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Jit Narain

Jit Narain - foto Serge Ligtenberg 2001
Jit Narain - foto Serge Ligtenberg 2001

(Jidt Narainsingh Baldewsingh, Livorno, Surinam, 1948) Born in Suriname, Jit Narain is the grandson of Indian immigrants. In 1969 he went to the Netherlands to study medicine and became a doctor in The Hague. He returned to Suriname in 1991. Since then he has been heading the head of an outpatients clinic in Saramacca. He is a fervent defender of the emancipation of Sarnami, the Hindu-Surinamese language and for his efforts received the Rahman Khan prize. Narain writes poems which can be read and sung. The poems reflect the history and memories of Hindustan immigrants in Suriname. He writes in Sarnami and in Dutch, approaching the same secret history of immigrants from different perspectives. He made his debut in 1977 with the poetry collection in Sarnami Dal Bhat Chatni (Rice, yellow peas and chutney). His debut has been followed by six other collections of poetry.

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  • Suriname 2008

    Spot en Satire: Gesprekken, voordrachten en muziek

    With: Antoine de Kom, Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Ellen Ombre, Gerrit Komrij, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Putu Wijaya, Rappa, Youssouf Amine Elalamy

    19:30 Inloop Band/ DJ
    20:00 Opening avond Ingrid Ameraali
    20:10 welkomstwoord slotavond Ingrid Ameraali
    20:20 Debat over Satire en Spot Peter Snijders, Youssouf, Gerrit Komrij, Rappa, Ellen Ombre, Asli Erdogan, Discussieleider Jerry Egger
    20:40 Voordracht Putu Widjaya
    20:50 Voordracht Antoine de Kom
    21:00 Optreden band Glenn Texeira and band
    21:20 Pauze
    21:40 Voordracht Celestine Raalte
    22:00 Voordracht Rappa
    22:10 Voordracht Rappa
    22:20 Slotwoord Rielle Mardjo: Voorzitter Lit: Fest:
    22:40 Optreden band Glenn Texeira and band/ DJ/Izaline Calister
    Afsluiting Avond/ Nababbel

  • Suriname 2008

    Spot en Satire 2

    With: Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Gerrit Komrij, Ingrid Ameraali, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Rappa, Skwala

    19:30 Inloop
    20:00 Opening avond
    20:10 welkomstwoord avond 2
    20:20 Voordracht Asli Erdogan
    20:30 Voordracht Celestine Raalte
    20:40 Celistine Raalte Gerrit Komrij
    20:50 Voordracht Jit Narain
    21:00 Optreden band Glenn Texeira & band
    21:20 Pauze
    21:40 Voordracht Peter Snijders
    22:00 Voordracht Rappa
    22:10 Voordracht Putu Wijaya
    22:20 Q & A Jerry Egger , discussieleider
    22:40 Optreden band Glenn Texeira & band
    Afsluiting Avond DJ
    Nababbel

  • Suriname 2008

    Openingsprogramma

    With: Alakondre, Antoine de Kom, Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Ellen Ombre, Gerrit Komrij, Ingrid Ameraali, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Putu Wijaya, Rappa, Youssouf Amine Elalamy

    19:30 Inloop Alakondreband
    20:00 Opening festival
    20:10 Welkomstwoord door organisaties Stichting Literair Festival Suriname en Stichting Winternachten
    20:20 Kennismaking auteurs met Publiek
    20:30 Voordracht Ellen Ombre
    20:40 Voordracht Peter Snijders
    20:50 Voordracht Rappa
    21:00 Optreden band Izaline Calister
    21:20 Pauze
    21:40 Voordracht Youssouf Amine Elalamy
    21:50 Voordracht Antoine de Kom
    22:00 Voordacht Putu Widjaya
    22:10 Optreden band Izaline Calister
    22:30 Optreden band Izaline Calister
    Afsluiting Avond/ Nababbel DJ

  • Suriname 2008

    Optreden voor studenten IOL/Universiteit en scholieren VWO

    With: Antoine de Kom, Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Gerrit Komrij, Ingrid Ameraali, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Putu Wijaya, Skwala, Youssouf Amine Elalamy

    Aula Institute for Graduate & Research Studies (IGRS)
    (Programma bestemd voor studenten IOL/Universiteit en VWO)

    9:30 Inloop DJ
    10:00 Introductie en Welkomstwoord Kennismaking Auteurs met publiek Auteurs
    10:10 Ingrid Ameerali, MC
    10:20 Voordracht antoine de kom
    10:30 Voordracht Asli Erdogan
    10:40 Voordracht Celestine raalte
    10:50 Izaline Calister
    11:05 Voordracht
    11:15 Voordracht Youssouf Amine Elalamy
    11:25 Voordracht Celestine Raalte
    11:35 Voordacht Rap band /DJ
    11:45 Voordracht Jit Narain
    11:55 Voordracht Putu Wijaya
    12:05 Voordracht Gerrit Komrij
    12:10 Q & A met Jerry Egger
    12:45 Einde

