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Speaking of the City w/ Sugata Srinivasaraju

October 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Bangalore’s World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program sponsors a monthly curated talk called Speaking of the City, at Shoonya. Writers, artists, journalists, scholars, architects, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, geographers, activists or anyone who has worked on Bangalore will be invited to speak of this city we all inhabit.

The first talk in July 2017, when Mr. Ramachandra Guha talked about his career as a writer was a thrilling event that drew such an audience that the hall was packed to the rafters. This was followed by a very exciting talk by Vivek Shanbhag which also pulled in a big crowd.

The honourable speaker who we are extremely proud to host in the October edition of the talk is Sugata Srinivasaraju – a well-known, award-winning journalist, writer, and translator.

|| Details ||

When: Sat, 7 Oct
Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm
Duration: 40 mins (talk) followed by a discussion of 40mins
Venue: Shoonya, Centre for Art and Somatic Practices, Lalbagh Road
Language: English
For: Open to all
Fee: Free entry

> The talk will start sharp at 3:00pm. Please be seated latest by 2:30pm
> Seating will be available on a first-come basis, though 25 seats in the front rows will be reserved for bona fide students, faculty and alumni of Bangalore’s World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program

|| Speaker – Sugata Srinivasaraju ||

Sugata is currently the Cofounder and Editorial Director of FirstPerson Media Ventures Pvt Ltd, a digital news and technology startup building two unique products and He is also the Vice Chairman of Sunohscapes Radio Foundation, a not-for-profit internet radio venture that creates and curates audio on current and contemporary topics .

He was earlier Editorial Director of Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd, and Editor-in-Chief of the 50-year-old mainstream daily, Kannada Prabha. Prior to this, he was Editor-in-Chief of a leading Times Group newspaper, Vijaya Karnataka, with an average daily readership of four million. Before entering the regional media space in 2012, he was Senior Associate Editor of Outlook, India’s premier news magazine and News Editor of the Hindustan Times.

Sugata started his career with Deccan Herald and was later a founding faculty member of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media. For excellence in print journalism, Sugata was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship in 2000. In 2008, he became an ILI Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Colorado, USA, and from 2011, he has been Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow of the institute. Since 2015, he has also served as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Mangalore University.

He is a student of English and comparative literatures. He has a postgraduate degree in English literature from the Hyderabad Central University, and was a research scholar in comparative literature at the same university. He has written/translated/edited seven books in English and Kannada, his mother tongue. ‘Pickles from Home: The Worlds of a Bilingual’ and ‘Keeping Faith with the Mother Tongue: The Anxieties of a Local Culture’ are books by Sugata that have received critical acclaim. He won the translation award of the Karnataka Academy of Letters (Sahitya Akademi) in 2005 for his book ‘Phoenix and Four Other Mime Plays’. His most recent book is ‘Kittale, Nerale, Perale: Avasarakke Yetukida Maatu Baraha’ in Kannada.

Sugata lives in Bangalore with his wife, son and daughter. And you simply must meet him to see what journalistic and writerly excellence means. Sugata is an inspiration to us all who aspire to do meaningful writing.

|| Shoonya ||

A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road, Shoonya is a non-profit, established in 2014 with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more, and ensure that everything we do is done mindfully – with a whole lot of love, joy and warmth.

Phone: +91 77608 32226

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October 7, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Shoonya – Centre for Art and Somatic Practices


Shoonya – Centre for Art and Somatic Practices
4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lalbagh Road
Bangalore, 560027 India