Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2019

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival was conceptualized as a celebration of
all things poetry. From the classical to the modern, from hymn to haiku, from ballad to ode, poetry is what makes language dance. The rhyme, the rhythm, the words all merge into the perfect pitch, so we think and ache, and remain human.

Poets

Andrea Jeremiah

Angshuman Kar

Anitha Thampi

Anjali Purohit

Anuja Chandramouli

Anuradha Patil

Anushka Ravishankar

Aparna Kapur

Arunava Sinha

Arun Dev

Arundhathi Subramaniam

Atul Jain

Barnali Ray Shukla

Deepti Sudhindra

Faiz Akram

Gubbi

H.S. Venkatesha Murthy

Hemant Deolekar

Hoshang Merchant

Huma Mirza

Inkband

Irshad Kamil

Jayshree Misra Tripathi

Jeet Thayil

KraZzy

Lynessa Coutto

M C Bijju

Maitreyee B Chowdhury

Mandakranta Sen

Mani Rao

Manoj Muntashir

Manu Dash

Mohan Ram

Monica Mody

Nimisha Dean

Niveditha Subramniam

Padmini Ravi

Perumal Murugan

Pooja Ugrani

Poorna Swami

Poornima Laxmeshwar

Pradnya Daya Pawar

Prashant Sankaran

Prathibha Nandakumar

Raj Shekhar

Ramya Srinidhi

Ranjit Hoskote

Rike Scheffler

Sadhguru

Sampurna Chattarji

Sarbjot Behl

Satyajit Sarna

Seema Grewal

Shanmukharadya K.P.

Sharanya Krishnan

Sharanya Sankar

Shariq Kaifi

Shruthi BR

Siddhant Chaturvedi

Sindhu Rao

Sounds of Isha

Sourav Roy

Sudha Rao

Sudhir Ranjan Singh

Sukrita Paul Kumar

Sundeep Bhutoria

Tenzin Tsundue

T M Krishna

TP Rajeevan

Vanamala Viswanatha

Veeranna Madivalar

Vishnu Pathak

Schedule

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Lighting of the Lamp

Invocation by Sharanya Krishnan accompanied by Sharanya Sankar

10:00 am - 10:45 am

MC Sher in the House

Gully Boy comes to Bangalore

Siddhant Chaturvedi with Nimisha Dean

10:45 am - 11:15 am

ಅನಾತ್ಮನ ಕಾವ್ಯ ಯಾನ - Anaathmana Kaavya Yaana

H.S. Venkatesha Murthy interacts with Sindhu Rao and Veeranna Madiwalar

11:15 am - 11:45 pm

The Body is Also in The Soul

Hoshang Merchant

11:45 pm - 12:15 pm

When We Were Very Young

Writing poetry for children

Anushka Ravishankar, Hemant Deolekar and Sampurna Chattarji with Barnali Ray Shukla

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm

मराठी स्त्री- कविता : बदलती संहिता आणि संदर्भ

Marathi Women & their poetry

Anuradha Patil and Pradnya Daya Pawar

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

Quietly Flows the Word

Jayshree Misra Tripathi, Satyajit Sarna and Sudha Rao with Monica Mody

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm

ਪੀੜਾਂ ਦਾ ਪਰਾਗਾ - Peedan da Paraga

Poetry from Punjab

Anand Lal, Bhuchung Sonam and Dibyajyoti Sarma

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Majnu Ka Tila

A poetic performance in Hindi

Raj Shekhar accompanied by Swaroopnath Bhatra on guitar

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Veeranna Madiwalar

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

I Never Saw a Moor, I Never Saw the Sea

The prescient in poetry

Barnali Ray Shukla, Monica Mody, Poorna Swami and Sukrita Paul Kumar with Sudha Rao

3:20 pm - 4:05 pm

Namma Poets

Boys and Girls from Bangalore

Atul Jain, Faiz Akram, Lynessa Coutto, Pooja Ugrani, Shanmukharadya K P, Shruthi B R and Vishnu Pathak with Poornima Laxmeshwar

4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

Sound and the Word

Poetry from different corners

Anitha Thampi, Manu Dash, Rike Scheffler, Shariq Kaifi and Tenzin Tsundue with Anjali Purohit

5:05 pm - 5:45 pm

Truth Triumphs - Revisiting Harishchandra

Vanamala Viswanatha

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Kitchen Travels

Barnali Ray Shukla, Seema Grewal and Sukrita Paul Kumar with Jayshree Misra Tripathi