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Krusa Laman - Teatro Luna Blou Curaçao

    With: Boy Dap, Erich Zielinski, Gabeba Baderoon, Jennifer Martis, Jit Narain, Jopi Hart, Mario Kleinmoedig, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr

    An evening with prose readings, storytelling, poetry, interviews and music. With Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, writer Nukila Amal from Indonesia, poet Jit Narain from Suriname, and from Curaçao performer/musician Boy Dap, writers Jopi Hart and Erich Zielinski and actress Jennifer Martis. Mario Kleinmoedig hosts the evening. Part of the evening is a discussion with the authors on globalization: 'Writing at the Crossroads of Globalization and National Context'.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Krusa Laman - Villa Maria Curaçao

    With: Boy Dap, Gabeba Baderoon, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr, Roland Colastica, Sonia Garmers

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, Jit Narain from Suriname and Nukila Amal from Indonesia. From Curaçao there will be performances of singer/composer Boy Dap, novelists and poets Sonia Garmers and Joseph (Jopi) Hart, novelist Erich Zielinski and the actress and performer Jennifer Martis. The Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Actor and writer Roland Colastica from Curaçao is the MC of this multifacetted literary and musical evening.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Krusa Laman - Bonaire

    With: Annie Francees, Frans Booi, Gabeba Baderoon, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Monica Clarinda, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr, Roland Colastica

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, Jit Narain from Suriname and Nukila Amal from Indonesia. Authors Frans booi, Monica Clarinda and Annie Francis from Bonaire will read from their work. The Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Actor and writer Roland Colastica from Curaçao is the MC of this multifacetted literary evening.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Crusa Lama - Aruba

    With: Ernesto Rosenstand, Frank Williams, Gabeba Baderoon, Hubert Booi, Ito Tromp, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Nukila Amal, Ramsey Nasr, Roland Colastica

    An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, Jit Narain from Suriname and Nukila Amal from Indonesia. The Aruban writers and storytellers Ernesto Rosenstand and Hubert Booi will be interviewd by Ito Tromp. Another Aruban writer, Frank Williams, will read from his work. The Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Actor and writer Roland Colastica uit Curaçao is the MC of this multifacetted literary evening.

  • Antillen/Aruba 2007

    Crossing the Seas - Sint Maarten I

    With: Clara Reyes, Connis Vanterpool, Fabian Adunkle Badejo, Gino Olivacce, Jit Narain, Nigel Fabien aka Akoma, Nukila Amal, Sidonia Hodge, Warren Williams

    An evening with readings of prose and poetry by writer Nukila Amal from Indonesia, poet Jit Narain from Suriname and Fabian Badejo, Sonia Hodge and The Young Poets from Sint Maarten. Clara Reyes is MC of this multifacetted evening. Music by Connis van der Pool.

  • Suriname 2006

    Opening programme

    With: Alphons Levens, Ashna Phoelsingh, Celestine Raalte, Diana Ferrus, Elly Purperhart, Els Beerten, Erich Zielinski, Guyz Nextdoor, Ifna Vrede, Ismene Krishnadath, Jit Narain, Manon Uphoff, Norma Bouterse, Robin Anoewarte, Roué Hupsel, Soecy Gummels, Sombra, Tan Lioe Ie, Tessa Leuwsha

    De openingsavond van het internationaal literatuurfestival bestond uit korte optredens van een groot aantal schrijvers uit binnen- en buitenland. De muzikale omlijsting was van de groep Guys Next Door. Ismene Krishnadath, voorzitter van de Schrijversgroep '77, opende het festival.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2004

    Tradewinds/Passaatwinde - Cape Town

    With: Christine Otten, Drisana Deborah Jack, Jan Klug, Jit Narain, Sutardji Calzoum Bachri

    In Kaapstad werkt Winternachten samen met het festival Tradewinds/Passaatwinde, georganiseerd door schrijfster Antjie Krog en producent Ben Willliams. Net als bij Winternachten in Den Haag komen in Tradewinds/Passaatwinde schrijvers, dichters en musici samen uit de hele wereld, maar met name uit de landen die een historische koloniale band met Nederland hebben. Het festival biedt film, muziek, voordrachten en debatten.

    Het hoofdprogramma vindt plaats in het Labia Theatre, een art-deco 'filmhuis' in het centrum van de stad. Daarnaast legt Tradewinds/Passaatwinde met optredens buiten de stad verbindingen met de vele verschillende gemeenschappen in de Kaapse regio. Het thema dit jaar is 'Poetry Junction': dichters en andere kunstenaars geven verschillende visies op tien jaar democratie in Zuid-Afrika.

