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Deconstructing the tower of Babel

Deconstructing the tower of Babel
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The third edition of the India Habitat Centre (IHC) Indian Languages’ Festival Samanvay is scheduled to take place during the last week of the month. This year the festival’s theme is Jodti Zubanein, Judti Zubanein: Language Connections, Spread over four days, the festival would witness seven Padma Shri awardees, twelve Sahitya Akademi recipients, five National Film Award winners, a Padma Bhushan and Oscar Award winner. 20 languages and dialects would be premiered/ featured at Samanvay 2013.

Samanvay is a platform for bringing together expressions of human thought in the varied and diverse cultural contexts that have been nurtured and have flourished in many languages spoken in our cultural milieu. These conversations amongst brilliant and well-known writers will seek to bring to our audiences the sparkle of multilingual expressions and their inspirations.

Samanvay 2013 is about connections between languages and the connections languages make: Jodti Zubanein, Judti Zubanein. This is a continuum of the themes that defined the first two editions of the festival; the inaugural an exercise in understanding the notion of the Indian-ness of the various literatures of the country, the second a celebration of the multi-faceted interaction between languages and dialects. It is not only about listeners, readers and authors; it is also about the ethics and ethos of connecting through a language.

Get ready for conversations around oral literature, media, and translations, along with poetry performances, folk art, stand-up comedy, theatre and cultural evenings. Beyond the language specific sessions, we cover some of the issues that have shaped our intellectual and social life in recent times: sessions on civil society, activism, dalit and women writing, alternative voices from literature, cinema, radio, publishing, gender violence, aspirations, dreams and voices of the marginalized, and above all the threats of a new form of patriotism that treats itself as a religion.
This year too we are going to have with us a select panel of authors, lyricists, film-makers, media personalities, activists and performers. Some of the names are Anupam Mishra, Gulzar, Jerry Pinto, Ketan Mehta, Mahesh Bhatt, Mukul Kesavan, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Piyush Mishra, Ravish Kumar, Sharda Sinha, Sanjay Kak, Shashi Deshpande, Shuddhbrata Sengupta and Varun Grover.
The sessions would have reputed personalities as well as brave new voices that are increasingly making a space for themselves: Ashwini Kumar Pankaj, Anvita Abbi, Arjun Deo Charan, A. Jayaprabha, Arunesh Neeran, B.M. Hanif, Bhagwan Singh and others.
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