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tere Sang Yaara

An evening with Qalam Ke Baahubali

Manoj Muntashir with Sundeep Bhutoria

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

இசையில் இணையும் கவிதை

When words dance to music

Perumal Murugan and TM Krishna

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Musical Performance

Sounds of Isha

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Of Metre and Mysticism

Sadhguru in conversation with Arundhathi Subramaniam

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

God as a Customer

A Bharatanatyam performance

Deepti Sudhindra and Padmini Ravi

12:15 pm - 1:05 pm

A Rose by Any Other Name

Translating verse

Arunava Sinha, Huma Mirza, Manu Dash, Ranjit Hoskote and Mani Rao with Sampurna Chattarji

1:05 pm - 1:30 pm

നീർക്കവിതകൾ - Neerkavithakal

From God's Own Country

Anitha Thampi and TP Rajeevan

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

The Rest is Resonance

Performance poet from Germany

Rike Scheffler

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Kya Toh Samay

Modern Hindi / Urdu poetry

Arun Dev, Hemant Deolekar, Shariq Kaifi and Sudhir Ranjan Singh with Sourav Roy

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

An Actor and A Poet

Andrea Jeremiah with Anuja Chandramouli

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm

Rap - A Contemporary voice of Kannada poetry

Gubbi, KrAzzY and MC Bijju

3:50 pm - 4:05 pm

Rebel With a Cause

Maitreyee Chowdhury with Jeet Thayil

4:05 pm - 4:35 pm

কীভাবে লিখি , কেন লিখি - How we Write and Why we Write

Bengali kavita

Angshuman Kar and Mandakranta Sen with Arunava Sinha

4:35 pm - 4:50 pm

Love Without a Story

Arundhathi Subramaniam with Jeet Thayil

4:50 pm - 5:35 pm

Love in Unreal Times

Arundhathi Subramaniam and Ranjit Hoskote

5:35 pm - 6:05 pm

When Verse Goes Viral

Arun Dev, Poorna Swami and Tenzin Tsundue with Satyajit Sarna

6:05 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaking in Tongues

Anjali Purohit and Sampurna Chattarji

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Poet and The Patriot

Hoshang Merchant, Mandakranta Sen, Prathibha Nandakumar, Sarbjot Behl, Sundeep Bhutoria and TP Rajeevan with Huma Mirza

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Agar Tum Saath Ho...

भारत का पहला Poetry Band

Irshad Kamil and Inkband


Workshops

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Take-Off Point In Poetry with Angshuman Kar

Description:
Learn to appreciate a poem and write one that leaves the mundane and becomes a part of the ethereal

Language:Bilingual - Bangla-Hindi
Duration:60 mins
Ticket Price:Rs.500/-
Note: Limited to 25 participants

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Come To Your Senses - A Masterclass with Ranjit Hoskote

Description:
Say 'Poetry' and people think of words and the magic - or challenge - of linking words together in such a way that they shimmer, dance and mean more than they say. How do words evoke the cadences of music, the dazzle or suffusion of colour, the textures of touch? Are our various senses tied to separate experiences, or can they come together in a condition of synaesthesia? Hoskote will present and annotate examples from the work of several poets, including his own, and will invite the participants to respond to visual and auditory prompts in brief, focused exercises.

Language:English
Duration:90 mins
Ticket Price:Rs.500/-
Note: Limited to 15 participants

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Basics of Poetry Writing - A Workshop by Hemant Deolekar

Description:
During this workshop, poet Hemant Deolekar will discuss the creative process in detail, which will set aspiring poets on the path for developing greater sensitivity and imagination. Through a guided writing exercise, the participants will also develop newer perspective of seeing the world around them more poetically.

Language: Hindi
Duration: 60 mins
Ticket Price:Rs.500/-
Note: Limited to 25 participants

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Contemporary Hindi Poetry : Tendencies and Struggles – A Masterclass with Sudhir Ranjan Singh

Description:
During this masterclass, poet and scholar Sudhir Ranjan Singh will help participants appreciate how Hindi poetry is changing in contemporary times, and make them mindful of the challenges that lay ahead. Besides some guided activities in which participants will engage, they will also open up to their personal struggles in writing poetry, and the facilitator will address them.


