Programme (subject to change)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

EVERYONE IS INVITED. ENTRY FREE AND OPEN FOR ALL

Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | INAUGURATION: HANDMADE IN RAJASTHAN
Curated by Prasad Bidapa
Exhibition open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on 24-27 August 2017

By Invitation Only

Thursday, 24 August 2017 – Inaugural 

India House

7:15 pm: Lighting of the lamp by HM the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, HE Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, HE Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar, Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and Pramod Kumar KG

7:20 pm – 7:25 pm: Welcome Address by HE Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar

7:25 pm – 7:35 pm: Inaugural Address by HM the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

7:35 pm – 7:40 pm: Address by HE Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay

7:40 pm – 7:45 pm: Marchang: Performance by the students of Sersang School

7:45 pm – 7:50 pm: Zhungdra: Performance by the students of Sersang School

7:55 pm – 8:00 pm: Mountain Echoes: Address by Festival Director Tshering Tashi

8:00 pm – 8:05 pm: Mountain Echoes: Address by Festival Director Namita Gokhale

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Friday, 25 August 2017

EVERYONE IS INVITED. ENTRY FREE AND OPEN FOR ALL

Auditorium, Royal University of Bhutan

10:00 am – 10:05 am | OPENING ADDRESS

10:05 am – 10:30 am | DRAMETSE NGACHAM: DANCE OF THE DRUMS
Students from The Royal Academy of Performing Arts, introduced by Ashi Kesang Choden T

10:35 am – 11:10 am | THE LEGACY OF ZHABDRUNG: THE SPIRITUAL AND THE TEMPORAL
Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in conversation with Khenpo Sonam Bumdhen

11:30 am – 12:10 pm | THE KARMA OF WRITING
Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Mohini Gupta

12:15 pm – 12:50 pm | SET FREE
Emma Slade in conversation with Michael Rutland

1:35 pm – 2:15 pm | I’VE GOT MAGIC
Neel Madhav

2:20 pm – 3:00 pm | THE TURQUOISE HEART: A BHUTANESE REMEMBERS A BHUTANESE
Pawo Choyning Dorji

3:05 pm – 3:45 pm | NEIGHBOURS: HIMALAYAN PERSPECTIVES
K Anis Ahmed, Sujeev Shakya, Tenzing Lamsang in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra

3:50 pm – 4:30 pm | THE BOOK THIEF 
Markus Zusak in conversation with Linda Leaming
This session has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

4:35 pm – 4:45 pm | BOOKx: KHAKEY 
Yeshi Tsheyang Zam, Chand Bhattarai. Launch of Book

5:00 pm | ON THE RAMP
Chimmi Choden, Chandrika Tamang, David Abraham, Prasad Bidapa, Rakesh Thakore in conversation with Malika Verma Kashyap

Tarayana Centre

10:30 am – 11:00 pm | SHOW AND TELL: VISUAL STORYTELLING THROUGH SIGN LANGUAGE
Sonam Choden, Sushila Gurung and students from the Wangsel Institute 

11:05 am – 12:05 pm | HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR MUM?
Part I of the two-part creative writing workshop with Jerry Pinto
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2:30 pm – 4:30 pm | READING THE LINES: CAPTURING SOUND AND SENSE IN TRANSLATION
A workshop on literary translations with Tess Lewis, introduced by Mohini Gupta
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Saturday, 26 August 2017

EVERYONE IS INVITED. ENTRY FREE AND OPEN FOR ALL

Auditorium, Royal University of Bhutan

9:30 am – 9:40 am | MENJONG CHOEGI ZHINGDHIR
A Performance by the students of the Royal Academy of Performing Arts

10:00 am – 10:40 am | INGLORIOUS EMPIRE
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra

10:45 am – 11:20 am | THE BONELESS TONGUE: THE POETIC ART OF LOZEY
The Royal Academy of Performing Arts

11:40 am – 12:10 pm | THE SARI SERIES
Malika Verma Kashyap, introduced by Pramod Kumar KG

12:15 pm – 12:55 pm | WHY ON EARTH? UNDERSTANDING NATURAL HISTORY
Pranay Lal, Sherub Sherub in conversation with Pradip Krishen

1:40 pm – 2:20 pm | IF WALLS COULD TALK: FUTURE OF THE PAST
Karma Gelay in conversation with Nagtsho Dorji

2:25 pm – 3:00 pm | STORIES AND SUBVERSIONS 
Vayu Naidu, introduced by Lilia Khousnoutdinova

3:05 pm – 3:35 pm | HISTORY IN A PEBBLE
Ashi Sonam Choden Dorji in conversation with Sonam Deki

