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Interviews

madhumita ghosh interview

In a candid conversation with Lopa Banerjee, Dr. Madhumita Ghosh, author, Of A Man And The Mountains talks about short stories, characterization, the process of storytelling and her inspirations in life.

Life Inspired Me To Write Stories - Madhumita Ghosh
Life Inspired Me To Write Stories – Madhumita Ghosh
In a candid conversation with Lopa Banerjee, Dr. Madhumita Ghosh, author, Of A Man And The Mountains talks about short stories, characterization, the process of storytelling and her inspirations in life.
'In Ray's Cinema, They All Shone the Brightest'
‘In Ray’s Cinema, They All Shone the Brightest’
Satyajit Ray’s Heroes and Heroines, published by Rupa Publications recently was launched in Kolkata this month. In a conversation with Learning and Creativity, the author Amitava Nag, who is Editor in Chief of Silhouette Magazine and a film critic and scholar of repute, speaks about how the book embarked on it journey to pay tribute to Bengal's superlative actors who bloomed to their fullest in the cinema of Ray.
Realism has an Enchanting Quality I Don't Find in Other Genres: Artist Vinitha Nair
Realism has an Enchanting Quality I Don’t Find in Other Genres: Artist Vinitha Nair
Renowned author Dr Ampat Koshy met Vinitha Nair, an upcoming painter in the realist mould on Facebook and eventually in real life. When he saw her two paintings with which she burst on the scene, he, like others, was astounded at her aesthetic acumen. Wanting to dig a bit deeper, knowing that such finesse, observation powers, concentration, focus, and eye for detail as well as craft could not come out of nowhere, he interviewed her. Excerpts:
Prof Achyut Samanta and Ramendra Kumar on Rourkella TV
Prof. Achyuta Samanta: The Messiah of the Marginalised 
Prof. Achyuta Samanta, founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Odisha, has been working relentlessly for Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger and Zero Illiteracy. He is the founder of the Art of Giving concept, which he has launched officially in 30 countries and in more than 210 places in India. This year the Art of Giving theme  is “Pyaar Bhara Pack” or “Feeding with Love.” This will be celebrated in 500 places across the globe. In Odisha, 3 million people will be getting quality food on 17th May. Art of Giving will be reaching out to more than 5 to 7 million in the entire country and around the world on this day. Ramendra Kumar got an opportunity to converse with Prof. Samanta on Rourkela Steel TV, the in-house cable TV network of Rourkela Steel Plant. Excerpts from the interview:
Healing Effects of Dance and Movement Therapy in Autism: In Conversation with Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay
Healing Effects of Dance and Movement Therapy in Autism: In Conversation with Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay
Dr. Aditi Bandyopadhyay, a physician of medicine with a parallel identity as an Odissi dancer and as dance and movement therapy, practitioner, has been actively involved as an advocate for rights of persons with Autism and other neuro-developmental delays. She speaks about the new vistas opening up in dance and movement therapy and music for helping children with Autism and special needs.
The book launch of Echoes
Echoes – Unwrapping Myriad Life Experiences: In Conversation with Poet-Author Mallika Bhaumik
Poet, author of 'Echoes', Mallika Bhaumik talks to deputy editor of L&C, Lopa Banerjee about her recently released book, about literature and about Kolkata, her city and inspiration.
Vaijayantee Bhattacharya at the book launch in Kolkata
Mosaic Vision is a Kaleidoscopic View of Life: In Conversation with Poet Vaijayantee Bhattacharya
Learning and Creativity Magazine brings you an exclusive interview with Bahrain-based poet, editor and blogger Vaijayantee Bhattacharya about her debut collection of poems 'Mosaic Vision' which she launched in the city of joy, Kolkata. Editor and Journalist Vaijayantee Bhattacharya who is a ‘Kolkata Girl’ by heart and a poetic traveler by soul.
Ramendra Kumar with a young reader of Against All Odds
Against All Odds: The Triumph of the Human Spirit – In Conversation with Ramendra Kumar
Against All Odds, the latest book for children by renowned writer Ramendra Kumar, is about three individuals, three obstacles and one passion – Football. Learning and Creativity caught up with this prolific and highly popular author for a tête-à-tête on his latest tome.