    Van zondag 24 tot woensdag 27 oktober reizen de dichters rond in de Kaap en treden ze op in culturele centra, bibiotheken en universiteiten. Op donderdag 28 en vrijdag 29 oktober zijn er optredens in het Labia Theatre.

    De deelnemende schrijvers en dichters: Sutardji Calzoum Bachri (Indonesie), Regina Beregho (Zuid-Afrika), Breedevallei Digters (uit Worcester, Zuid-Afrika), Chirikure Chirikure (Zimbabwe), Ingrid de Kok (Zuid-Afrika), Drisana Deborah Jack (Sint Maarten), Estella Kambina (Zuid-Afrika) Mzwakhe Mbuli (Zuid-Afrika), Petra Muller (Zuid-Afrika), Jit Narain (Suriname), Christine Otten (Nederland), Alfred Schaffer (Nederland/Zuid-Afrika) en Bulelani Zantsi (Zuid-Afrika). Deelnemende musici: Jan Klug (Nederland), Chiwoniso Maraire (Zimbabwe) en Karen Zoid & Band (Zuid-Afrika).
    Daarnaast neemt de schrijfster Nurridin Farah (Somalië) deel in een discussieprogramma en treden op als gespreksleiders en presentatoren Miki Flockemann (Zuid-Afrika), Alfred Schaffer (Nederland/Zuid-Afrika) en Harry Garuba (Zuid-Afrika).

    Maandag 25 Oktober, avond: Poetry Junction in Montagu
    Woensdag 27 Oktober: Poetry Caravan: Atlantis, Delft + Brown's Farm, Athlone, City Centre libraries
    Donderdag 28 Oktober: Poetry Junction en Poetry Slam - University of the Western Cape
    Donderdag 28 oktober, 20.00-22.00 uur: Preview evening, Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Kaapstad.
    Vrijdag 29 oktober, 20.00 uur: "Main evening" in het Labia Theatre, Kaapstad.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2004

    Poetry Africa - Durban

    With: Christine Otten, Drisana Deborah Jack, Jan Klug, Jit Narain, Sutardji Calzoum Bachri

    Poetry Africa in Durban geldt als een van de belangrijkste poëziefestivals van Afrika. Zes dagen lang treden meer dan dertig dichters en muziekgroepen uit twaalf landen op. Het programma omvat voordrachten, seminars, workshops, poëzie-schrijfwedstrijden en speciale optredens in scholen en in gevangenissen.

    Namens Winternachten treden dichters op uit Indonesië, Suriname, Sint Maarten en Nederland. In een programma op donderdag 21 oktober in het Elisabeth Sneddon Theatre staat deze 'Dutch Connection' centraal. Elk van de dichters draagt voor uit zijn werk, en wordt geïntroduceerd door de bekende Zuid-Afrikaanse stand-up comedian Soli Philander. Philander is ook voor het Nederlandse publiek een bekende. Hij trad twee keer op tijdens Winternachten in Den Haag.

    Poetry Afrika opent op maandagavond in het Elisabeth Sneddon Theatre met een serie korte optredens van alle participerende dichters: Sutardji Calzoum Bachri (Indonesië), The Botsotso Jesters (Zuid-Afrika), Feel A Sistah!, een 'Spoken Word Collective' uit Zuid-Afrika met Lebo Mashile, Myesha Jenkins, Napo Masheane en Ntsiki Mazwai, Dorian Haarhof (Zuid-Afrika), Joy Harjo (USA), Drisana Deborah Jack (Sint Maarten), Were Were Liking (Kameroen/Ivoorkust), Mazwakhe Mbuli (Zuid-Afrika), Kobus Moolman (Zuid-Afrika), Richard Murphy (Ierland), Nowadayz Poets (Zuid-Afrika), Jit Narain (Suriname), Albert Nyathi (Zimbabwe), Christine Otten (Nederland), Karen Press (Zuid-Afrika), Baralong Seboni (Botswana), Tumi (Zuid-Afrika) en Christian Uetz (Zwitserland).

    Tijdens Poetry Africa beleeft de documentaire van John Albert Jansen over de Surinaamse dichter Jit Narain zijn première in de Engelstalige versie 'Ashes of Memory'.

    Meer informatie over Poetry Africa is hier te vinden.

