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Posted on Jan 14, 03:24PM | IBNS
A lazy Sunday evening, a smattering of European literature from a Nobel laureate and some timeless drawings of an Indian creative genius.
On its closing day on Sunday, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival presented an evening dedicated to Norwegian author and Noble Laureate Knut Hamsun and famous Indian sculptor and printmaker Somnath Hore.
An exhibition of hundred drawings of Hore on 20th century Bengal and its contemporary socio-political crisis was accompanied by a dramatized reading of Knut Hamsun's master piece 'Hunger' by renowned thespian Jayant Kriplani.
Hore's sketches, sculptures and prints were a reaction to major historical crises and events of 20th century Bengal, such as the Bengal Famine of 1943 and the Tebhaga movement.
The Nobel award winning book 'Hunger' on the other hand is a monologue of a struggling artist hoping for success, and is considered one of Hamsun's best work. The book, an autobiographical, is regarded as one of the first examples of psychological literature and the stream-of-consciousness technique.
The week long exhibition was inaugurated by Ambassador of Norway to India, Eivind S. Homme at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR.