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Upcoming Event: Soimela 2017

Upcoming Event: Celebrating the 79th Birthday of Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Soi will celebrate the 79th birthday of her Founder President Nabaneeta Dev Sen from 5 p.m. onward on 14th January, 2017 at the Triguna Sen Auditorium of Jadavpur University. A book titled 'Nabaneeta 79' , published by 'Karigar' will be released on this joyous occasion. Sankha Ghosh, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Alokranjan Dasgupta, Pabitra Sarkar, Ipsita Chanda, Chinmay Guha and Aveek Majumdar will be present  among us. Pranati Thakur will recite; Debarati Shome, Ranjini Mukhopadhyay and Riddhi Bandyopadhyay will enthrall all with their musical performances. The members of Soi will convey love and respect for their beloved mentor with performances. The programme will end with a short film on Nabaneeta Dev Sen developed by Sahitya Akademi. Chaitali Dasgupta will be the MC for the evening.

Kolkata International Book Fair, SBI Auditorium, 31st January, 4.30 pm:

An afternoon of book releases, readings, adda with the authors, music and performance!

Three publications of Soi would be released at the 41st Kolkata International Book Fair.

Sita’s Echoes

Vaidehi, Volga and Nabaneeta Dev Sen speak on women retelling the Ramayana

Venue: Victoria Memorial Hall, Western Quadrangle
27 th January, 3.15 pm

Make Up Your Mind

Nandana Sen and Nabaneeta Dev Sen on the daughter’s translations of the mother's poetry

Venue: Son-et-Lumiere
29th January, 2.15 pm-

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The first session of Soi-mela Boi-mela 2018 was themed on “Creative Women against Violence”, which was also the primary focus of this year’s Soi-mela Boi-mela 2018. This session was moderated by Antara Dev Sen and had such respected and prominent speakers as Mrinal Pande, Kamla Bhasin,Irom Sharmila and Anita Agnihotri.

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Lighting of the inaugural lamp

Day 1, 6th January, 2018

The theme of Soi-mela Boi-mela 2018 was 'Creative Women Against Violence' . Worried by the dismal atmosphere of hatred and violence all around, the theme was a natural choice for the annual meet of Soi.
The event started with a warm welcome speech by the President, Nabaneeta Dev Sen. The eminent guests this year were Kamla Bhasin,social scientist ,human rights activist, writer; Mrinal Pande, ex-editor, writer; and Irom Sharmila Chanu, human rights activist, popularly known as the iron lady of Manipur. The President welcomed them with the yellow roses of friendship.

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The theme for Soimela 2017 was 'Bhumikanya': A Festival of Folk and Tribal Women's Literature and Culture. Organised on 23rd and 24th April, 2017, Soimela 2017 remained witness to vivid creative explorations of eminent women writers, poets, singers and theatre activists from around the country.