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Theatre artist and author, Kirtana Kumar, in conversation with veteran journalist and author of the “City Lights” column, CK Meena, about Kirtana’s Bangalore Blues.
Meena and Kirtana were both students of the renowned professor of English and American literature, TG Vaidyanathan, at Bangalore University. His was the gharana of literature, film, cricket and food. Sharing his passions, they read and talk through the literary tropes, Bangalore references and musical memories contained in the 33 stories of the book. What is a fait divers? What role does direct speech play in these stories? Truman Capote and JD Salinger ring any bells? How is the “city” articulated in literature?
Kirtana will be reading segments from the book and Meena will probe the stories.
Kirtana Kumar is an actor, director, and filmmaker based in Bangalore. She has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the India Foundation for the Arts for her work in theatre and film. She is a trustee of the Women Artists’ Group, runs the year-long Theatre Lab for children, and is a co-founder of Infinite Souls Farm, an artists’ residency. She turned author with her collection of short stories, Bangalore Blues, published in early 2023.
C K Meena
C K Meena is a Bengaluru-based journalist who was on the staff of Deccan Herald, a columnist for The Hindu, and a founding member of the Asian College of Journalism in Bengaluru. In her 40-year writing career, she has written three novels and innumerable pieces for various publications. Her latest book, The Invisible Majority, co-authored with V.R. Ferose, is a comprehensive overview of disability in India.