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City eyes UNESCO’s coveted title

There would hardly be a person worth his knowledge about Kolkata who wouldn’t agree that it qualifies as the ‘City of Literature’.


January 31, 2009 2:02:25 am

There would hardly be a person worth his knowledge about Kolkata who wouldn’t agree that it qualifies as the ‘City of Literature’. However,if the city bags the title from UNESCO,it would acquire a more special meaning for Kolkatans. “Bengali literature has always been a great unifier. While the Ramayan was translated with Muslim support,a Hindu lawyer translated the Koran in Bengali,” said noted writer Mani Shankar Mukherjee,who along with Jenny Brown unveiled a copy of the Kolkata’s bid for the coveted title on Thursday. Brown is the founder-member of Edinburgh City of Literature Trust.

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