Zubaan, Leikol, and Amasoong
cordially invites you to
Introducing Centrepiece: A Conversation Among Artists, Poets and Writers

Introduction and reading session.
Exhibition of select writings and reproduced artworks.

Art, poetry, photos, essays, and fiction by 22 women writers and artists who came together to explore the theme of work. Join us in celebrating this wonderful book.

Supported by Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Programme Schedule:

15th March, 2018 (registration required)

1:15 pm: Internal Session : Workshop with Leikol on “Publishing in the Mainstream”

Resource Person, Urvashi Butalia,
Feminist writer and publisher, founder Zubaan Books

2:15 pm: Tea-break

2:30 pm: Unveiling of the week-long exhibition of select writings and reproduced artworks from Centrepiece, the book

2:45 pm: Open Session – “Introducing Centrepiece: A Conversation Among Artists, Poets and Writers”

Presidium Members: Dr. Nahakpam Aruna, President, Leikol & Urvashi Butalia, Feminist writer and publisher, founder Zubaan Books

Speakers :
• Parismita Singh, Editor Centrepiece – Introducing Centrepiece
• Kundo Yumnam, Artist & Contributor, Centrepiece
• Sanatombi Ningombam, Writer & Contributor, Centrepiece
• Thingnam Anjulika Samom, Writer & Contributor, Centrepiece

3:00 pm: Speech by Presidium Members

3:10 pm to 6:00 pm: A Conversation Among Artists, Poets and Writers

Readings by:
• Bimabati Thiyam Ongbi, writer
• Binapani Thokchom, poet
• Chingangbam Sangaijaobi, poet
• Hawaibam Jandho, poet
• Koijam Santibala, poet
• Kshetrimayum Subadani, poet
• Lairenlakpam Ibemhal, poet
• Maya Nepram, writer
• Ningombam Seityabati, poet
• Ngaseppam Nee Devi, writer
• Sanahanbi Chanu RK, poet
• Sunita Ningombam, writer

• Natalie Nk
• Seema Irom
• Sweetie Sapam
• Thawan
• Nyaydhar Potsangbam
• Suresh Khuraijam
• Premkumar Khumanthem
• Lenin Ksh

6:00 pm: Light refreshment

16th – 21st March, 2018 (open to all)
Exhibition 12pm to 5pm


About Centrepiece:
This book brings you a wealth of stories, in words and images, from a part of India known as the Northeast, a term that is widely contested for the ways in which it homogenizes a region of great diversity. It is also a term that has come to be a marker of identity and solidarity by many who are of the region. Here, 22 writers and artists look at the idea of ‘work’ — from street hawking to beer brewing, from mothering to dung collection — and describe their lives or those of others with humour and compassion. This wonderful compilation of the works of women asks: what are the different ways of telling a story? What if we were to attempt these tellings through poetry and portraits and essays, older traditions like textile art and applique and new genres like hashtag poetry tapped into a smartphone? Where would it take us, what would the world look like?

Contributors: Zubeni Lotha | Minam Apang | Alyen Leeachum Foning | Aheli Moitra | Soibam Haripriya | Gertrude Lamare | Rini Barman | Nitoo Das | Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Parismita Singh | Dolly Kikon | Ayangbe Mannen | Aungmakhai Chak | Jacqueline Zote | Meena Laishram | Prashansa Gurung | Shreya Debi and Bilseng R Marak | Mona Zote | Nabina Das | Mamang Dai | Sanatombi Ningombam | Kundo Yumnam