30 January - 3 February 2025 | Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur

Manoranjan Byapari

Manoranjan Byapari is a prolific writer in Bengali, whose important works include Chhera Chhera Jibon, Ittibrite Chandal Jibon and the Chandal Jibon trilogy. He taught himself to read and write at the age of twenty-four when he was in prison. He has worked as a rickshaw-puller, a sweeper and a porter. Until 2018, he was working as a cook at the Hellen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Blind in West Bengal. In 2018, the English translation of his memoir, Ittibrite Chandal Jibon (Interrogating My Chandal Life), received the Hindu Prize for non-fiction. The English translation of his novel Batashe Baruder Gandha (There’s Gunpowder in the Air) was shortlisted for the JCB Prize 2019, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 & the Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Prize 2020.  In 2021, Byapari became a member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly.


02 Feb | 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM | Venue - SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S9 SERIES FRONT LAWN

46. In Character

Tejaswini Apte-Rahm, Manoranjan Byapari, Vikramjit Ram and Manoj Rupda in conversation with Somak Ghoshal

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