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Voices from the North East from Oct 13
Published on 8 Oct. 2009 10:54 PM IST
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Siyahi and India Habitat Centre would be organizing ‘Voices from the North East’ from October 13 to 14 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. On October 13, introduction of ‘Rhythm of Words and Voices’ would be made by Ravi Singh and reading by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih. Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih is a poet, short story writer and translator. He works as a Reader in the Department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He has been awarded Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award and North-East Poetry Award besides a Fellowship for Outstanding Artists 2000 from the Government of India. A collection of Khasi folk stories retold by him was recently published by Penguin India Ravi Singh has been with Penguin India since 1994, and is now Publisher & Editor-in-Chief. Later at night, there would be a concert by the East India Company, and a Musical Invasion with folk and electronic music created by The East India Company. The live East India Company experience reflects their flexibility and innovation as musicians through improvisational techniques, assimilating diverse sounds like Rajasthani folk And Naghadas. On the concluding day, Namita Gokhale in conversation with Mamang Dai, Temsula Ao and Bijoya Sawian, Mamang, Temsula and Bijoya will be reading from their works. Mamang will also read from her new book on Arunachal Pradesh Mamang Dai is a former bureaucrat, journalist, poet and writer. She is the author of The Legends of Pensam and Arunachal Pradesh – The Hidden Land for which she received Verrier Elwin Award in 2003. Temsula Ao is a Professor in the Department of English, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong and also Dean, School of Humanities and Education at NEHU. She has been named for the Padma Shree award for Literature and Bijoya Sawian writes in English and translates works of Khasi into English. Her published works include 3 books of translations from Khasi into English - The Teachings of Elders, Popular Khasi Folk Tales and About One God. She has completed a collection of 11 short stories revolving on contemporary life amongst the Khasis of Meghalaya, Namita Gokhale is a multi-faceted Indian novelist and publisher, and author of Paro: Dreams of Passion, Gods, Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, The Book of Shiva and Shakuntala: The Play of Memory. She is a partner in Yatra Books. She is the Founder Director for Translating Bharat.

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