International Literature Showcase Presents: India at 70, Language Barriers, Language Futures

International Literature Showcase Presents: India at 70, Language Barriers, Language Futures

14 Mar 2017, 11:30 - 12:30

English PEN Literary Salon


India has 22 official languages and many hundreds of mother tongues. What lies ahead for this most multilingual of nations? Can linguistic diversity support greater freedom of expression and a richer literary culture? Join the writer and activist Bidisha, translator and editor Arunava Sinha and poet and translator Mohan Rana for this lively debate celebrating India at 70.



  • Somrita Ganguly


    Doctoral Researcher

    Centre for English Studies (CES)

    Somrita Ganguly is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for English Studies (CES), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Project Fellow under...

  • Bidisha Mamata


    Writer and activist

    Bidisha is a newspaper journalist and BBC radio and TV broadcaster specialising in human rights, social justice, international affairs and in the...

  • Mohan Rana



    Mohan Rana (Delhi, 1964) is one of the foremost Hindi poets living outside of India. Brevity, clarity and precision are the defining characteristics...

  • Arunava Sinha


    Translator and editor

    Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction, non-fiction and poetry from India and Bangladesh into English....

  • Jonathan Morley


    Poet and Programme Director, Writer's Centre Norwich

    Writer's Centre Norwich

    Jonathan Morley is Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich. He has previously programmed and produced theatre shows, concerts and outdoor arts...


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