Schedule

Prelude

Phoenix Marketcity will host a day-long precursor to the Times Litfest on February 4th, 2017. Writers Nandana Dev Sen, Dilip D'Souza, Arshia Sattar, Samhita Arni and Savi Sharma will take part in the event. Actor Emraan Hashmi will speak about `Kiss of Life', his book about the struggles he faces owing to his son's cancer.

  • 09:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Chancery Pavilion

Masterclass

Masterclasses are designed to take a writer from pitch to publishing. A Step by Step guide on how to start your book.
From words in your head to words on a page.
More details coming soon..

  • 07:00 pm onwards
  • Chancery Pavilion

Literary Dinners

A literary dinner allows a writer to interact closely with an audience. These are intimate sit down events, where audiences get to understand the work of a writer in detail and in depth.

  • 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

Times Litfest

Join us this year on February 11th and 12th as we bring together more than 80 acclaimed authors and speakers at Jayamahal Palace for the third edition of the Times Litfest Bengaluru.

  • 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

Times Litfest

Join us this year on February 11th and 12th as we bring together more than 80 acclaimed authors and speakers at Jayamahal Palace for the third edition of the Times Litfest Bengaluru.

Prelude

Phoenix Marketcity will host a day-long precursor to the Times Litfest on February 4th, 2017. Writers Nandana Dev Sen, Dilip D'Souza, Arshia Sattar, Samhita Arni and Savi Sharma will take part in the event. Actor Emraan Hashmi will speak about `Kiss of Life', his book about the struggles he faces owing to his son's cancer.

  • 02:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

RETELLING THE RAMAYANA

Arshia Sattar In conversation with Samhita Arni

Arshia Sattar will discuss her book, The Ramayana for Children

  • 03:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

FUN WITH FIGURES

Interactive Pop Math and Science with Dilip D’Souza

An interactive and innovative session for children with Dilip D’Souza on Mathematics, with a twist

  • 03:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

STORY TIME

Savi Sharma

Bestselling author Savi Sharma reads from her forthcoming book, This Is Not Your Story, set for release on Valentine’s Day

 

  • 04:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

TALL TAILS!

Nandana Dev Sen

Join writer, actor, and child rights activist Nandana Dev Sen for an interactive reading from her new, bilingual book, Not Yet! with games and animal masks, play-acting and tail- swishing

  • 05:00 pm - 05:45 pm
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Jagriti Theatre

A performance to mark 200 years of Jane Austen's death

 

 

 

  • 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

THE KISS OF LIFE

Emraan Hashmi, Bilal Siddiqi

Actor Emraan Hashmi and his co-author Bilal Siddiqi discuss Emraan’s son’s struggle with cancer with Milee Ashwarya, editor in chief of Penguin Random House India

 

  • 07:00 pm Onwards
  • Phoenix Marketcity Courtyard

READY TO ROCK

Vasu Dixit Collective

One of Bengaluru’s favourite Indian folk music bands, Vasu Dixit Collective will perform its best known numbers

Masterclass

Masterclasses are designed to take a writer from pitch to publishing. A Step by Step guide on how to start your book.
From words in your head to words on a page.

  • 09:30 am- 01:30 pm
  • Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road

Masterclass with Krys Lee

How to get started on writing your first book

 

  • 09:30 am- 01:30 pm
  • Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road

Masterclass with Krishna Udayasankar

How you know when your manuscript is complete

Literary Dinners

A literary dinner allows a writer to interact closely with an audience. These are intimate sit down events, where audiences get to understand the work of a writer in detail and in depth.

  • 07:00 pm Onwards
  • Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road

Literary Dinner with Piyush Pandey

Living outside the bubble

 

  • 07:00 pm Onwards
  • Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road

Literary Dinner with William Dalrymple

Author of Kohinoor: The Story Of The World’s Most Infamous Diamond

The Koh-i-Noor is the world’s most Infamous diamond, but its history is shrouded in mystery: it may be made of the earth’s hardest substance, but it has always attracted a fog of mythology around it. Now, using previously untranslated Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu sources, and the discoveries of modern gemmologists to reconstruct its original form, William Dalrymple, co -author of Koh-I-Noor, will blow away the legends to reveal its true history – stranger, and more violent, than any fiction.

