A Lecture and Interactive Session on Shiva’s Blue Throat by Kiran Nagarkar

Kiran Nagarakar is the author of the critically acclaimed novels ‘Ravan and Eddie’. ‘Cuckold’ ( for which he one the Sahitya Akademi Award), ‘God’s Little Soldier and The Extras’, a sequel to ‘Ravan and Eddie’. His first book, ‘Saat Sakkam Trechalis’, written in Marathi and translated into English as ‘Seven Sixes Forty-three’, is considered a landmark in post- Independence Indian Literature. His play ‘Bedtime Story’ and the screenplay ‘Black Tulip’ were published in 2015. His novels have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Marathi. Nagarakar has also written several plays and screenplays in Marathi and English.

In his talk on ‘Shiva’s blue throat’ on 30th August, Nagarkar used the analogy of Shiva to describe the role of an artist in the society. An artist is the one who drinks the poison from the society, and never complains about it. The talk, in general, addressed the role and responsibility of artists. The lecture was succinct, and because of its personal nature, was very moving.