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Kitaabnama has completed fifty wonderful episodes

MUMBAI: Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond’ is aired weekly on Saturdays at 5:00 PM on DD National and on Sundays at 8:00 PM on DD Bharati.

We are delighted to announce that Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond, India’s only multilingual book show has completed fifty wonderful episodes as on the 30th and 31st of August, 2014.

The 50th episode celebrated lyricist, poet and writer Gulzar Saheb in conversation with Yatindra Mishra

Addressing literary issues of contemporary interest through dialogue and conversation, ‘Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond’ has featured discussions, readings and encounters with writers, academics, journalists, filmmakers, publishers and intellectuals. Showcasing the multilingual diversity of India, our show includes speakers from the spheres of Hindi, English, and various Indian languages including Bangla, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Khasi, Rajasthani, Gujarati and Asura amongst others.

The show includes guest appearances from international names and voices as well Conceived by writer and literary activist Namita Gokhale, the program showcases the multilingual diversity of Indian literature. In recent years, there has been a renaissance in Indian literature. With 22 scheduled languages, 122 regional languages, 4 classical languages (Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada and Telegu), thousands of mother tongues and countless dialects, India has a complex, composite literary legacy. The proliferation of literary festivals, has demonstrated the need and desire of audiences to connect with books and writers and to resonate with the world of ideas.

‘Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond’ is an unfolding kaleidoscope of books, authors and readings’, comments Namita Gokhale. The show feature a diverse range of celebrated names including Ashok Vajpeyi, Amish Tripathi, Geetanjali Shree, Mahesh Dattani, Mahmood Farooqui, Uday Prakash, Mamta Kalia, Keki Daruwalla, Bhanu Bharati, Urvashi Butalia, Ramchandra Guha, and Lord Meghnad Desai.

‘‘Kitaabnama’ is among the positive steps that Doordarshan has recently taken to reach out to the soul of India- when many others compete for the ears and eyes. Literature is the ‘second opinion’ that all nations have to seek for their own health, both mental and physical. We’re fortunate to have Namita lead it and we’re sure it’ll bear her magic touch and benefit from her vast experience.’’ Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati