Fridays @KCCLibrary | June & July

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.

Monographing Hemendranath Mazumdar

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

This June 7th, we have author Anuradha Ghosh talking about her latest book Hemendranath Mazumdar (2016), a monograph that tries to look beyond the considerable, if rather limiting, fame of Hemendranath as a painter of wet-saree-clad women, and attempts to explore new perspectives in order to understand his significance in Indian art history. Archivist and researcher Arkaprava Bose will join Ghosh as a discussant. 

About the speaker:
Anuradha Ghosh (b.1969) is an Associate Professor in English at Dinabandhu Andrews College, Kolkata. She began her career as a journalist with Business Standard and Ananda Bazar Patrika and has spoken and written extensively on art and aesthetics and cultural studies. Her co-authored volume The Great Journey of Shapes: Collages of Nandalal Bose (2015) is the first-ever close analysis of the collages of the celebrated artist.
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SORROW IN TAGORE’S POETRY

A talk and poetry-reading session by Ishan Chakraborty
Date: 21st June 2024
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM  
Venue: KCC Library, 5th floor

About the Event:  

This June 21st Prof Ishan Chakraborty will be talking about and performing on the topic of রবীন্দ্রকাব্যে দুঃখ (Sorrow in Tagore's Poetry). There will be an intellectual discussion complemented by readings of Tagore’s devotional poems, love poems, narrative poems, and some poems from the Gitanjali, along with background music, blending literature, music, and some of Tagore's core ideals about life, loss, and hope. This session is specially designed in synchronization with our other events celebrating the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore from 20th – 22nd June 2024.

About the Speaker:

Ishan Chakraborty is an Assistant Professor, The Department of English, Jadavpur University, who is also a performer of Tagore's poems, a scholar of Tagore's oeuvre, and a person with deafblindness. His areas of interest include Tagore, theatre, 19th century, and disability studies.

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THE RED BARI STORY: HERITAGE BUILDINGS OF KOLKATA AND THEIR FUTURE 

An Illustrated Talk by Avantika Jalan and Keerat Garcha
Date: 28th June 2024
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM  
Venue: KCC Library, 5th floor  

This June 28th, we have arranged an illustrated talk by Avantika Jalan and Keerat Garcha on the future of heritage buildings in Kolkata, with a particular focus on Jalan’s work behind restoring The Red Bari at Kalighat and breathing life into it by repurposing it as a coffee shop, coworking space, event space and more.

About the Speakers:  

Avantika Jalan is an entrepreneur who has been working in the tea industry for over 10 years. Her core work is in sustainable agriculture, community building and creating opportunity to bring the values of sustainability to her businesses, and the industry as a whole. She is the founder of Mana Ventures Pvt. Ltd. whose latest project is The Red Bari – restoring and repurposing heritage building in Kolkata.
Keerat Garcha is a heritage and art conservator with an inclination towards collection care management in museums and art institutions. She is currently working at KCC Conservation Lab, a unit of Anamika Kala Sangam Trust, supported by Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative.

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