Kafka and I
In an interactive evening, the distinguished panel and the audience explored how Kafka factors has affected a common men in this part of the globe by influencing the Indian literature, theatre, films and arts, conspicuous mediums deeply interlinked with the general life. In other words, Franz Kafka is more than a mere subject just not limited to text books rather a phenomenal “Metamorphosis”.
The oeuvre of famous writer Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924) has firmly established itself as part of the canon of world literature. On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Franz Kafka, this interactive session will strive to explore the traces Franz Kafka’s work has left in Indian literature, theatre, films and the arts.
After a reading from Kafka’s work, renowned experts Dr. Ashok Vajpeyi, Dr. Alka Pande, Mr. M. K. Raina and Prof. Kaushik Bhaumik engaged with the audience in aninterdisciplinary discussion on Franz Kafka and his legacy.
More photos of the evening can be found on the Austrian Cultural Forum's Flickr Page.
Dr. Ashok Vajpeyi is an eminent Hindi poet, critic and editor who has published a number of books in poetry as well as literary and art criticism. He is the founder of the multi-art center, Bharat Bhawan, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, was the first Vice Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, and was the chairman of the Lalit Kala Academy.
Dr. Alka Pande is an art critic, cultural theorist, teacher, curator, and author. Responsible for curating several significant and perceptive exhibitions in India and abroad, and giving a name to some of the most upcoming and influential artists, photographers and sculptors, Alka Pande is currently engrossed as the Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Mr. M.K. Raina is one of India's best-known theatre actors and directors. After graduating from National School of Drama in 1970 he has worked in film as well as theatre across the country and internationally. Besides directing extensively for the stage, he has acted in a large number of productions himself and also made a number of documentaries.
Prof. Kaushik Bhaumik is a historian by training and the co-editor of Visual Sense:A Cultural Reader. He has published extensively on Bombay and World Cinema and has recently started writing on modern Indian art. Currently he is Associate Professor in the Department of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
When: Friday, 18 October, 7pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Form, Austrian Embassy New Delhi
EP 13 Chandragupta Marg, New Delhi 110 021