ASM LitClub Online programme on Rochelle Potkar’s “Bombay Hangovers” : Sweating Bombay’s sensorium in stories Saturday 24th July at 6 pm on Zoom
The ASM Literary Club is delighted to invite you to attend a programme based on the latest book by Rochelle Potkar “Bombay Hangovers: Sweating Bombay’s sensorium in stories” on Saturday, 24th July 2021 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. She will be in conversation with our member Raamesh Gowri Raghavan, Editor, Narrow Road Literary Journal.
Join them on a roller coaster journey and traverse the sixteen short stories that comprise the book. The sagas with their disparate caste, class, and religious settings, throb with vivid characters many of us will recognize. The stories are a multisensory overload, as is our city. Yes, the book will pulsate at all five senses, and at the sixth - memory. Experience, with these colourful protagonists, the storied hangovers of a city that intoxicates you, as you live, inhale and exhale in it.
Rochelle Potkar is a Fictionist, Poet, Critic, Curator, Editor, Translator and Screenwriter. She is a convincing raconteur, tells a story well. Her book of haibun, Paper Asylum was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020. She is an alumna of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP 2015) and a Charles Wallace Fellow, University of Stirling 2017.
We look forward to having you with us at this event, if you would like to read some of the stories earlier, the link via Amazon is given below:
Amazon link:
Zoom link for the programme:
Meeting ID: 844 2897 4000
Passcode: 028886
- Meenal Kshirsagar , Vice President of the Society & Chairperson - ASM LitClub
- Dr Usha R Vijailakshmi, Officiating Hon. Secretary, Asiatic Society of Mumbai

The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Literary Club
ASM LitClub (Online) Programme Anchored by the book
“The Ant who Swallowed the Sun - The Abhangs of the Marathi Women Saints”,
translated by Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto
on Wednesday, 10th February 2021 5.30 – 7.30 p.m.

The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai is delighted to invite you to an Online programme based on the book “The Ant who swallowed the Sun”; the Abhangs of the Marathi Women Saints”, translated by Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto. Neela Bhagwat will sing some of the Abhangs, accompanied on the tabla by Sandeep Pawar. Author Jerry Pinto will read the English versions. Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto have translated selections of the poetry of ten women Bhakti poets from Maharashtra. The Ant Who Swallowed the Sun has already been lauded as a "splendid achievement" by Ranjit Hoskote.
Neela Bhagwat is a renowned exponent of the Gwalior gharana. With her background of Masters in Marathi, she has been engaged in composing khayals based on her own experiences as well as social concerns.
Jerry Pinto has translated several books from Marathi including the seminal Dalit autobiography, Baluta by Daya Pawar; When I Hid My Caste and other Stories by Baburao Bagul and Strike a Blow to Change the World by Eknath Awad. He is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights and teaches at the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic.
Tabla player Sandeep Pawar is a disciple of Pt. Arvind Molgaonkar. He has accompanied many vocalists and is an acclaimed soloist.
We look forward to your participation in the 111th birth anniversary of author Durga Bhagwat. This promises to be a unique, milestone event in our cultural history. It will enchant our poetry and music lovers and those interested in Bhakti Literature. Please be there.

- Dr Usha R. Vijailakshmi, Officiating Hon. Secretary
- Meenal Kshirsagar, Chairperson - ASM LitClub

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 6414 2656
Passcode: 459471

The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai is delighted to invite you to a talk on ‘Lavani: a devotional and aesthetic approach’ by Dr. Prakash Khandge, ex-Professor, Lok Kala Academy, University of Mumbai, on Friday 13th March 2020 at 5.30 p.m. in the Durbar Hall of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
Dr. Khandge will give us an enthralling exposition on Lavani, the well-known Maharashtrian folk dance form, performed to the beats of the “dholki,” a percussion instrument. While Lavani and the evolution of Marathi folk theatre have been synergistic, today, it is often associated with eroticism, a misinterpretation of the genre. This belies Lavani’s rich literary tradition that elegantly combines song, dance and enactment. Widely performed in the later Peshwa period, its roots can be traced to the devotional songs and narratives of saints of Maharashtra.
Dr. Prakash Khandge, founder and head of the Lok Kala Academy of the University of Mumbai, is a recipient of several awards, including the Lalit Kala Akademi. He has authored several books on Folk Literature and Performing and Tribal Arts.
Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m.

- Mr. Surendra Kulkarni,Hon. Secretary, ASM
- Prof. Meenal Kshirsagar, Chairperson - ASM LitClub

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