Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2017

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.


Ajey Preetham

Ameen Haque

Amit Chaudhuri

Amjad Ali Khan

Ankit Chadha

Aparna Jaishankar

Arjun Rajendran

Arun Kamal

Ashok Vajpeyi

Ayaz Rasool Nazki

Barnali Ray Shukla

Chandrashekhar Kambar

Fiona Bolger

Girish Karnad


Guru T. Ladakhi

Jahnavi Barua

Jamuna Rao

Jayanta Mahapatra

Jerry Pinto

Krishna K.Manavalli

Kumudha BharathRam

Lavanya Prasad

Lovely Goswami

Malachi Edwin Vethamani

Mame Khan

Mani Rao

Margaret Mascarenhas

Medha Singh

Mohit Kataria

Nabanita Kanungo

Nadir Godrej

Neeraj Pandey

Nia Davies

Niranjan Iyengar

Padmavati Rao

Pavan K Varma

Prathibha Nandakumar

Priya Muthukumar

Punam Chadha-Joseph

R. Padmanabhan Nair

Ranjani Murali

Ranjit Hoskote

Rochelle D'Silva

Rochelle Potkar

Rohan Chettri

Ruchita Kazaria

Saira Shah Halim


Samantak Bhadra

Sandeep Shikhar

Savita Singh

Shalim Hussain

Shreekumar Vakkiyil

Smita Bellur

Sudeep Sen

Sumana Roy

Sundeep Bhutoria

Surajit Borooah

Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

Viky Arya


10:00 am - 10:15 am Saturday

Festival Inauguration and Lamp Lighting

Amjad Ali Khan, Ashok Vajpeyi and Chandrashekhar Kambar

10:15 am - 11:00 am Saturday

Master on Masters

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with Kumudha BharathRam

11:00 am - 11:30 am Saturday

Helatini Kela: Listen, I will tell you this story

Chandrashekhar Kambar with Krishna Manavalli

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Saturday

Book Launch of Kuch Pyaar, Kuch Tadap

Padmavati Rao and Girish Karnad with Mohit Kataria

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Saturday

Songs from the Mist

Guru T Ladakhi, Nabanita Kanungo, Shalim Hussain and Surajit Borooah with Jahnavi Barua

12:45 am - 1:30 pm Saturday

Secret Lives, Public Voices

Margaret Mascarenhas, Salma and Sumana Roy with Mani Rao

01:30 pm - 02:00 pm Saturday

Looking Back and Forth

Arjun Rajendran and Rohan Chhetri

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm Saturday

Complicating Worlds

Fiona Bolger, Malachi Edwin Vethamani and Nia Davies with Sudeep Sen

02:45 pm - 03:45 pm Saturday

Suspected Poems

Gulzar with Pavan K. Varma

04:00 pm - 04:45 pm Saturday

The Corporate Bard

Nadir Godrej with Barnali Ray Shukla

04:45 pm - 5:30 pm Saturday

Oneself as Another

Jerry Pinto, Mani Rao and Ranjit Hoskote with Malachi Edwin Vethamani

05:30 pm - 06:00 pm Saturday

Oru Pennin Kadhai (The Story of a Woman)


06:00 pm - 06:45 pm Saturday

The Life of a Lyric Kobi is Always Short

Amit Chaudhuri with Sumana Roy

06:45 pm - 07:15 pm Saturday


Sudeep Sen

07:30 pm - 08:30 pm Saturday

Rang Dijiyo ...Mystic Colours, Tunes of Love!

Smita Bellur and Group

10:00 am - 11:00 am Sunday

Yudhishtar and Draupadi: The Challenge of Translation

Pavan K. Varma with Gulzar

11:15 am - 11:45 am Sunday

Why Poetry ?

Jerry Pinto

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Sunday

Family Rhymes

Medha Singh and Savita Singh

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Sunday

Poems Without a Home

Ayaz Rasool Nazki and Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

12:45 pm - 01:45 pm Sunday

Ondu Lessu Ondu Plussu

Prathibha Nandakumar and Group

01:45 pm - 02:15 pm Sunday

Kavita Ki Kahaniyaan

Ashok Vajpeyi

02:15 pm - 03:00 pm Sunday

The Way Things Were: Decoding the Personal

Punam Chadha-Joseph, Ranjani Murali, Rochelle D'Silva and Rochelle Potkar with Samantak Bhadra