  • 10:30 am onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am
  • Jayamahal Palace

INVOCATION BY DANCERS FROM NRITYAGRAM

  • 10:50 am
  • Jayamahal Palace

WELCOME ADDRESS

Jayapriya Vasudevan, Festival Director, Bala Malladi, CEO of ACT Fibernet, Jayanth Kodkani, Senior Editor, The Times of India

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Jayamahal Palace

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: REDISCOVERING ECOLOGY THROUGH DEMOCRACY

Jairam Ramesh

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

THIRTY-SECOND STORIES: CREATORS OF COMMERCIALS ARE FORGOTTEN AUTHORS

Piyush Pandey in conversation with Sonal Dabral on the story and journey of Bengaluru brands. Moderated by 
Anant Rangaswami

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

DOUBLE BILL: THE STORY OF STORIES

Krys Lee with Trisha Das

  • 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

LOST GEM

Bengaluru launch of William Dalrymple’s Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond. Introduced by Asha Rai.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

NOT DEAD YET: THE NOIR HERO

Anita Nair, Aditya Sinha and Arjun Raj Gaind Moderated by Ashok Ferrey

  • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE EVOLUTION OF INDIAN FOOD

Anoothi Vishal in conversation with Ranveer Brar, Shazia Khan, and Mithun Appaiah

  • 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

MYSTIC RIVER: TWO COUNTRIES, TWO NARRATIVES

Launch of India edition of The River’s Song. Suchen Christine Lim in conversation with Ryan Lobo. Moderated by Ambika Behal

  • 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

TO COME OUT OR NOT TO COME OUT: TALKING ABOUT LGBTQ RIGHTS IN INDIA

Apurva Asrani in conversation with Vasudhendra, Patrick Wilson and Gowthaman Ranganathan

 

  • 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

ENTERTAINMENT: MUSICAL SUITS, DREAMY HIPSTER INDIE BAND FROM KOLKATA

Parekh and Singh

  • 10:30 am onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

READINGS

 

  • 12:30 pm - 01:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

KANNADA LITERATURE: CLASSICS IN TRANSLATION

Vanamala Viswanatha and C N Ramachandran. Moderated by Rashmi Terdal

  • 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

READINGS

Kiran Khalap

  • 02:00 pm - 02:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

WRITE INDIA: CROWD-SOURCING SHORT STORIES

Vinita Dawra Nangia talks to Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

  • 02:30 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

OF TWO MINDS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT BOOKS, JOURNEYS, DISCOVERIES

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Vinita Dawra Nangia in conversation with Ambika Behal

  • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

TEAM EFFORT: WHAT AILS SPORTS ADMINISTRATION IN INDIA?

Justice Mukul Mudgal, Ashwini Nachappa and Nandan Kamath. Moderated by Sharda Ugra

  • 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

INTERNET COMMERCE: SURVIVING THE GLOBAL GIANTS

Mahesh Murthy, Byju Raveendran, Hari Menon. Moderated by Sujit John

  • 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

DIVINE ROCK STARS: LOVE, GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE MYTHOLOGICAL COSMOS

Krishna Udayasankar and Sandhya Mulchandani. Moderated by Samhita Arni

  • 10:30 am onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

TWO-WAY STREET

Sudha Murty talks about her new book, The Serpent’s Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata, followed by a reading by Samhita Arni

