Bhubaneswar: The second day of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) was marked with incredible performances and enriching dialogues. Returning to the stage after quarter of a century, veteran actor Amol Palekar mesmerised a packed theatre with his play Kusur. Adapted from the Danish crime thriller Den Skyldige, the Hindi play was well received by hundreds of eager fans. Palekar’s riveting performance capped a day filled with engaging sessions on a gamut of subjects.
Acclaimed author Perulam Murugan spoke about his new book Amma, a collection of essays chronicling the life of his mother. The tenderly written essays, now translated into English, capture poignant moments in the life of a strong and independent woman. Murugan’s session, attended by scores of young literary enthusiasts, brought to life his deep admiration for language and how it has helped in this memoir.
Legendary flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia enthralled the audience during a discussion on his memoir Breath of Gold. Together with his biographer, Sathya Saran, Pandit Chaurasia shared intimate anecdotes from his formative years, giving a rare glimpse to his rich life.
Spoken word performer Priya Malik joined British author-poet Rosie Garland on stage to discuss the role of the writer as a performer. Their discussion was punctuated by well-received readings and recitations. The day also had a fair share of the silver screen with the Odisha launch of Satyarth Nayak’s book, Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess. This was followed by Nandita Das’ session on her film Manto. The acclaimed actor spoke about her personal and cinematic journey with the inimitable author and playwright.
Delegates who will be part of the concluding day of this year’s TSBLM include Bachi Karkaria, Anand Neelakantan, Gayatribala Panda, Kunal Basu, Gourahari Das and Biswa Kalyan Rath.