Literature will get its fair share of glamour at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2009 beginning on January 21 when Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan shares the stage with art connoisseur Neville Tuli, the founder of the Mumbai-based auction house and archive Osian.
Bachchan's presence has been posted on the official website of the festival. He will attend a session on January 23 on his biography, Bachchanalia: The Films and Memorabilia of Amitabh Bachchan, at the Durbar hall in Diggy Palace, the venue of the festival.
Osian's CARD, an arm of the auction house, will present Bachchanalia: The Films and Memorabilia of Amitabh Bachchan, a biography of the Bollywood icon co-authored by journalist Bhawana Somaaya and Osian's Centre for Archiving, Research and Development (CARD), sources in the organising committee of the festival said Friday.
Bachchanalia... is a documentation of the superstar's journey of the film world, illustrated through rare film and exclusive movie posters and publicity material.
The book, the debut publication of Osian's Publishing and Design House, was launched in Mumbai earlier this month (Jan 3) by Aamir Khan at the Tata Theatre in NPCA in Mumbai.
Somaaya, co-author of the book is the recipient of several awards. She is also the editor of the Indian film magazine, Screen. She had earlier authored "Amitabh: Now and Forever" published in 2001.
The Osian's Publishing and Design House has lined up several publications this year, which include "The Passionate Detachment: The Osian's Archive Collection of Cultural Heritage" by Neville Tuli and Osian's CARD, a five volume magnum opus about the creation of one of the world's finest collections of Indian and Asian Fine Arts and cultural artefacts, Flamed-Mosaic: Indian Contemporary Painting and Filmistan Hindustan: A History of Modern India as told by Bombay Cinema, 1920-1960 by Virchand Dharamsey & Kaushik Bhaumik.