Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2016

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.


Akhil Katyal

Anand Thakore

Anjum Hasan

Arundhathi Subramaniam

Bina Sarkar Ellias

Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy

Chand Pasha

CP Surendran

Dolly Singh

Geetha Srikrishnan

Hemant Divate

Indu K. Mallah

Javed Akhtar

Jayant Kaikini

Jennifer Robertson

Kamalinee Mukherjee

Karthika V. K.

Kutti Revathi

Mamta Sagar

Manohar Shetty

Menka Shivdasani

Mrunalini Giri

Mustansir Dalvi

Nabina Das

Neal Hall

Nitoo Das

Piyush Mishra

Poornima kaushik

Prathibha Nandakumar

Priya Sarukkai Chabria

Radha Thomas

Raj Shekhar

Rakhshanda Jalil

Robin S Ngangom

Rudreswaraswamy M. S.

Rukmini Bhaya Nair

Sachin C Ketkar

Samantak Bhadra

Sampurna Chattarji

Sarabjeet Garcha

Satchidanandan K.

Savita Bhargava

Selvaprakash L

Shabnam Virmani

Shammi Sanjeev

Shiva Priya

Shobhana Kumar

Shreekumar Varma

Siddartha M. S.

Simon Napier-Bell

Sudha Chidananda Gowda

Sudhir Ranjan Singh

Swati Chopra

Tanya Mendonsa

Tarini Shubhadayini

Teejan Bai

Usha Rajagopalan

Usha Rao

Varun Gandhi

Vasu Dixit

Vasundhara Das

Vibha Rani

Vikram Sampath

Vipul Rikhi

Vivek Narayanan


Yellappa T.


9:15 am - 9:30 am Saturday

Aasai Mugam Marandhu Poche

Bindhumalini Narayanswamy

9:30 am - 9:55 am Saturday

Lamp Lighting

Jayant Kaikini and Volga

10:00 am - 10:45 am Saturday

Poetry His Art His Heritage

Javed Akhtar in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil

10:50 am - 11:05 am Saturday

Winter's A' Coming Still

Dr. Neal Hall

11:10 am - 11:40 am Saturday

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Anand Thakore, Radha Thomas, Simon Napier-Bell and Vasundhara Das
Moderator: Vikram Sampath

11:45 am - 12:05 pm Saturday

Defining Pleasure

Prathibha Nandakumar

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Saturday

The Evolving Language of Hindi Poets

Akhil Katyal, Savita Bhargava and Sudhir Ranjan Singh
Moderator: Dolly Singh

12:45 pm - 1:05 pm Saturday

Popcorn Breasts

Vibha Rani

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm Saturday

In Pursuit of a Private Language

Arundhathi Subramaniam, Sampurna Chattarji, Tanya Mendonsa and Vivek Narayanan
Moderator: Menka Shivdasani

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Saturday

Apes and Angels

CP Surendran

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Saturday

Voices from the East - A Poetic Sojourn

Bina Sarkar-Ellias, Nabina Das, Nitoo Das and Robin Ngangom
Moderator: Maitreyee B. Chowdhury

2:55 pm - 3:15 pm Saturday

A Story and a Song

Rukmini Bhaya Nair

3:20 pm - 3:55 pm Saturday

Majnu ka Tila

Raj Shekhar

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Saturday

The Poetry and the Body Politic

Kutti Revathi

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Saturday


Varun Gandhi

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Saturday

Ektara Ditties

Teejan Bai

9:30 am - 10:00 am Sunday

Andal - The Mystic Poet

Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Poornima Kaushik

10:05 am - 10:35 am Sunday

40 under 40

Hemant Divate, Jennifer Robertson, Nabina Das and Samantak Bhadra with K. Satchidanandan

10:40 am - 11:00 am Sunday


Vivek Narayanan

11:05 am - 11:50 am Sunday

Arre Ruk Ja Re Bandeh

Piyush Mishra

11:55 am - 12:20 pm Sunday

I Live on a Road, a Long Magic Road...

Arundhathi Subramaniam in conversation with Shobhana Kumar

12:25 pm - 12:45 pm Sunday

Manohar's Ark

Manohar Shetty

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm Sunday

Who is Reading Poetry?