'My Inner Eye Opened and I Learned to Look Within': In Conversation With Renowned Artist Monica Talukdar
‘My Inner Eye Opened and I Learned to Look Within’: In Conversation With Renowned Artist Monica Talukdar
An in-depth interview with acclaimed painter and visionary artist hailing from Uttarakhand, Monica Talukdar, who has recently exhibited her stunning paintings in Hewitt Public Library, Waco and also Plano, Texas, USA.
‘Darkness There But Something More’: Up, Close and Personal With the Two Editors Dr. Santosh Bakaya and Lopa Banerjee
‘Darkness There But Something More’: Up, Close and Personal With the Two Editors Dr. Santosh Bakaya and Lopa Banerjee
In conversation with the two prolific authors and editors of the ghost story anthology 'Darkness There But Something More', Dr. Santosh Bakaya and Lopamudra Banerjee. The book has recently been published by The Blue Pencil and is available in Amazon and Flipkart.
A Tsunami Called Naani: In Conversation with Children's Books Author Ramendra Kumar
A Tsunami Called Naani: In Conversation with Children’s Books Author Ramendra Kumar
A Tsunami Called Naani is the latest ace served by renowned children's books author Ramendra Kumar. He speaks to Antara on what drives him to write books for kids and how he loves weaving those enriching stories are kids love to read and listen to.
Where Are The Lilacs - In Conversation with Author Dr. Santosh Bakaya
Where Are The Lilacs – In Conversation with Author Dr. Santosh Bakaya
Dr Santosh Bakaya, author of the phenomenal peace poetry collection Where Are The Lilacs and Ballad of Bapu, speaks to Lopa Banerjee, of Learning and Creativity about her books, passions and inspirations.
Beyond Apu - 20 Favourite Film Roles of Soumitra Chatterjee: In Conversation with Author Amitava Nag
Beyond Apu – 20 Favourite Film Roles of Soumitra Chatterjee: In Conversation with Author Amitava Nag
To capture a close shot of the man, the actor and the thought processes behind the name ‘Soumitra Chatterjee', Silhouette Magazine editor and noted film critic Amitava Nag picked 20 film roles to explore the expanse of the legendary cinema and theatre actor's repertoire. In a conversation with Learning and Creativity Editor Antara, Amitava Nag talks about his book Beyond Apu – 20 Favourite Film Roles of Soumitra Chatterjee, published by Harper Collins India.
‘Allusions To Simplicity’: In Conversation with Dr. A. V. Koshy, Poet, Critic, Author, Educationist About His Poetry Collection
‘Allusions To Simplicity’: In Conversation with Dr. A. V. Koshy, Poet, Critic, Author, Educationist About His Poetry Collection
Allusions to Simplicity is Dr. Koshy A.V’s first solo collection of poetry. He speaks to Lopa Banerjee, author of the memoir 'Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey' about his latest publication.
‘These Poems Encapsulate My Life’: In Conversation with Sanjeev Sethi, Author of This Summer and That Summer
‘These Poems Encapsulate My Life’: In Conversation with Sanjeev Sethi, Author of This Summer and That Summer
An intimate author interview with prolific poet Sanjeev Sethi regarding his latest collection 'This Summer and That Summer'.
Worldwide Launch of The Significant Anthology
Worldwide Launch of The Significant Anthology
When thinking about the diverse themes, ideas, styles, forms and voices that coalesce in this anthology, it is this all-pervading attribute of peace and the unifying spirit of creative consciousness that strikes us about the book and makes us want to read it to understand its uniqueness and artistic/literary appeal. In conversation with author, editor, literary critic Dr. Koshy A.V. about a magnum opus literary anthology that he released, The Significant Anthology.
In Conversation with Ramakanta Das on His Poetry Collection 'Grass Flower'
In Conversation with Ramakanta Das on His Poetry Collection ‘Grass Flower’
The author and poet extraordinaire Ramakanta Das, speaks about the symbolism, the elements of mythology and the subtle Hindu philosophies represented in his poetry collection 'Grass Flower'.
