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Another Set of snaps covering all writers
Coverage Article in Lokvani
Story on Calcutta Club by Beacon Newspaper
ore coming soon

Calcutta Club USA presents the 3rd Annual


A Novel Indian Book Fair & Lit Fest in North America

Parker Damon Building
Meriam McCarthy Towne School

11 Charter Road, Acton MA 01720

Sat, Jun 10, 12 PM - 5 PM
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Key Sponsors - Huntington Learning Center of Acton, Lekhoni Writers Group, Urban Public Companies of Denver, Mehfil Indian Restaurant, Leader Bank, Arlington and  An Anonymous Donor

NEWS: Calcutta Club USA to donate $500 to United Way at Sanskriti 2017 for supporting teen mental health programs


Time Speakers/Activity Topic Location
12:00 PM Sanskriti 2017 Book Fair Opens  Welcome by Shilajeet Mukherjee, club member  
12:15 PM  

Sanjoy Roy
Managing Director, Teamwork Arts Ltd, organizer of Jaipur Lit Fest

The Inspiration behind creating Teamwork Arts and the role of festivals in promoting arts and literature Video Conf
12:30 PM Arunava Sinha, India's top translator of classics and contemporary novels in conversation with Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, controversial author of Panty and Sankhini Exploring what it took to be a daring lady author and go where no woman has gone before against social norms- and how to successfully translate such challenging works into English. Emcee: Gargi Chakrabarty, club member Video Conf
1:00 PM DevDutt Pattanaik
India's #1 Mythologist, prolific author and former physician
How to tie modern management with ancient mythology. Emcee: Ajay Jain, club member Video Conf
1:30 PM Panel Discussion - Sarwar Harun, Gargi Mukherjee and Alokesh Duttaroy Different Shades - Artist's quest through Bengali Performing Arts and Literature Main Stage
2:00 PM Chitro Neogy, Convener, Sanskriti 2017 Book Fair & Co-Founder, Calcutta Club USA The Calcutta Club USA Main Stage
2:10 PM Dr Shashi Tharoor, Keynote Speaker
Globally recognized author, public speaker, former UN UnderSecretary General and current Indian Member of Parliament
The systematic decimation of India's economy under the British empire, leading to the six fold decrease of India's share of the world economy. Based on Shashi Tharoor's latest book "Inglorious Empire". Main Stage
3:00 PM Panel Discussion - Sanjay Kaul, Syed Ali Rizvi and Maneesh Srivastava Hindi Manch Poets present a poetic intervention on Freedom of Speech Main Stage
3:30 PM Mind and Life Panel - Dr Gary Weber, Adam Engle, Sol Sandperl and Kevin Martin. Moderated by Prithvi Banerjee Demystifying Mindfulness : A Contemporary & Scientific Approach Main Stage + Video Conf
4:15 PM Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Leading Indian American Author and Professor at University of Houston
Before We Visit The Goddess :: Mother/Daughter relationships over 3 generations. Emcee: Krishnakali Dasgupta Video Conf
5:00 PM Sanskriti 2017 Closes    

 Special Interest 30 minute panels with Invited Authors

(a) Demystifying Mindfulness : A Contemporary & Scientific Approach: Dr Gary Weber (renowned author), Adam Engle (chronicler of mind and life dialogues with Dalai Lama), Sol Sandperl and Kevin Martin (author and hypnotist). Moderated by Prithvi Banerjee.
(b) Freedom of Speech - a poetic intervention from Hindi Manch authors: Sanjay Kaul, Ali Rizvi and Maneesh Srivastava
(c) Different Shades - Artist's quest through Bengali Performing Arts and Literature: noted film and theater actress Gargi Mukherjee (Kolkata) and actor director Sarwar Harun (Bangladesh) with moderator and poet Alokesh Duttaroy.

Meet New Authors - a number of Indian origin authors from New England and beyond will showcase their creations in booths - come and visit them and get your signed copy. Two such authors will be Dr Kamesh Aiyar (author, The Last Kaurava) and Prithvi Banerjee (author, Unbox!)

Look for new book releases from India and grab them while they last. You will also find great deals on many past evergreen titles at 20%-50% off.

Art Show! Several professional Indian artists will showcase their paintings for sale. All of them had a great show at the last CuisinArt program hosted by Calcutta Club USA. Featured Artists: Gopika Narula, Latha Subhramanian, Anusuiya Bharadwaj

Youth Art and Photography Display - by Acton Boxboro  school student artists Nirali Jain, Meera Singh and Avni Mishra

Parents! Visit the Huntington Learning Center booth for great tips, books and courses for your kid's academic performance acceleration.

Dr Gouri Datta welcomes you to the Lekhoni Bengali Writers Tables to meet a team of talented writers and peruse their recent publications.

Fascinating Indian Food including North Indian, South Indian and Bengali delicacies from Mehfil restaurant of Tewksbury.

* Note: though unlikely, some speakers may not be available on event day. Calcutta Club USA bears no responsibility for a specific speaker's unforeseen absence. All speakers currently have confirmed in writing their availability.

Please attend with family and immerse yourself in deep nostalgic bliss! Every minute of the novel program is valuable, so please arrive before noon - in fact, we expect a surprise at the start!

Sanskriti 2017 will be the Third Annual Calcutta Club Book Fair and Litfest in Boston organized by Calcutta Club USA.

The club had organized the debut Sanskriti book fair and lit fest in 2015 with key authors including Dr Shashi Tharoor, Ms Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mish Michaels and Indu Sundareshan. Last year, our stalwart speakers included Dr Amit Chaudhuri, Ms Shobha De, Srijato, Dr Sam Pitroda, Bratati Bandyopadhyay and the Honorable Ambassador of India, Mr Arun Singh. Most writers from India speak on Skype live at the event whereas a large part of US based authors attend  in person.

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