Arundhati’s talks now at new venue

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:09, Mar 05,2019 | Updated: 18:15, Mar 05,2019


Arundhati Roy. -- AFP file photo

The organisers of Chobi Mela 2019 have arranged a new venue for holding Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s ‘Utmost Everything — Arundhati Roy in conversation with Shahidul Alam’.

The talk will now be held on the 10th floor of MIDAS Centre on Road 16 (New), (old road 27) in Dhanmondi after police on Monday withdrew permission for the Krishibid Institution, said Chobi Mela organisers on a Facebook post.

The talk will start at 6:00pm but the organisers requested the guests to come an hour earlier.

The organisers of Chobi Mela 2019 were forced to stop all preparations at Krishibid Institution auditorium in the capital to stage the much-publicised talk by eminent writer Arundhati Roy of India, scheduled to be held on Tuesday evening, as police asked them not to prepare the stage at the venue, said the organisers.

‘The Krishibid Institution authorities, referring to Tejgaon police officer-in-charge, had asked us to stop the stage preparations. We were forced to stop the works. The OC has asked us to meet Tuesday morning,’ Drik director Rahnuma Ahmed told New Age in the evening.

She said that the directive came out of the blue though they had needed permission to hold the programme which they secured early on as part of the tenth edition of Chobi Mela, the most prestigious photography festival in Asia that was launched in the city on February 28 and scheduled to end on March 6.

The talk was scheduled to be held on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Arundhati is in Bangladesh on her first tour of the country.

Tejgaon police station officer-in-charge Mazharul Islam Kajal told New Age that the organisers were asked to stop their scheduled programme for security reasons.

‘The prime minister will attend a programme at the venue on March 8. For this reason, we are to hand over the venue to the SSF and Special Branch of Police three days before the programme. That is why we have to hand over the venue on Tuesday. As a result, we were compelled to ask them no to stage the programme on Tuesday,’ the OC explained.

Chobi Mela is organised by Drik Picture Library Ltd and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

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