Writers, etc.: Karthika Nair in conversation with Karthika V.K., 10 December 2012 [fr]
Writers, etc.: Karthika Nair in conversation with Karthika V.K., 10 December 2012
"Writers, etc." is a monthly literary platform jointly organised by the Book Office of the French Embassy in India and the Alliance Française in Delhi. "Writers, etc." is usually our platform for books, a space where the written word gets primacy, where literary ideas and their practitioners can genuinely interact with each other and the general public, coming together to ask pertinent questions and seek their answers: what role does books play in contemporary societies? How do practitioners see their responsibilities vis-à-vis the public and, turning that over, how do we see them? How has literature adapted to its place among the growing pantheon of varied and addictive forms of cultural transmission? The aim is also to encourage audiences to discover new texts, to explore new genres and styles, and to think, quite simply, about writers, etc.
Karthika Naïr is the author of a poetry collection, Bearings (HarperCollins India, 2009). She was born in India, lives in Paris, and works as a producer in performing arts. This proximity to performing arts, and to dance, in particular, is refracted in much of her poetry, which has been published in several anthologies and journals including Indian Literature, Caravan India, The Asia Mag, Live Mint, Terre à Ciel, Penguin’s 60 Indian Poets and Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, The Literary Review and The Poetry Review. Her poems have been translated into French and Italian. Naïr co-scripted British-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan’s Laurence Olivier-award-winning dance production Desh (2011), working alongside Khan, visual artist Tim Yip, composer Jocelyn Pook and performance poet PolarBear. Desh, which weaves quasi-biographical stories within the wider history of a newly-independent Bangladesh, received a rousing, emotional response from the Bangladeshi diaspora in the UK, and has been hailed as a "masterpiece" (Luc Jennings, Observer) and "technically ingenious, theatrically unsettling and emotionally unbearable." (Sarah Frater, the Evening Standard). Young Zubaan (India) and Editions Hélium (France) will soon be bringing out The Boy, the Bees and Bonbibi, one of the stories she wrote for Desh, as a children’s book illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. She is currently working on her next collection for HarperCollins, an account of the Mahabharata war in 18 voices.
Karthika V.K. is responsible for the growth and vision of the local publishing programme including the management of the editorial and rights teams at HarperCollins India. She joined HarperCollins India in 2006 from Penguin India, where she served as Executive Editor and Rights Director, with the additional roles of Publisher- Puffin, Ladybird and Penguin Malayalam. Boasting a premier track record and 11 years in the publishing industry, Karthika has helped to build many top writers and brands.