Rubbing shoulders: Aung San Suu Kyi, Abbas Kiarostami, Gayatri Spivak

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is an Indian literary critic, a theorist, and a University Professor, the highest honor for professors at Columbia University, where she is a founding member of the school's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Professor Spivak was speaking at a seminar at Dhaka University, organised by Naya Krishi, a farmers' cooperative in Bangladesh. ©: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

She was witty, connected, caring and sharp. Seamlessly moving between colloquial Bangla, bhodrolok Bangla and English, Spivak mesmerised, but did a few ticking offs too. All in her charming style so it took you a while to work out that a steam roller had gone over you. It was standing room only in packed seminar room at Dhaka University. Spivak was one of five visiting speakers, but clearly the one they had all come to see.

I was lucky as I had just returned from Tehran, when Rahnuma told me of the event, and Chulie and Yan managed to get my 100mm macro lens to me in time and I pedalled off to Dhaka University.

A couple of days back, I had made my way to Chiraz Square in Tehran to meet up with my old friend, the brilliant film maker and photographer Abbas Kiarostami. I returned with an arm load of books, including his early masterpiece, Snow White. Here are a couple of pictures from the book:

From the book: Snow White. Photo: Abbas Kiarostami

 

From the book Snow White. Photo: Abbas Kiarostami

The meeting earlier with Aung San Suu Kyi, in Myanmar was opportunistic. But hey with people like that, one doesn’t care how it works out :-)

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Rubbing shoulders: Aung San Suu Kyi, Abbas Kiarostami, Gayatri Spivak

  1. Robin says:

    Hey Shahidul – Onek din kotha hoy nai. Spivak is always a blast to listen to! Her writing most of the time is beyond me!!!

  2. Raiyan Ahmed says:

    Dear Mama,
    Are you sure that Spivak did “speak”?  And certainly, in what sense could she – there, then, and now?

    – Raiyan 

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