Friday Events @KCCLibrary | April & May

We're thrilled to kick off our Friday Events series at the KCC Library! Join us for thought-provoking talks, captivating discussions, presentations, and film screenings every Friday. We aim to redefine/reimagine the library beyond books and reading rooms, cultivating a space for knowledge sharing, artistic exploration, and community connections.

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FOLK AND RELIGIOUS ICONOGRAPHIES IN RITWIK GHATAK'S FILMS

A talk by Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay

Date: 10th May 2024 
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM 
Venue: KCC Library 

This May 10th we have Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay to take us through the folk and religious iconographies in modern Bengali cinema, with a special focus on Ritwik Ghatak’s Subarnarekha (1965).

The event is free and open to all but prior registration is mandatory!
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About the speaker
Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay is a known Ritwik Ghatak scholar and author, as well as a commentator on social issues.Having headed the department of Film Studies at Jadavpur University for more than eight years, Mukhopadhyay is also known for his critical discourse on cultural modernity.

GROWING WITH MANI DA'S BOOKS: AN EDITOR'S THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES

A conversation with Samik Bandyopadhyay 

Date: 17th May 2024 
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM 
Venue: KCC Library

This May 17th, Samik Bandyopadhyay will tell us all about the kind of work that went behind the making of the acclaimed books compiling KGS’s writings, such as The Living Tradition and The Creative Circuit, published by Seagull and available at the ongoing survey exhibition of KGS at Emami Art. Bandyopadhyay will share his memories as an editor and friend of the artist, and talk about his inspiration behind translating KGS’s works.

The event is free and open to all but prior registration is mandatory!
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About the Speaker
Scholar, editor-publisher, translator, lexicographer, bibliophile, Samik Bandyopadhyay is the Rabindranath Tagore National Fellow at the School for Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi, and Member, Publication Committee, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. He was ICCR Chair at the Department of Theatre Studies; Visiting Professor, Freie Universität, Berlin; Vice-Chairman, National School of Drama; and Member, National School of Drama Society.

SHERPA: THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE HIMALAYAS

A Talk by Debasish Biswas 

Date: 24th May 2024 
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
Venue: KCC Library, 5th floor 

This May 24th we have with us Debasish Biswas who will speak on his journey as a mountaineer, the Sherpa community who he has worked closely with, and his observations on their lifestyle and occupation.

The event is free and open to all but prior registration is mandatory!
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About the speaker
Debasish Biswas, a Tenzing Norgey National Adventure Awardee, is a Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax. He participated in 23 mountaineering expeditions in the Indian and Nepal Himalayas, and is the only civilian Indian to climb five eight-thousander peaks. He has authored a number of books on his experiences and has directed several movies on various mountaineering expeditions.

KG SUBRAMANYAN’S ILLUSTRATED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: A DRAMATIC READING 

Led by Ruchira Mukherjee 

Date: 31st May 2024 
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
Venue: KCC Library, 5th floor 

This May 31st we have arranged for a dramatic reading of the most delightful children’s books written and illustrated by KG Subramanyan! Led by Ruchira Mukherjee, this session takes inspiration from the ongoing research-based survey show on KGS curated by Nancy Adajania at Emami Art, and the books published by Seagull we have at the KCC Library.
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About the performer
Ruchira Mukherjee is an evolving educator utilizing play and art-based methods for young learners, passionate theatre practitioner, actor, and musician with an M.A. in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College.

MY MUSICAL INTRODUCTION TO MOHEENER GHORAGULI

Led by Diptanshu Roy with Annie Mukherjee

Date: 3rd April 2024 
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
Venue: KCC Library, 5th floor

The KCC Library is a growing art library that lies at the heart of the Kolkata Centre for Creativity. In addition to books and a space for reading and research, KCC Library organizes Friday Events @KCC Library, a year-round program of diverse activities – writer’s and artist’s talks, conversations, film-screening, and discussions, and performances – at the library space every Friday. The aim is to redefine the Library as an active physical site of learning and knowledge exchange in the digital age when most readers are accustomed to online resources. On 3rd May 2024, Diptanshu Roy aka Dolinman, the first Bluegrass mandolin player from India who will provide us with a musical introduction to the beloved Bengali rock band of the 1970s – Moheener Ghoraguli. He will be accompanied by Annie Mukherjee, a research scholar, and a Moheen fan.

The event is free and open to all but prior registration is mandatory!
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About the performer
Diptanshu Roy, aka Dolinman is an art director, graphic designer, creative director and musician, working in advertising and the music industry. He is perhaps the first Bluegrass mandolin player from India, and his renditions of Bengali folk melodies highlight unlikely parallels between the folk traditions of Bengal and Appalachia.

HITCHCOCK'S PYSCHO AND THE SHAPING OF CORPSE: AN AUTHOR'S TAKE ON ARINDAM CHATTERJEE'S PAINTINGS 

A Talk by Subarna Mondal 

Date: 26th April 2024 
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
Venue: KCC Library, 5th floor

On April 26 at 5:30 pm, Kolkata-based film scholar and educator Dr. Subarna Mondal joins us for a talk session that connects her book on Hitchcock's famous film Psycho – Gothic horror, Mummy Complex, and Corpse – to our time's cultural, social, and political experiences. The talk that will build on Mondal's decades-long research into the power of cinematic images will explore critical concepts that continue to inform contemporary art discourses.
The book's story will converge into an analysis of the noted Bengali painter Arindam Chatterjee's paintings, one of which she used as her cover image. Chatterjee's paintings are on view in his solo exhibition Not a Dream, Not Peace, Not Love, at Emami Art.

Renowned film scholar Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay will introduce the author and her book and participate in a conversation with her.

The event is open and free for all but prior registration is mandatory!
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About Subarna Mondal
Subarna Mondal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The Sanskrit College and University Kolkata, India. The author has completed her PhD from Jadavpur University, Department of Film Studies, India. Her areas of interest include late-Victorian Gothic literature, the Gothic on screen, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

About Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay 
Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay is a known Ritwik Ghatak scholar and author, as well as a commentator on social issues. Having headed the Department of Film Studies at Jadavpur University for more than eight years, Mukhopadhyay is also known for his critical discourse on cultural modernity.