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

TIMES-NIE INTERSCHOOL SHORT STORY BOOK LAUNCH

Asha Rai

  • 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

LIGHTNING MOMENT: FAMILY SECRETS FROM INDIAN HISTORY

Anusha Yadav

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

LOVE ALL: ROMANCE RULES INDIAN FICTION

Nikita Singh and 
Anuja Chauhan and Paromita Vohra

  • 03:00 pm - 03:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

IN TANDEM: CLASS, PRIVILEGE AND LOSS

Prayaag Akbar and 
Nandini Sundar

  • 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

SCIENCE IN THE CITY

Jyotsna Dhawan, Mukund Thattai and Kartik Shanker Moderated by Indira Chandrashekar

  • 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

THE BARD ABIDES: 
A TRIBUTE TO SHAKESPEARE TO MARK HIS 400TH ANNIVERSARY

Kirtana Kumar Theatre Group

  • 10:30 am onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Jayamahal Palace

LIGHTING OF 
THE LAMP

Honourable Minister for Tourism, IT&BT, Govt. of Karnataka, Shri Priyank Kharge

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

INTO THE WILD: DISCUSSIONS ON OUR EARTH

Ranjit Lal and Nikkhil Advani with Priyank Kharge

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

SUTRADHARS: EXPLORING JOURNEYS BETWEEN REAL 
LIFE AND FICTION

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Prayaag Akbar, Ashok Ferrey and Anandh Krishna. Moderated by Samhita Arni

  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

DAS CAPITAL: SIBLINGS ON DISCOVERING THEIR FUNNY BONE WHILE GROWING UP IN A QUIET FAMILY

Vir Das and Trisha Das

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

DARK IMMORTALS: A DISCUSSION ON MODERN FANTASY WRITING

Krishna Udayasankar in conversation with Sukanya Venkatraghavan

  • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

KEEPING IT SHORT: SHORT STORY WRITERS FROM KOREA, DENMARK AND INDIA

Krys Lee, Tracey Ann Morton, Sharanya Manivannan. Moderated by Indira Chandrasekhar

 

 

  • 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

KHULLAM KHULLA: 
A LIFE IN CINEMA

Rishi Kapoor in conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

  • 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

MIND MATTERS: MENTAL HEALTH IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Anna Chandy, Shyam Bhatt and Dr Anjali Chhabria. Moderated by Sujata Kelkar Shetty

  • 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

BITCH PLEASE: SPEAKING FOR OURSELVES, WOMEN IN MODERN INDIA

Samhita Arni, Krishna Udayasankar, Sharanya Manivannan, Paromita Vohra, Jahnavi Barua and Shvetha Jaishankar. Moderated by Nisha Susan

  • 7:00 pm onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

ENTERTAINMENT: MYSURU SE AAYE

Music by 
The Raghu Dixit Project

  • 10:30 am onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

SOLILOQUY: DEMOCRATISING KARNATIK MUSIC FROM CASTE AND CLASS

T M Krishna – Introduced by Madhu Nataraj Kiran.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

RAJINIKANTH SUPERSTAR:TWO AUTHORS DISCUSS EACH OTHER’S BOOKS

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush 
and Naman Ramachandran

 

  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

FASHION AND THE MUSE : STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

Wendell Rodricks, Prasad Bidapa, Waseem Khan and Shvetha Jaishankar

 

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

DIGITAL PAYMENTS: WAITING FOR 
THE WHATSAPP MOMENT OF 
INDIAN FINANCE

Sharad Sharma, and Govind Rajan Moderated by Sujit John.

  • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

AKHADA: THE REAL DANGAL STORY

Saurabh Duggal on the Phogats

 

 

  • 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

READINGS

 

  • 05:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

LIGHTNING MOMENT: DISCOVERING PRIVACY IN AN OPEN WORLD

Malavika Jayaram

  • 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

INSIDER OUTSIDER: 
THE BLACK LIVES MATTER CAMPAIGN INTERSECTS WITH THE CONCERNS OF DALIT AND ADIVASI COMMUNITIES TO DISCOVER DIFFERENCES AND SAMENESS

Jahnavi Barua and Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Moderated by 
Malavika Jayaram

