Visit of Ms. Namita Gokhale, Writer, Publisher and Festival Director
Ms. Namita Gokhale, Writer, Publisher and Festival Director will visit Sri Lanka from 22-27 July, 2012 to deliver lectures under Distinguished Visitors’ Programme of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation.
Ms. Namita Gokhale is the author of seven works of fiction and several non-fiction books. Her novels include Paro: Dreams of Passion, Gods Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: the Play of Memory, and Priya in Incredible Indyaa, which resurrects some memorable characters from her debut novel Paro. Her recent, much acclaimed collection of short stories, The Habit of love, was published in January, 2012.
Passionately committed to showcasing writing from across the Indian languages, Ms. Namita Gokhale is member –secretary of Indian Literature Abroad (ILA) an initiative of the Ministry of Culture to translate from the 22 Indian languages. She is a founder-director of the famous Jaipur Literature Festival (with William Dalrymple) and also a Director of Mountain Echoes: the Bhutan Literary Festival, and adviser to The Kathmandu Litarary Jatra and other literary initiatives.
The Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies (CCIS), University of Colombo has organized a lecture titled “Many Languages One Literature” by Ms. Namita Gokhale at the Department of Sinhala Auditorium on Monday, 23 July, 2012 at 1100 Hrs.
Ms. Namita Gokhale would also be visiting Kandy and deliver a lecture on the theme “Readings and Dialogue” organized by the Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy at the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hantana Road, Kandy on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 1500 hrs.
A public lecture on the theme “Singular Pluralities – Perspectives on South Asian Literature” will be held in association with the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) at the BCIS auditorium on Wednesday 25 July, 2012 at 1800 hrs. Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation will be grace the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The India - Sri Lanka Foundation was established by a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of India and Sri Lanka in 1998 in order to foster India - Sri Lanka relations through the enhancement of economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation and to promote greater understanding between the people of the two countries.
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