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SANGLAAP: Launch of Vernacular Forum in honour of Padma Shri Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938-2019)

SANGLAAP: Launch of Vernacular Forum in honour of Padma Shri Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938-2019)

Date: 8 December 2019Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 8 December 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Launch Event


SSAI hosts a new vernacular forum SANGLAAP for engaging with students, specialists and the general public drawing from internal expertise and resources to enable cross-fertilisation of ideas. SANGLAAP meaning dialogue is a congregation of friends, members and supporters of events that bring different language speaking communities together.

Inspired by the versatility of the scientist and writer Sukumar Ray (1887-1923), a pioneer in the world of printing, and his novelette Ha-Ja-Ba-Ra-La, this forum in the spirit of Ray's 'Monday Club' is meant for discussion and deliberation to galvanise the spirit of creativity and constructive critical thinking. Ray’s club of free will encouraged the intellectual to dismantle stereotypes, create new messy categories, play with ideas that are porous, free-flowing and lack prejudice. Similar to Ray's meaningful thoughts on nonsense, the forum encourages the meaningless to become meaningful, explore ways where absolute truth is challenged through the lens of relativism in language and expressions. Keeping internationalism at its core, the forum contributes to the school’s decolonisation vision through an engagement with the multilingual arts.

SANGLAAP will bring on an ad-hoc basis, writers, poets, singers, dancers and other practitioners of the art living in the UK or visiting to present their works to the public allowing for some critical reflection in a semi-structured programme. It is a forum designed to present a medley of artistic content ranging from real acts to virtual screenings. This will develop consistently an interest group who are keen to not only learn South Asian languages in classroom settings but engage with discourses that have topical relevance, aesthetic value, political will and so on. Community organisations working closely with SSAI, have been partners or are looking for new projects are able to use the forum to present their ongoing and future work. SOAS students are particularly encouraged to present their research to the public.

Sunday 08 December heralds Paush in Bengali calendar that is marked by a winter folk festival in Vishwabharati, the abode of peace of the Nobel Laureate and India’s global poet Rabindranath Tagore. Prof Manjubhash Mitra (Presidency University/Rabindra Bharati/Netaji Open University), returns to SSAI, to present his new modern poetry in Bengali and translation works and a reading session on Tagore (Bengali/English). THE GRONTHEE, an award-winning literary forum serving the readers' interest in world literature for 28 years, is also known for the poetry publication Gronthee Little-mag joining the voices of South Asian, Latin American, African and European writers. The team will bring their modern poetry writing in Bengali and English works to a fantastic literary evening of remembrance.

Please join us for the launch of Sanglaap, a tribute to the widely acclaimed Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen who was an award-winning poet, novelist and academic.

The event is free to attend but registration essential. Click here to register.

Organiser: Dr Sanjukta Ghosh (SSAI) in association with The Gronthee (est., 1993, UK)

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