Following his audience interaction at Jaipur Lit Fest 2015, Susmit heads to Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) for the ‘Ocean to Ocean – Susmit Sen on the band, the music and the magic’ session on January 25, 6:00 pm at Victoria Memorial Hall. Author and mythologist, Devdutt Pattanaik headed the next session Devdutt Pattanaik with his simple yet captivating narrative of animals from Hindu Mythology. He shared thoughts on parents being the best storytellers and explains he writes stories for parents to tell their children.
Other Ford Samvad sessions included ‘Be a Crime Buster’ by Ketaki Karnik, Crime Busters League creator wherein teenage detectives take on devious criminals. Samit Basu’s ‘From here to Hogwarts’ session was interactive with children sharing their stories. Manasi Subramanium and Shobha Viswanath focused on ‘The Fox and the Crow’ tale in exploring the story’s universality. Ford Samvad also hosted a multi-vocal poetry reading session that featured Kevin Powers, Ruth Padel, Aidan Singh Bhati, CP Surendran, and Ashok Vajpeyi among others.
Ford Samvad conversations have been engaging for children to inspire and encourage them to build their own stories, and find meaning in what is right and be creative. As exclusive sponsor of Samvad, Ford looks to drive meaningful conversations around holistic education in its commitment to a ‘Better World Vision’ of which, ‘Happy Schools’ is a crucial developmental chapter.
The auto manufacturer partnered with Jaipur Literature Festival for a second year to bring forth Ford Samvad to encourage conversations on literature for young adults.
In engaging with fans and customers on social media, Kulbhushan Kumar and Sunil Malhotra have won a fully sponsored trip to Jaipur Lit Fest 2015. Urvashi Butalia and Puneeta Roy’s Ford Samvad session was on ‘Girls and Boys: On the Same Page’. The Medium is the Message session saw Nigel Harris, President and MD, Ford India participate alongside Ravish Kumar, Madhu Trehan, Kalpesh Yagnik and Raghu Karnad.
Matt Reid, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation, opened the ‘Ignited Minds’session. In another event, kids launched the book ‘Chhote Haath Badi Baat’, the work of young published writers made possible by Ford Samvad.