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Oxford and Kolkata festivals announce partnership

Oxford to feature India Day presented by Kolkata festival

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival and Kolkata Literary Meet today announce a new annual partnership between these two great international festivals.

Beginning this March, FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, held in historic University of Oxford colleges and public buildings, will stage an ‘India Day’ each year, presented by Kolkata Literary Meet, to celebrate Indian literature, culture, art, history and current affairs and the particular contribution made by Kolkata/Calcutta and the state of West Bengal.

Full details will be announced later this month but events will include:

  • Sir Mark Tully in conversation with Madhur Jaffrey

  • Anjali Joseph and Prajwal Parajuly discussing Indian writing

  • Roderick Matthews on the Indian Uprising of 1857- New Perspectives

  • a dinner in the magnificent dining hall of University College to mark Madhur Jaffrey’s 80th birthday with dishes prepared by famous Indian chefs.

    From January 2015, Kolkata Literary Meet will stage an ‘Oxford Day’ each year, presented by the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, to celebrate British literature, culture, art, history and current affairs and the special contribution made by the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Press.

    Kolkata Literary Meet director Malavika Banerjee said: ‘Oxford has always been a name that Indians associate with excellence, be it in writing or in academics. Some of India’s most respected writers, leaders, academics and artists have links with Oxford and I think the time has come to celebrate this centuries-old association. 

    ‘Kolkata was the seat of colonial India and the city’s links with Oxford University predate even the colonial era. While the partnership will try and showcase contemporary literature and culture in the two cities, simply tracing this old link would be hugely satisfying. The Kolkata Literary Meet, in partnership with the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, plans to use the ‘Oxford Day’ from 2015 to showcase the best of literature, arts and current affairs in the UK .’

    Sally Dunsmore, director of FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festiva,l said: “The histories of Great Britain and India have been intertwined for centuries. In recent decades, the impact of Indian novelists, film makers, musicians and chefs has been enormous in the UK. We are delighted to partner with the cultural capital of India and Kolkata Literary Meet to provide a platform each year to showcase the richness and variety of India’s culture.’

    The University of Oxford’s links with India are legion and go back more than 400 years.

    In 1579, Father Thomas Stephens, of New College, was the first recorded Englishman to visit India. Indian students have been coming to Oxford since 1871 and Oxford University Press has been operating in India for 100 years. There are currently more than 300 Indian postgraduate students at the University of Oxford.

    Among famous Indian Alumni of Oxford University are:

  • Indira Gandhi

  • Manmohan Singh – current Prime Minister of India

  • novelists Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh and Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first woman lawyer.

    Distinguished Indians who have taught at Oxford include Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (President of India, 1962-1969), and Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize winner in Economics 1998).

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    The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders