NABC 2018 Literary Seminar

In many ways, culture has been and will continue to be the longest and yet the most wonderful bridge between peoples of same milieu separated by enormous physical distances. Bengalis moved from the land of Ganga, Padma, Sundarban, Bay of Bengal, and the Himalayas, but wherever they moved to, they brought with them their indomitable quest and love for Bengali culture. North American Bengali Conference (NABC) is probably the most dazzling testament to that fact.

While literature arguably is the lifeline of Bengali culture, literary seminar has always been the jewel in the crown of all the NABCs prior, and 2018 is no exception.

Detailed plans for several events are in the process of being finalized. Following is a glimpse of what’s happening in the Lit Seminar.

  1. International Literature Program – Saturday, June 29th – one event in the morning; participants include:

    1. Amit Choudhuri – Very prominent Indian writer with very wide international acclaim.

    2. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – famous Indian/American Novelist

    3. Kushanava Choudhury – “The Epic City” famed writer cum journalist

    4. Another unconfirmed international writer

  2. Bengali Literature Program – Saturday, June 29 and Sunday June 30th -  two events (Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning/early afternoon); participants include:

    1. Srijato Bandopadhaya ­ Poet, Novelist

    2. Angshuman Kar ­ Poet

    3. Tilottama Majumdar – Novelist, Poet

    4. Sekhar Basu – Travelogue, Short Stories, Fiction writer

    5. Goutam Datta – Poet, Dramatist

  3. Panel discussion on drama as literature - Saturday, June 29th – one event, Saturday afternoon

  4. Interconnectedness and interchangeability between literary works and theater, and writers in the traditional sense and playwrights.

    1. Panelists include:

      1. Sudipta Bhawmik – eminent Indian American playwright and thespian

      2. Koushik Sen – Writer and dramatist

      3. Sarwar Harun – Bangladeshi/American playwright and thespian

    2. Moderator – Gargi Mukherjee, Indian/American thespian, Film Director

  5. North America Based Authors/Poets – various writers, poets, performers from around North America – one event Saturday – late afternoon

  6. Format (various)

    1. Panel discussions - guests would speak on some given topic – interactive with audience.

    2. Poetry and prose reading by guest authors (International Domestic).

Pictures (Main Events)

Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni




Angshuman Kar

Angshuman Kar

Tilottama Majumdar


Sudipta Bhawmik

Sudipta Bhawmik

Kushanava Choudhury


Goutam Datta

Goutam Datta

Sekhar Basu

Sekhar Basu