbale, Subhash Jaireth, Sudesh Mishra, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Uday Prakash, University of Western Sydney, Vijay Mishra
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: email@example.com
I look forward to seeing you there,