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Book launch and reading of “Mohana Swamy”

February 3, 2017

Book launch and reading of “Mohana Swamy”
By Vasudhendra and translated by Rashmi Terdal.
Presented by Atta Galatta

Chief Guest : Arundhati Nag

mohana-swamy-by-vasudhendraMohanaswamy has just lost his long-time partner, Karthik, to a woman. Even as he scrutinizes himself, the choices he’s made, the friends and lovers he’s gained and lost, Mohanaswamy dreams of living a simple, dignified life. A life that would allow him to leave, even forget, the humiliation and fears of adolescence, the slurs his mind still carries around – gandu sule, hennu huli – and the despair that made him crave to conform.
A coming out of the closet for Vasudhendra himself, these stories of homosexual love and lives jolted Kannada readers out of their notions of the literary and the palatable. The gritty narratives of Mohanaswamy explore sexuality, urbanisation and class with a nuance and an unflinching honesty that will both unnerve and move readers in English and serve as a fine introduction to one of the strongest voices in Kannada literature.

Vasudhendra is an Indian author in Kannada language known for his short stories.Vasudhendra was born at Sandur in the Bellary district in Karnataka. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka as a gold medalist. He then did his Master of Engineering from Indian Institute of Science. He had been a software professional since 20 years. He was also the Vice President at Genisys Software. Now he spends his time in reading, writing and traveling.

Vasudhendra has come out as gay recently in the interviews he has given to prajavani and other media houses.

He has started his own publication house called the Chanda Pustaka. Through this he has given encouragement to many upcoming writers of Kannada. It has published around 50 books till date and these books have won more than 60 prestigious awards. He has instituted an award ‘Chanda Pustaka Bahumana’, which will be given to a fresh and young short story writer every year by publishing his first anthology along with a cash prize. He publishes all his books through this publication house and he looks after sales and marketing of his publications.

Arundhati Nag is a film and theatre actress. She has been involved with multilingual Theatre in India, for over 25 years, first in Mumbai where she got involved with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), and did various productions in Gujarati, Marathi, and Hindi theatre, and then in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English, in Bangalore.

Following her marriage to Kannada actor-director Shankar Nag (1954–1990), her association with theatre continued in Bangalore, where she performed several plays in Kannada: Girish Karnad’s “Anju Mallige”, “27 Mavalli Circle” based on the famous play ‘Wait Until Dark’, “Sandhya Chayya” (Jayant Dalvi), Girish Karnad’s “Nagamandala”, and Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage” as “Hulaguru Huliyavva”. She also worked in several Kannada movies: “Accident” (1984), Parameshi Prema Prasanga” (1984) and “Nodiswamy, Navirodu Heege” (1987).

Nag went on to realise a long-time dream of building a theatre space dedicated to quality theatre in Bangalore: Ranga Shankara.

She is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2008), the Padma Shri (2010) and the National Film Awards (57th) in 2010.

6:30PM- Launch and reading of the Book by Vasudhendra and Arundhati Nag
7:30PM- Q&A session
8:00PM- Book signing

Books available for purchase at Atta Galatta.

Saturday | 4th February 2017 | 6:00 PM to 8.30 PM

Atta Galatta,
#134, KHB Colony,
5th Block,
Bangalore 560 095.

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