Bina Sarkar-Ellias, Hemant Divate, Sarabjeet Garcha and Vivek Narayanan
Moderator: V K Karthika

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm Sunday

A Poet and an Actor

Kamalinee Mukherjee in conversation with Dr. Neal Hall

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Sunday

Words Without Borders

Akhil Katyal, Priya Sarukkai, Rakhshanda Jalil and Sachin C Ketkar
Moderator: Sampurna Chattarji

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm Sunday

Complexities and Confluences

Mustansir Dalvi

2:40 pm - 2:55 pm Sunday

Seven Deaths and Four Scrolls

Anand Thakore

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Sunday

Cities and Mirrors

Anjum Hasan with Usha Rao

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday

The Poetics of Resistance

K. Satchidanandan

4:05 pm - 4:20 pm Sunday

Celebrating Bharati

Usha Rajagopalan and Geetha Srikrishnan

4:25 pm - 4:40 pm Sunday

The Woman who Speaks to Milk Pots

Menka Shivdasani

4:45 pm - 5:05 pm Sunday

Earth is My Burden

Indu Mallah, Shobhana Kumar and Shreekumar Varma

5:10 pm - 5:55 pm Sunday

Nudi Bedagu

Curated by Mamta Sagar
Featuring: Sudha Chidananda Gowda, M. S. Rudreswaraswamy, Tarini Shubhadayini, T. Yellappa, Shammi Sanjeev, Chand Pasha, Siddartha M.
Poetry Performance: Mamta Sagar in collaboration with Vasu Dixit

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sunday

Shabd Ki Chot

Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi

Sunday 7th August 2016

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Poetry and rock management - Can they really go together?

Simon Napier-Bell

Poetry should be looked at as a commercial art, not in artistic isolation. Learning about the music industry could be key to making money as a poet. This is a suggestion rather than a diktat. Hopefully the students and I will learn from each other as to whether I'm right or not.
Theme: Learning how the music business works. Song lyrics are poetry, and lyrics are the key to pop music success.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Publishing Poetry

Karthika VK and Swati Chopra

The publishing world can seem mysterious, especially if you write poetry. As poets, we ask ourselves, “Why do publishers accept some poems over others? Why were my poems turned down, while poems in a similar vein were published? What do publishers want?”
This workshop will demystify what goes into the decision to publish poetry, editors’ likes and dislikes, markets, and other factors.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Discourses in Poetry

Sudhir Ranjan Singh

The workshop aims at engaging aspiring young poets in discussions that help understand poetry better. How the art of writing poetry has evolved and what are the nuances and intricacies of writing good poetry. Hindi will be language of communication and focus area for the workshop.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Poetry, Poets, Words and The Struggle for Freedom

Dr. Neal Hall

In this interactive session Dr. Hall briefly shares his views on poetry and the poet and their intimate interplay with word forms.
Reading from several poems as points of references for group discussions, Dr. Hall shares his thoughts on those man-made constructs he believes to be disarming and controlling tools oppressors utilize to oppress, or in the least, to maintain the status quo. Such tools include: faith, hope, ignorance, progress, religion, tradition, culture, formal education, anthems and flags.

03:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Found Poetry: Where Art and Poetry collide

Mrunalini Giri

Found Poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and refraining them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

Saturday 6th August 2016

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Writing your first song; with words, pen and a tune to sing along!

Aparna Raman and Prasanna Timothy

In this workshop, children will be given a chorus line and word prompts to write a song. The kids will set their song to popular tunes with guitar accompaniment by Prasanna and sing them. This will help them appreciate the beauty of poetry through music and lyrics.


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Paint a poem: Colours, crayons and imagination

Leon James

In this workshop, children will get a chance to visualize and work in groups to play with poems. Kids will be divided into groups and work on individual poems using colours to convert them into paintings. The workshops intends to introduce poetry to children in a fun, visual way.

Age: 7+

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Let's make a poetic image: Theatre in poetry

Deepika Arwind

The fun-filled group-based workshop will introduce children to the world of theatre through poetry. It will use poetry as point of departure to think about storytelling and image-making in theatre; how a poem (a piece of text) could potentially begin to form the basis for storytelling in theatre.

Age: 10+

02:30 pm – 03:30 pm

Heritage in a poem: Fun with history

Vikramjit Singh Rooprai

This interactive workshop will be high on energy and participation and kids will be creating poems with Vikramjit to look at history in an entertaining way. Children will be introduced to Indian heritage and Indian history through fun exercises and poetry. As a group they would collectively come up with a poem and take back a piece of history in a poem. The workshop will be in a mixture of English and Hindi to appreciate the vastness of our beautiful country.

Age: 10+

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Rain and Rhyme

Sakshi Singh

Rain and Rhyme
Wonder With words
Weave A Web of Words
A Wonderful World of Words

The children will be introduced to poetry by playing with rhyming words thereby taking home, something they created by themselves weaving the magic of words.

Age: 6+

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