Ramdas Bhatkal

Born in the booktrade; Family business of Popular Book Depot, established in 1924, that has developed into the publishing house Popular...

The Publishers Touch

How does a publisher see his or her role in the world of books? How does he or she choose which books to publish? And how does he give himself the freedom to publish those books, even when they promise no larger economic returns?

Popular Prakashan is one of those inspiring publishing houses that has combined sound business sense and a deep love of books and science, film, literature, theatre, poetry to bring out critically important books in Marathi, including some stellar work in children's books. With a deep sense of commitment to their writers, they have provided generations of readers with the rich work of writers like Vinda Karandikar, Gangadhar Gadgil, G.A. Kulkarni, Sadanand Rege, Grace and Kamal Desai, as well as some of the most beautifully illustrated books for children.

We are delighted to invite Ramdas Bhatkal - publisher, wears many caps - to share with us his passion for publishing, his own unique way of working with authors, and his keen sense for where the next amazing book may come from. We've asked him to share his story - from the direction he took Popular Prakashan in, to sharing some of his most memorable publishing anecdotes, to celebrating books and authors beyond the book itself. Expect an evening of reveling in the love of books and a discovery of the essential though often hidden role a publisher plays in sharing this love.

RSVP for this session begins on Monday 15th October 2018 at 1 PM.

Curated by Ramu Ramanathan.

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Born in the booktrade; Family business of Popular Book Depot, established in 1924, that has developed into the publishing house Popular Prakashan. A proud Elphinstonian, has a doctorate from the University of Mumbai on 'Gandhi and his Adversaries'. As a writer in Marathi has written extensively, particularly about relationships with the authors and artists. A major work is 'Mohanmaya' about Gandhi and his friends before 1915.

He has written 'Jagadamba' a play about Gandhi as seen by Kasturba. The play has been staged in Marathi and Hindi with Rohini Hattangadi and translated into English by Yashodhara Deshpande Maitra and staged in India and the USA. A Gujarati translation is likely to be staged soon. Has translated Gandhi's 'IndianĀ  Home Rule' into Marathi. A disciple of Sangeetacharya S.C.R.Bhat and now passing on the music legacy to the next generation. He has composed bandishes and written poems in Marathi. Was an active member of Group 77 formed to support democratic, socialist, secular movement and the founder president of Antarbharati Anuvaad Suvidha Kendra.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.