  • 10:30 am onwards
  • Jayamahal Palace

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

VOICES FROM WITHIN: KANNADA, KODAVA AND HINDI POETRY

Prathibha Nandakumar, Boverianda Nanjamma and Chinnappa, Sonal Dabral and Ramya Vasishta

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

REAL TO REEL: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MOVIE SCRIPT

Apurva Asrani, Anjali Menon, Nikkhil Advani. Moderated by Saugata Mukherjee

  • 01:00 pm - 01:15 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

LIGHTNING MOMENT: GROWING UP WITH GANDHI

Tushar Gandhi

 

  • 01:15 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

THE RETURN OF 
THE NOVEL TO 
KANNADA LITERATURE

Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi and critic MS Ashadevi. Moderated by Vikram Hatwar

 

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

ONE OF A KIND: STORIES FROM THE 
QURAN FOR KIDS

Anita Nair reads from her book Muezza and Baby Jaan.

  • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

MUSIC & LYRICS: POETRY AND SONG IN MARWARI

Ila Arun with Ramya Vasishta

 

  • 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

GREAT BEAUTY: 
THE NUANCES OF VISUAL BEAUTY

Shakti Maira in conversation with Sarnath Banerjee

  • 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Jayamahal Palace

GUILTY PLEASURES: WHAT DO WRITERS SECRETLY LIKE TO READ? WHAT’S LURKING AT THE BACK OF THEIR BOOKSHELVES, 
OUT OF SIGHT?

Arshia Sattar, Revant Himatsingka, 
Krupa Ge Moderated by Sarnath Banerjee

Speakers

Arshia Sattar

Samhita Arni

Dilip D'Souza

Savi Sharma

Nandan Kamath

Nandana Dev Sen

Emraan Hashmi

Vasu Dixit Collective

Ila Arun

Aditya Sinha

Aishwaryaa R Dhanush

Ambika Behal

Anandh Krishna

Anant Rangaswami

Anita Nair

Dr. Anjali Chhabria

Anjali ​Menon

Anna Chandy

Anoothi Vishal

Anuja Chauhan

Anusha Yadav

Apurva Asrani

Arjun Raj Gaind

Ashadevi

Asha Rai

Ashok Ferrey

Ashwini Nachappa

Byju Raveendran

Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi

Chef Ranveer Brar

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

C N Ramachandran

Gowthaman Ranganathan

Govind Rajan

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Indira Chandrasekhar

Jairam Ramesh

Jayanth Kodkani

Jahnavi Barua

Justice Mukul Mudgal

Jyotsna Dhawan

Kiran Khalap

Krishna Udayasankar

Kartik Shanker

Krupa GE

Krys Lee

Madhu Nataraj Kiran

Mahesh Murthy

Malavika Jayaram

Milee Ashwarya

Mr. Mithun Appaiah

Mukund Thattai

Naman Ramachandran

Nandini Sundar

Nanjamma and Boverianda Chinnappa

Nikita Singh

Nikkhil Advani

Nisha Susan

Parekh and Singh

Paromita Vohra

Patrick Wilson

Piyush Pandey

Prasad Bidapa

Prathibha Nandakumar

Prayaag Akbar

Raghu Dixit

Ramya Vasishta

Ranjit Lal

Rashmi Terdal

Revant Himatsingka

Rishi Kapoor

Ryan Lobo

Sandhya Mulchandani

Sarnath Banerjee

Saugata Mukherjee

Saurabh Duggal

Shakti Maira

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

Sharad Sharma

Sharanya Manivannan

Sharda Ugra

Shazia Khan

Shvetha Jaishankar

Dr Shyam K Bhat

Sonal Dabral

Suchen Christine Lim

Sudha Murty

Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty

Sukanya Venkatraghavan

Tracey Ann Motron

TM Krishna

Trisha Das

Tushar Gandhi

Vanamala Viswanatha

Vasudhendra

Vikram Hatwar

Vinita Dawra Nangia

Vir Das

Waseem Khan

Wendell Rodricks

William Dalrymple



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