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Nandana Dev Sen at the New York Public Library

May 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us this Saturday, May 14th at 4 PM EST, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, for a wonderful afternoon of poetry, dance and discussion!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Library for the Performing Arts is hosting Unbroken Time, Infinite Space: The Acrobatic Poetry of Nabaneeta Dev Sen, presented by her daughter, the writer, translator and actor Nandana Dev Sen. She will be joined by dancer and choreographer Preeti Vasudevan, actor Sarita Choudhury, and writer Marina Budhos, who will share their own interpretations of the poetry through performance and discussion.

Nandana will read from Acrobat, Nabaneeta Dev Sen‘s radiant collection of poetry about womanhood, intimacy, and the body politic that together evokes the arc of an ordinary life. Dev Sen’s rhythmic lines explore the contours of first love, motherhood, loss and decay with a restless, tactile imagination, both picking apart and celebrating the rituals that make us human. Translated with lightness and lyricism by her daughter Nandana, Acrobat is at once compassionate and unsparing, conversational and symphonic.

Please join us with your families on what promises to be a very special Saturday afternoon. You can register for the event online, for free, here.

Nandana Dev Sen is a writer, actor, and child-rights activist. She has written six children’s books (translated into more than 15 languages globally), and starred in 20 feature films (from four continents, in numerous languages). She has represented UNICEF, RAHI and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to fight against child abuse, and to end human trafficking. Winner of the Last Girl Champion Award (and multiple Best Actress Awards), Nandana is Child Protection Ambassador for Save the Children India. Nandana is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (all three at Nandana Dev Sen). For news and updates, please swing by www.nandanadevsen.com.

Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938-2019) remains one of the most beloved and versatile Bengali writers of all time. Equally expressive in poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, she has over one hundred books to her credit, including compilations of poems, novels, plays, stories, memoirs, academic essays, children’s literature, political columns, literary translations, and multiple volumes of her collected works. Her many honors include the Padma Shri, Bangla Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award of the Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Guild. Dev Sen lived a parallel life as a distinguished international scholar and feminist, and was the Founder and President of the West Bengal Women Writers’ Association, Soi.


May 14
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm