Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2018

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.


AJ Thomas

Ajoy Bose


Alif and Mohammad Muneem

Alvin Pang

Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Amit Ranjan

Amruta Dongray


Ananda Lal

Andrea Jeremiah

Aneesh Vidyashankar

Anuja Chandramouli

Anupama Raju

Asang Ghosh

Bhuchung D Sonam

Biswamit Dwibedy

Chandrashekar Kambara

DC Rajappa

Dibyajyoti Sarma

Ga jagadeesh

Gili Haimovich

Jayant Parmar

Jayanta Mahapatra


Kavish Seth

kavita seth

Mamang Dai

Mangalesh Dabral

Manisha Agarwal

Manjiri Indurkar

Manmohan Singh

Michael Creighton

Mona Zote

MR Kamala

Nandita Bose

Neela Bhagwat

Nilim Kumar

Nirupama Menon Rao

Paramita Satpathi

Perumal Murugan

Prashanth Shankaran

Prathibha Nandakumar

Rabia Kapoor

Rahul Soni

Ramachandra Guha

Rohinton Daruwala

S Diwakar

Sameer Tanti

Shabana Azmi

Shantanu Chaudhari

Sohini Basak

Sophia Naz

Sridala Swami

Srilata Krishnan

Sundeep Bhutoria

Sunita Raina

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Urvashi Bahuguna

Usha Uthup

Uttaran Das Gupta

Vasant Abaji Dahake

Vishal Bhardwaj

Yatindra Mishra


9:45 am - 10:00 am Saturday


Lamp Lighting by Shabana Azmi

10:00 am - 10:15 am Saturday

The Walking Violinist

Aneesh Vidyashankar

11:00 am - 11:45 am Saturday

Mana Laagi to Naa Kathinaayii

Neela Bhagwat with Sumit Naik and Umakant Puranik

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Saturday

Kavi Samaya - Verse Times

S. Diwakar, Jogi, M.R Kamala and Prathibha Nandakumar

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Saturday

Permanent Address

Mamang Dai, Michael Creighton and Nirupama Menon Rao

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Saturday

Police Kavita

DC Rajappa, GA Jagadeesh

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Saturday

Hum Par Itne Daag Hei

Yatindra Mishra with Sundeep Bhutoria

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Saturday

Publishing Poetry in India

Anand Lal, Bhuchung Sonam and Dibyajyoti Sarma

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Saturday

Meri Zubaan Desi Hai

Kavish Seth?

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Saturday

Two Poets

Amruta Dongray and Nandita Bose with Prashant Sankaran

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Saturday

Yonder Shores

Alvin Pang, Gili Hamovich and Ulrike Almut Sandig

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Saturday

Across the Universe: The Beatles in India

Ajoy Bose with Nirupama Menon Rao

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm Saturday

Ellide Shivapura

Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday

Kashmir se Kanyakumari Tak

AJ Thomas, Manmohan Singh, Paramita Satpathi, Sunita Raina and Vasant Abaji Dahake

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saturday

Alif & Almut Live in Concert

Ulrike Almut Sandig with ALIF

10:00 am - 10:45 am Sunday

Main Kavita Hoon

Kavita Seth with Kavish Seth

10:45 am - 11:15 am Sunday

Songs of a Coward

Perumal Murugan

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Sunday

The Young and the Restless

Biswamit Dwibedy, Manjiri Indurkar, Rabia Kapoor and Rahul Soni with Amit Ranjan

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Sunday

Bhatki Sufi in Hindustani Art Music

Amarendra Dhaneshwar with an introduction by Ramachandra Guha

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Sunday


Sohini Basak, Sridala Swami, Srilata Krishnan and Urvashi Bahuguna

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Sunday

For the Love of my Language

Bhuchung Sonam, Mona Zote and Sophia Naz

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sunday

One Two Cha Cha Cha

Usha Uthup with Sundeep Bhutoria

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday

Verse has Two Wings

Anamika, Asang Ghosh, Jayant Parmar, Manglesh Dabral with Yatindra Mishra

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Sunday

Don’t Look for Something to Write About

Anupama Raju, Dibyajyoti Sarma, Rohinton Daruwala and Uttaran Das Gupta

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Sunday

Rajathani Folk Performance

Manisha Agarwal

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Sunday

The Journey of Indian English Poetry

Jayanta Mahapatra

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Sunday

Songs from the North East

Mamang Dai, Mona Zote, Nilim Kumar and Sameer Tanti

6:45 pm - 7:30 pm Sunday


Akarsha Kamala

7:30 pm - 8:15 pm Sunday


Vishal Bhardwaj with Shantanu Chaudhari

Saturday 4th August 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Art Of Losing Is Not Hard To Master

@ Delicate Balances in a Short Poem

Description of workshop:
A quick deconstruction of poems chosen from the non-western world to help explore the importance of place in contemporary writing. Enter into an inter-textual dialogue with fellow poets from different linguistic streams to investigate deeper into the art, artifice and ethics of bearing witness to other’s perspective in poetry.

Language: (Bilingual) English and Hindi
Duration: 60 mins
Ticket Price: Rs.500
Facilitator: Anamika

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Images and Cuts

A Workshop On Haiku

Learn the art of building concrete images free of judgment or analysis, juxtaposing them through cuts. Convey emotions using objective images. Explore works of the four great masters of Japanese Haiku - Basho, Issa, Buson, and Shiki; apply their craft in Modern English and Hindi verses.

Language: (Bilingual) English and Hindi
Duration: 60 mins
Ticket Price: Rs.500
Facilitator: Sourav Roy

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Image, Sound, Surprise

@ Hall Building

Successful poems often result when poets hammer together ordinary and unexpected things. In this workshop we'll look at some of the many ways poems make our brains go 'pop'. Participants will be given the opportunity to read, discuss and write interesting poems that do surprising things.

Language: English
Duration: 90 mins
Ticket Price: Rs.500
Facilitator: Michael Creighton

Sunday 5th August 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

What's your Doha? by Amar Chitra Katha

A Doha is a two-line verse that conveys a thought or a story

Join the Amar Chitra Katha team as they show you the wonder behind a Doha and help you create your own! There is a poet hidden in all of us and this workshop promises to bring out your poetic side. Inspired by poets like Kabir and Mirabai and their Dohas, this workshop will take you on an enchanting journey!

Age: 5+
Entry: Free

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Rhyme and reason

A Poetry Writing Workshop for Children by Funky Rainbow

A hands-on Poetry writing workshop, by the author, editor and reading champion Vidya Mani. Like dancing and painting and singing, poems are just a way to express yourself, your thoughts, and your attitude. And, the best way to get better and better at poetry is to get verse and verse – in other words, just start writing! In the course of this hands-on workshop, author, editor and reading champion Vidya Mani will show you just why rhyme has a reason!

Age between: 8-13 years
Entry: Free

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Day the Crayons Quit by Jugaad Theatre

Jugaad.Co brings its popular children’s play -'The Day the Crayons Quit' to the Bengaluru Poetry Festival.

Age: 5+
Entry: Free

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