Author Kiran Nagarkar, hailed as one of the most important and critical voices in contemporary India, will participate in the Indian cultural celebration at RMIT Gallery this Thursday.
The event runs between 6pm and 8pm, as part of the exhibition Kindness/Udarta. Australia-India Cultural Exchange.
Among his most known works are Saat Sakkam Trechalis (Seven Sixes Are Forty Three), Ravan and Eddie (1994), and the epic novel, Cuckold (1997) for which he was awarded the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award in English by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.
Mr Nagarkar's latest novel, The Extras, released early this year, is a sequel to Ravan and Eddie and traces the adult lives of Ravan and Eddie as extras in Bollywood.
He will appear in conversation with acclaimed author Christopher Kremmer, discussing themes of cultural exchange with India.
Suzanne Davies, Director, RMIT Gallery, said that the contributing artists to Kindness/Udarta represented a significant sample of creative people who had experienced each other's culture, visited each other's country, worked together, and built relationships based on friendship and mutual respect.
"Kiran Nagarkar is an outspoken author, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and one of the most critical voices of post-colonial India, and we are delighted to have his contribution in both the exhibition and at our cultural celebration," she said.
Ms Davies said the cultural celebration on 2 August would bring together writers, artists and musicians with a live performance by Vinod Prasanna playing bansuri - Indian bamboo flute - and Australia's foremost exponent of India raga music, Kate Tempany, the first Australian woman to build a career around India tabla.
The event is free and all are welcome.
Mr Nagarkar will also be in conversation with journalist and author Gideon Haigh at the Byron Bay Writers Festival this Sunday.