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm Sunday

The Shifting Shape of the Poem

Ranjit Hoskote

03:30 pm - 04:00 pm Sunday

Nayi Nukkad

Lovely Goswami, Neeraj Pandey and Viky Arya with Sandeep Shikhar

04:15 pm - 04:45 pm Sunday

Publishing Poetry

Jamuna Rao and Medha Singh with Sundeep Bhutoria

04:45 pm - 05:15 pm Sunday

Casualties of Love and Sex

Barnali Ray Shukla and Niranjan Iyengar

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Sunday

Cities and Mirrors

Anjum Hasan with Usha Rao

05:15 pm - 05:45 pm Sunday

Anuraga Vilochanan

Shreekumar Vakkiyil

05:45 pm - 06:30 pm Sunday

Kavita Ke Naye Ilaqey

Arun Kamal and Savita Singh with Sourav Roy

06:30 pm - 07:00 pm Sunday

Poetry as Angst

Ruchhita Kazaria and Saira Shah Halim with Samantak Bhadra

07:30 pm - 08:30 pm Sunday

Songs from the Desert

Mame Khan and Group

Sunday 6th August 2017

10:00 am – 11:45 am

Discovering your own Poetics - A Poetry Appreciation Workshop

Mani Rao

From writing 'under the influence' of the poet/s you're lately reading to finding your own distinct voice ... just how does this happen? In this 1 hour-45 minute session, poet Mani Rao will look closely at the poetic styles of a range of poets and discuss/appreciate aspects of craft and the distinct characteristics of their poetics.

12:00 pm – 01:45 pm


Arun Kamal

In this 1 hour-45 minute interactive session, award-winning poet Arun Kamal will introduce the use of imagery, metaphors and symbols in poetry writing. He will discuss meter and rhythm and the making of a prose poem. Writing exercises during this workshop will boost the creative urge in aspiring poets.

02:00 pm – 03:45 pm

Poem Vs. Song

Niranjan Iyengar

While both poetry and songs are lyrical and rhythmic, not every song can be read as a poem and not every poem can be set to music. Well-known film lyricist and poet Niranjan Iyengar will take you through a 1 hour-45 minute interactive session on the differences between the two forms, with some written exercises thrown in to help you experience first-hand the nuances of poetry writing and songwriting.

04:00 pm – 05:45 pm

Spoken Word Poetry

Rochelle D'Silva

In this 1 hour-45 minutes interactive session performance poet Rochelle D'Silva will introduce the elements required to create a spoken word poem. Through videos and writing exercises she will focus on what it takes to write a performance poem. The workshop will also touch upon basics of poetry writing.

Saturday 5th August 2017

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Riddles in Verse

Ankit Chadha

There are riddles in visuals, there are riddles in actions, and then there are riddles in verse. Ankit Chadha, the author of Amir Khusrau - The Man in Riddles, invites children with their elders to play along. Khusrau, the great poet of the 13th century, made songs out of the most banal experiences of life. Come, sing along these riddles that have been sung for the last 700 years.


11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Discover the Poet in You Workshop

Ameen Haque

Who says children cannot be poets or that poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea? Come and listen to poetry written for children. And get started on your journey as a poet. Write some poems. Share with others. And listen to theirs. Come with a blank page, open mind and discover the poet within you.

Age between: 9 to 14

01:00 pm – 02:30 pm

Performing Poetry for Children Workshop

Ajey Preetham

Children will be exposed and taken into the world of poems, through theatre exercises, theatre games, stories etc The session will culminate in a performance by the children participants using a poem.

Age: 8+

02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Book your Treasure

Aparna Jaishankar

In this 90 minute session, children will be treated to a treasure hunt around the venue. Clues will be in the form of age appropriate riddles, cryptic messages and more. Groups will be formed based on the age of the participants.

Age: 5+

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Chham, Chham, Chham - Folktales and Rhymes from India

Priya Muthukumar

This session focusses on weaving tales and traditional Indian rhymes together, highlighting the cultural richness of the two. Introducing the current generation to the stories and rhymes which were popular in the previous generation.

Age: 5+

05:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Bhaktas of Bharatadesa - Poets of Karnataka and their Lives

Lavanya Prasad

An attempt to bring in the age old tradition of storytelling. Music and Movement, flourished during the earlier years and artists incorporated them in their stories to bring more clarity and understanding, some argue the other way as well. The stories shared will be centred around the poets of Karnataka and their lives.

Age: 5+

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