His fourth book released in 2010 saw the poetic innovation in the form the twenty-one line fusion sonnets
A Stroll Through Sonnet Mondal’s Literary Pursuits
One of the most successful younger generation Indian English poets, Sonnet Mondal has a long list international literary magazines/ journal publications to his credit.
'I always write reality as I believe that there is no need to write fiction if there are enough realities around.'
‘I haven’t read any book till date’, says ‘It Had to Be You’ writer Anuj Tiwari
'When my second book It Had to Be You, came, situations were different, so I was prepared for that. Life was teaching and I was jotting down. Many times writing reached at that extent that I wrote something before and lived it later. It’s unbelievable but that happened with me.'
Reekrit Serai signing copies of Impulse
‘Even Romance Can Be Different’, Says Impulse Author Reekrit Serai
'I don’t want to force my thinking on anyone. It’s totally up to the reader what s/he wants to take back home. My job as a writer, just like a painter, is to paint a picture. What perception is formed is something I cannot push.'
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People's Poet
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet
Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form. So great was his stature as an Urdu poet that he never had to mould his poetry to suit the demands of film songwriting; instead producers and composers adapted their requirements to his poetry.
Film historian and archivist SMM Ausaja, the author of Bollywood in Posters in conversation with Learning and Creativity
Bollywood In Posters: 25-Year-Long Journey With Film Memorabilia
Film historian and archivist SMM Ausaja, the author of Bollywood in Posters speaks to Learning and Creativity at length, discussing his long and arduous journey through the painstaking collection and meticulous archiving and restoration of vintage film memorabilia, which is now a priceless repository of India's cinema heritage.
"The USP of Never Say Never according to me is the realism in the book. Even though Nikita, the protagonist of the novel, finds herself in hilarious situations, it is all plausible and believable. "
Impossible Is Nothing, Says ‘Never Say Never’ Author Anjali Kirpalani
One thing that I’ve learned while writing Never Say Never is that impossible is nothing. If you can dream it, you can certainly do it.
Tabrik C - Author of Prisoner 'Jailor Prime Minister'
Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister: More Than Shadows Of Real People
With India heading towards 16th Lok Sabha elections and expecting a new Prime Minister, the setting seems to be perfect for a novel based on politics and has a Prime Minister as the protagonist.
Shomprakash Sinha Roy - Author of 'Life Served Hot'
‘Not Every Book is a Spell of Magic’, says Shomprakash
'Honesty is important, yes; but in order to fulfil your own creative requirements, you often need to re-structure the scheme of things, or at least the chronological order in which stuff happens. Because you want readers to understand and accept your book in the way it was written.'
"It is not unbridled manipulation, naked ambition or overpowering obsession that can bring happiness."
Mohini: Bollywood, Beyond The Gloss And Glitter
"The greatest strength of the book is that the denouement goes beyond the pessimism, the grim reality and the sordid drama to offer more than a dash of hope."
Echoes From The Vortex (A memoir)
Echoes From The Vortex (A Memoir): Defeating The Whirlpool Inside
In an interview to Learning & Creativity, Monika talks about her experience of creating Echoes From The Vortex (A Memoir) as an experience of churning and discovery, as she battled stoically with cancer.
Founder & Chief Editor of Fablery, Nethra A
‘A Lot Of Good Story Tellers Out There’
Fablery is a place where you will get to read (very soon) works of a lot of good storytellers out there.
Huge rectangular stairs that lead to the river edge
Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras
In an interview to L&C, Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury talks about 'Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras', her latest book of poems on Benaras.
Swayam Ganguly
Love, Films and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Celebrating Youthful Energy
Swayam Ganguly's book ‘Love, Films and Rock ‘n’ Roll’, which was recently launched in Kolkata’s prestigious Oxford Bookstore. An exclusive interview.
Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen- Bengali Cinema’s First Couple
Uttam Kumar – Suchitra Sen: Enduring Magic of the Iconic Romantic Pair
L&C interviews Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury on her recent book “Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen- Bengali Cinema’s First Couple”.

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