  • Suriname 2004

    The final evening

    With: Albert Mungroo, Andy Fernandes, Annemarie Sanches, EKM Dido, Gibi Bacilio, Harvey Fräser, Jeffrey Quartier, Jit Narain, Marlène Oudsten, Marylin Simons, Mavis Noordwijk Koor, Mireille Pinas, Norine Blinker, Ronald Giphart, Roué Hupsel, Sitok Srengenge, Sombra, Terry

    A festive finale of this first edition of the International Literary festival Surinam. Consisting of prose, poetry and music. Performances from the foreign guests and many Surinam authors: including well known names and promising debutants. Such as Sombra, Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), EKM Dido (South Africa), Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Norine Blinker, Norma Bouterse, Andy Fernandes, Harvey Fräser, Roway James, Marlène Oudsten, Mireille Pinas, Terry and Jeffrey Quartier. Also performances by the Mavis Noordwijk choir (a combination of the Kokriki choir and the ADEK choir) and a closing song by Albert Mungroo. Presented by Annemarie Sanches.

  • Suriname 2004

    Writers debates

    With: Brigitte Brown, Cynthia McLeod, EKM Dido, Farah L, Gibi Bacilio, Guillaume Pool, Guyz Nextdoor, Ismene Krishnadath, Jit Narain, Ronald Giphart, Sombra, Verginia Ceder, Willie Alberga

    An evening's debating, readings and music. Various topics are debated, such as: which language should the writer choose? His or her mother tongue or the language of the largest reading public? Does the writer write for a specific group of readers? What is the role of the writers own cultural background, while writing within a multi cultural society? The debating panel consists of: Jit Narain, Guillaume Pool, Arlette Codfried, Ismene Krishnadath, Cynthia McLeod, Sombra, EKM Dido (South Africa) Sitok Srengenge (Indonesia), Gibi Bacilio (Curaçao), Ronald Giphart (The Netherlands) and panel leader Willie Alberga.
    Readings by Brigitte Brown and Virginia Alvarez and presented by Sombra.

  • Winternachten 2001

    Live Anthology and Debate

    With: Anna Enquist, Ardashir Vakil, Bas Heijne, Basil Appollis, Breyten Breytenbach, Ellen Ombre, Henk van Woerden, Ian Buruma, Jan Eijkelboom, Jit Narain, Lasana M. Sekou, Michaël Zeeman, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Vamba Sherif

    What is the most beautiful poem on diaspora? A number of Winternachten guests read their favourite poem from each other's literatures. The writers were introduced by Basil Appollis.
    Dutch writer Henk van Woerden gave the introductory lecture (in Dutch) to a debate on the theme of 'diaspora and the writer'. This debate (in English), hosted by Michaël Zeeman, appeared to be a good start for the Boekenweek, a annual event for the promotion of Dutch literature, following a few weeks later in The Netherlands.

  • Winternachten 2001 – Winternacht 2

    India in diaspora

    Three Surinamese-Hindustani writers who feel linked up to their ancestors in India, who were brought to Surinam as contract-labourers. Their emigration to Holland is a second diaspora. Although one of them, Jit Narain, went back to live in Surinam after a long stay in The Netherlands. Host: Michiel van Kempen (Dutch spoken).

  • Winternachten 1999

    Live Anthology

    With: Arahmaiani, Aya Zikken, Breyten Breytenbach, Dan Jacobson, Denis Henriquez, Frank Martinus Arion, Gerrit Komrij, Henk van Woerden, Jit Narain, Michiel van Kempen, Pim de la Parra, Rendra, Rudy Kousbroek, Soli Philander

    The final programme in this festival was a 'live anthology', composed by writers reading their favourite poems and prose-fragments from the literatures of each other's cultures. In this way a colourful anthology was created from Surinamese, Indonesian, Antillian, Dutch and South-African literature.

  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 2

    Performing Poets and stories

    The popular South-African performer Soli Philander presented the programme in the foyer, with 'performing poets' and writers from Suriname, Curaçao, South-Africa and Indonesia. The great Indonesian poet Rendra confirmed his excellent qualities as a performer. Winston Scholsberg told traditional Surinamese stories.The Antillian poet Gibi Bacilio performed with percussionist Xavier Cordoba. Jit Narain, Surinamese/Hindustani poet, read his poems in Sarnami. Poet and streetsinger Loit Sôls accompanied himself on guitar.

  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 2

    Surinamese and Papiamentu anthologies

    Jeroen Vullings presented a programme with two anthologists. Michiel van Kempen, editor of an anthology of Surinamese literature, talked to Aart Broek, editor of a recently published anthology of Papiamentu literature. Broek introduced three Antillian authors: Gibi Bacilio, a poet and performer form Curaçao, accompanied by percussionist Xavier Cordoba; Frank Martinus Arion (Curaçao) and the Dutch Aruban writer Denis Henriquez. Michiel van Kempen introduced Antoine de Kom and Jit Narain, from Suriname.