समकालीन हिंदी हाविता :
प्रवृतियां और संघर्ष इस मास्टरक्लास के दौरान कवि व आलोचक सुधीर रंजन सिंह प्रतिभागियों के साथ समकालीन कविता में हो रहे बदलावों पर विमर्श करेंगे, और कविता में आने वाली चुनौतियों के प्रति उन्हें जागरूक भी करेंगे। प्रतिभागी कुछ क्रियाकलापों के माध्यम से अपनी कविता की समझ तो बेहतर करेंगे ही, साथ में वे कविता लिखने को लेकर अपने निजी संघर्षों के बारे में भी खुल सकेंगे। इन संवादों के आधार पर सुधीर रंजन सिंह प्रतिभागियों को अपनी सलाह व निर्देश देंगे।

Language:Hindi
Duration:60 mins
Ticket Price:Rs.500/-
Note: Limited to 25 participants

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Sanskrit prosody for absolutely-not-Sankrit poets with Mani Rao

Description:
What good can come of deconstructing metrical schemes in Sanskrit poetry -- long and short syllables, fixed patterns, duration as a measure? Of course, you will finally become savvy about the sound structures in those Sanskrit mantras and poems. But your own poetry will gain in rhythm, and you will become conscious of syllables like never before. Push yourself! No pain - no gain.

Language: English and Sanskrit
Duration:60 mins
Ticket Price:Rs.500/-
Note: Limited to 15 participants

For Children

10:30 am – 11:45 pm

Karimuga the Pleasant Little Rakshasa with Nivedita Subramaniam

Description:
Meet Karimuga the rambunctious rakshasa and find out why he is the happiest of them all. A session with storytelling, rhyme and a little bit of craft thrown in. The session will be conducted by Niveditha Subramaniam, a writer-illustrator based in Chennai. She cherishes every opportunity to celebrate her abiding love for visuals and has published 14 books, ranging from picture books to teen-fiction and a graphic novel for young adults. Her latest offering is This is me, Mayil (co-authored with Sowmya Rajendran). A wordless picture book is in the pipeline. Niveditha is a Charles Wallace India Trust Scholar (2015 – 2017) and a recipient of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar (2015). Six of her titles have been recommended by the CBSE and 2 by the NCERT for schools.

Age Guidance: 4 Years and Above
Language:English
Duration:1 Hour and 15 mins
Note:Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Excuse Me, Is This a Poem? with Anushka Ravishankar

Description:
Should poetry always be about pretty flowers and profound thoughts? Let's try getting real. Let's make poetry out of smelly things and oily things, silly things and daily things. Yup, this too can be poetry! The session will be conducted by Anushka Ravishankar. She has written over thirty books for children, including picture books in verse, chapter books, retellings of folk tales and non-fiction. Several of them have been published internationally and have won awards. Some of her books are: Catch That Crocodile, Moin and the Monster, To Market To Market and Tiger on a Tree. She has worked in an editorial capacity at Tara Books and Scholastic India. In 2012, she co-founded Duckbill Books, which publishes funny, edgy and exciting Indian books for children and young adults.

Age Guidance 10 Years and Above
Language:English
Duration:1 Hour and 15 mins
Note:Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

10:30 am – 11:45 pm

They searched for Blue - Mask and a Poem with Barnali Ray Shukla

Description:
Come, make us listen to your words, make friends with your imagination as you find your way to an imaginary world with your poems and us. Here is a space and platform to create and not cater, thus open up new ideas for pre teens who are increasingly growing up in single kid families, and perhaps don't hang out enough with kids their age and given that living is increasingly in closed spaces. In this workshop children work with one prop - a mask. The session will include DIY work and also ask the children to write a poem.

Age Guidance: 8 to 12 years
Language:English
Duration:1 Hour and 15 mins
Note:Free Attendance, all material will be supplied but Limited to 25 children

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Tutu Plays Hide and Seekwith Ramya Srinidhi and Prashant Sankaran

Description:
A story session about adventures of a little girl and her furry friend "It started as another ordinary Saturday for Tutu. No school, nothing to do but play with Kaalu. But then, almost as soon as they begun their first game of Hide and Seek, every thing changed...and an adventure began..." Interactive story session by Ramya Srinidhi, followed by a free flowing interaction with the author, Prashant Sankaran.

Age Guidance6 Years and Above
Language:English
Duration:60 mins
Note:Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Button Where? Button There! with Aparna Kapur

Description:
tep into the Universe as Aparna reads from her new poetry book Red Button, Blue Button. Using buttons as inspiration -- round, square, old, new -- participants will create their own button-creatures and learn how to write an irreverent poem to match. The session will be conducted by Aparna Kapur who is the Deputy Editor at Pratham Books. She has previously worked as the Assistant Editor for the children’s science magazine, Brainwave, and written several comic books for Amar Chitra Katha. She has also co-authored Ruckus on the Road for Puffin.

Age Guidance6 to 12 Years
Language:English
Duration:1 hour and 15 mins
Note:Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

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