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‘Until the Lions’ : Poetry by Karthika Nair

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Date(s) - 17/10/2015
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Alliance Française de Trivandrum


Dance-book (1)_Page_2Book launch ‘Until the Lions’ : Poetry by Karthika Nair
6.00pm @ Alliance Française de Trivandrum

Alliance Française de Trivandrum in association with HarperCollins India and Institut Français en Inde is pleased to present Book launch:‘Until the Lions‘ : Poetry by Karthika Nair on 17 October, 2015, 6.00 pm at Alliance Française de Trivandrum.

In Until the Lions, Karthika Naïr retells the epic through multiple voices. This collection captures the Mahabharata through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens but also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting god. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take centre stage, we get a glimpse of lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of god and nation, heroes and victory — of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable.

Until the Lions will be introduced by noted litterateur, Paul Zacharia. Following the introduction, Karthika Nair will be in conversation with Dr. Venu.

About the Book

Until the Lions:  The Mahabharata is one of South Asia’s best-loved epics, one that transcends time and place; one that has, through its long meanderings, birthed perhaps as many versions as protagonists. As much a social and political treatise as a rousing saga of gods and heroes, it is also an interrogation of power and the fissures around concepts like justice and duty that give moral sanction to violence and war.

A French-Indian, poet-dance producer/curator,Karthika Naïr calls herself a portmanteau person, “like sofa-beds and motels”. Naïr is the author of Bearings (HarperCollins India, 2009), a poetry collection and The Honey Hunter/Le Tigre de Miel (Young Zubaan, India/Editions Hélium, France, 2013), a children’s book illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. She was also the principal scriptwriter of DESH, choreographer Akram Khan’s award-winning dance production. In Karthika Naïr’s résumé as an enabler, one finds mention of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Käfig/Mourad Merzouki, two Olivier awards, Auditorium Musica per Roma, the Louvre, the Cité de la musique, the Centre national de la danse, the Villette, the Shaolin Temple in Henan, misadventures with ninja swords and pachyderms, among others, many of which make their way willy-nilly into her poetry (though, hopefully, not into this retelling of the Mahabharata).”