Literary Evenings

All of us, each individual human, experience increasing globalization in every single corner of the planet. The dominant forces of the current spate of globalization are economic ones. And that too emanating from a handful of centres in the developed world. Under the force of economic globalisation, substantive cultural exchanges between peoples are less and may be even lesser than before. In India the pattern of international cultural encounters, thanks to its nature of colonialism and post-colonial structure, is largely Anglo-American.

For nearly two decades now, SAMPARK has published translations of literatures from Indian and foreign languages and has created links between literatures of India and the world. In the same spirit, Sampark Literary Evenings will showcase diverse literatures from India and the world. The inaugural edition of SLE is planned for 6 – 9 January 2016 in Calcutta, a city which has been at the crossroads of the forces of globalization for more than three centuries. The events will be held in different locations of the city – cultural institutions, educational campuses, art galleries, bookshops, cafes and public places. Indian writers and readers from Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English will come alive alongside the many literatures of the world. In each international edition of SLE, a country will be the guest of honour. In this inaugural edition it is Slovenia, an European country with a rich literature and cities where cafes overflow with the lively discussions of the literati. We have a team of four poets and writers from Slovenia as our esteemed guests. While they will read from their works, Indian poets, writers and intellectuals will engage with them in exciting and meaningful dialogues on life, literature and globalization. After Calcutta, Sampark Literary Evenings will move to Allahabad (11 January) and will culminate in Delhi (13-14 January).

Sunandan Roy Chowdhury,
Festival Director

Writers from SLOVENIA, Tour of India, 6-14 January 2015


IZTOK OSOJNIK was born 1951 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is poet, fiction writer, literary scientist, essayist, editor, translator, artist, tour director, mountain climber. He graduated in Comparative Literature from the University of Ljubljana (1977). Postgraduate studies at Osaka Gaidai University (1980-82). In 2011 he completed his PhD at the University of Primorska in Koper. He is the former director of the International literary festival Vilenica and currently organizes – among other events – The Golden Boat international poetry translation Workshop and The International Comparative Literature Conferences in Škocjan. So far he published 27 collections of poetry, 5 novels and 5 volumes on literary philosophy, anthropology, and philosophy (in the Slovenian language). He published 5 books of poetry in English: Alluminations (City Gallery of Arts of Ljubljana), And Some Things Happen for the First Time (Modry Peter, Canada 2001), Mister Today (Jacaranda Press, California 2004), New and Selected Poems (Sampark, New Delhi 2010) and Elsewhere (Pighog Press, Brighton 2011). His poems and essays were translated and published in 30 languages. He was awarded with several national and international literary awards, most lately with the prestigious international award KONS 2011.


BARBARA KORUN was born in 1963 in Ljubljana, where she took a degree in the Slovene language and comparative literature at the university and where she taught literature at high schools. She also worked at Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana as a language advisor, at the moment she works as a free-lance writer. Her first collection OSTRINA MILINE ('The Edge of Grace', 1999) received the National Book Fair Award for a debut collection. For her fourth book PRIDEM TAKOJ ('I'll be right back', 2011) she received the Veronika's Award (for the best poetry collection of that year) and Golden Bird (for the outstanding achievements in literature). Together with jazz composer and percussionist Zlatko Kaučič she recorded CD VIBRATO TIŠINE ('Vibrato of Silence', 2006) with poems of Srečko Kosovel, Slovene avantgardist poet. She organizes readings of slovene women poets and is active in promoting poetry at elementary and secondary schools. Her work has been translated and published in many anthologies in different languages.


ALENKA JOVANOVSKI, PhD, was born 1974 in Celje, Slovenia. She graduated in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She is a poet, scientist, essayist, literary critic, professor, translator, editor. She published a monograph on aesthetics through mysticism The Dark Gene (2001), and the poetry collection Trousers for DJ. Her translations among others include poems by Cesare Pavese and Italo Calvino.


TONE SKRJANEC (b. Ljubljana 1953), is poet and translator. He has published 9 collection of poetry, the latest Among Trees (2015) and Sweet Cakes (2015), and a book of Very Old and Selected Poems (2012). His poems are widely translated, so far published in 7 monograph collections in translation (Bulgaria, Poland, USA, Croatia). His poems have been included in many Slovenian and International poetry anthologies. He also published a musical album of poetry (Catching the Rhythm). He translated many authors from English and Croatian, but mostly poets.

Programme of Events, 6-9 January

Wednesday, 6 January, 6 pm
Alliance Francaise, Park Mansions, Park Street

  • Inauguration: Fr Gaston Roberge
  • Welcome: Stephane Amalir
  • Introduction: Sunandan Roy Chowdhury
  • Readings in Bengali and in English
  • Celebrating the poetry of Utpal Kumar Basu
  • Readings in Slovene and in English
  • Contemporary Poets from Slovenia
  • Iztok Osojnik
  • Barbara Korun
  • Alenka Jovanovski
  • Tone Skrjanec
  • My City, My Theatre: Talk by Bratya Basu

Thursday, 7 January, 2.30 pm Dept of English, Presidency University

  • Readings by Slovene Poets &
  • Talk on Slovene Literature

Thursday, 7 January, 6pm
Indian Museum, J L Nehru Road

  • Ecology and Poetry: Jure Detela and Jibanananda Das
  • A Dialogue between Iztok Osojnik and Sunandan Roy Chowdhury
  • Curated by Protap Mukherjee
  • Moderated by Amal De
  • Poetry in English, Hindi & Urdu:
  • Joie Bose, Saira Shah Halim, Ananya Chatterjee, Ruchita Kazaria, Arthur Cardozo

Thursday, 7 January, 6.30 pm, ICCR

  • Exhibition of Photos by
  • Surajit Hari and Laura Amalir
  • Curated by Somnath Pyne

Friday, 8 January, 2.30 pm
Dept of English, Jadavpur University

  • Readings by Slovene Poets and Lecture on Literature of Central Europe by Iztok Osojnik

Saturday, 9 January, 6pm
Alliance Francaise, Park Mansions, Park Street

  • Poetic Dialogues:
  • Slovenian and Bengali Poets
  • Yashodhara Roy Chowdhury
  • Chaitali Chattopadhyay
  • Shyamal Bhattacharya
  • Biswajit Chattopadhyay
  • Moderated by
  • Ashok Viswanathan & Sunandan Roy Chowdhury

  • Calcutta in Love and in Pain
  • New Fiction from Bengali
  • Sekhar Bandopadhyay, Debashis Aich, Biswajit Roy, Shamim Ahmed,
  • Ranjit Mitra, Prasanta Sarkar, Rana Saekar
  • Dipankar Mukhopadhyay
  • The Writing of French author
  • Sebastien Ortiz and his book
  • Ghost of Calcutta
  • Discussion & Reading: Hari Vasudevan,
  • Sriparna Chatterjee, Sabine Ganesh & Nandini Ghosh
  • Banalata Sen: a theatrical tribute
  • Pranab Mukherjee and Third Theatre Campus