3:40 pm – 3:55 pm | BOOKx: HOME SHANGRILA
Lingchen Dorji, Linda Leaming. Launch of book

 3:55 pm – 4:05pm | BOOKx: INDIA’s INDIRA
Launch of book by Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, in conversation with Shashi Tharoor

4:20 pm – 5:00 pm | SEEKING THE DHARMA: HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM
Devdutt Pattanaik, introduced by Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjor

5:05 pm – 5:45 pm | THE WORLD IN OUR HANDS
K Anis Ahmed in conversation with Prayaag Akbar

5:50 pm – 6:30 pm | TALES OF MOUNTAIN ROADS
Ruskin Bond in conversation with Amrita Tripathi

Tarayana Centre

10:30 am – 12:30 pm | LET’S TELL YOUR MUM’S STORY
Part 2 of the two-part creative writing workshop with Jerry Pinto

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | SLEIGHT OF HAND
A workshop on magic with Neel Madhav
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4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | SHADES OF GREEN
A tree walk and workshop with Rebecca Pradhan, accompanied by Pradip Krishen
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Clock Tower

7:30 pm onwards| MOUNTAIN ECHOES MUSIC STAGE
Sangay Lhaden, The Baby Boomrs and Druk Jackson & Waki Nation Crew 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

EVERYONE IS INVITED. ENTRY FREE AND OPEN FOR ALL

Auditorium, Royal University of Bhutan

9:30 am – 9:40 am | NEYLA DANGPA MICHA
A Performance by the students of the Royal Academy of Performing Arts

10:00 am – 10:40 am | SPEAKING VOLUMES
Jerry Pinto in conversation with Tess Lewis

10:45 am – 11:25 am | VIRTUAL MEMORY: DIGITIZING THE PAST
Ashi Kesang Choden T, Pema Abrahams in conversation

11:45 am – 12:25 pm | FANTASY NO MORE: LIVING IN DYSTOPIA
Prayaag Akbar in conversation with Markus Zusak

12:30 pm – 1:05 pm | WRITE OUT LOUD
Francesca Beard, introduced by Alan Gemmell
This session is supported by British Council- IELTS

1:50 pm – 2:30 pm | MISTRESS OF SPICES
Padma Lakshmi in conversation with Barkha Dutt

2:35 pm – 3:20 pm | THE INNER LIFE OF TREES
Pradip Krishen, Rebecca Pradhan, Phuntsho Namgyel in conversation with Nawang Norbu

3:25 pm – 3:35 pm | BOOKx: FACTS ABOUT BHUTAN 
Lily Wanggchuk. Launch of book by Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

3:35 pm – 3:45 pm | BOOKx: ECHOES OF BHUTAN
Barbara Shaffer, Barry Shaffer. Launch of book by Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo 

4:00 pm – 4:40 pm | WAY OF MINDFULNESS: BUDDHIST PRACTICE IN DAILY LIFE
His Eminence Kyabje Khedrup Rinpoche, Ugyen Tenzin Thinley Lhendup in conversation with Dr. Chencho Dorji

4:40 pm – 4:50 pm | BOOKx: ADOLESCENCE SPIRIT
Deebesh Bhattarai, Seeksha Bhattarai. Launch of Book

4:50 pm – 5:30 pm | ROMANCE AAJ KAL
Imtiaz Ali in conversation with Tsokye Tshomo

5:30 pm – 5:35 pm | CLOSING ADDRESS

Hotel Taj Tashi

10:00 am – 10:40 am | TAKING THE LEAD
Chewang Rinzin, Tshering Cigay Dorji, Justice Tashi Chhozom in conversation with Mohini Gupta

10:45 am -11:25 am | WOMAN UP
Amrita Tripathi, Barkha Dutt, Kuenga Wangmo, Padma Lakshmi, in conversation with Tandin Wangmo

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | 13 STEPS TO LUCK, WEALTH AND SUCCESS
A workshop with Ashwin Sanghi
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12:35 pm – 1:15 pm | OUR COMMON FUTURE: ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMICS 
Dasho Chencho Norbu, Jeffery Gettleman in conversation with Sujeev Shakya

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm | WORKING YOUR WAY UP
Palden Tshering in conversation with Thinley Palden Dorji

2:45 pm – 3:25 pm | THE MAKING OF A CONSCIOUS LEADER
Gopilal Acharya, Needrup Zangpo, Nishtha Gautam in conversation with Sujeev Shakya 

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm | BUSINESS SUTRA
A workshop with Devdutt Pattanaik
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Mojo Park

7:30 pm onwards | YOU CAN HAVE THE LAST WORD
Open Mic – Poetry, Stand-up comedy, Music