In the second event in our Sin Cities series, Bengali author Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay will discuss Mumbai and Kolkata through her popular novel Panty. Chaired by Deborah Smith, founder of Tilted Axis Press, they will delve into the disparities between the two Indian cities.
Translated into English in the summer of 2016, Panty has been described by the Guardian as “an unnerving, ominous and beautiful meditation on the loneliness of modern life”. The story is based around the life of a woman who arrives alone in Kolkata, taking refuge in a deserted apartment. In the city, everything seems new and strange. Her sense of identity already shaken, when she finds a stained pair of leopard print panties in the otherwise-empty wardrobe she begins to fantasise about their former owner, whose imagined life comes to blur with and overlap her own.
Bandyopadhyay has been credited with being the woman who reintroduced hardcore sexuality into Bengali literature. Neither superficial nor sensationalistic, she is equally concerned with debates on religion and nationhood as with gender and sexuality. She has published nine novels and over fifty short stories since her controversial debut Shankini.
This event has been sponsored by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor- advised fund of the London Community Foundation. It is part of the Sin Cities: Vice & Virtue Across Asia’s Urban Landscapes series.
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