Welcome to the Bengaluru Poetry Festival, the city’s first festival dedicated to poetry and poetry alone. A celebration of all things poetry.
The festival is the first of its kind to provide a platform for poets to perform in English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Odia, Maithili and many more tongues. Meet poets from everywhere - local, national, international - and soak up the junoon and jashn.
The programming of the inaugural edition of the festival includes an interesting mix of poetry performances, explorations of the connect between poetry and music, lyric and the lyrical, along with discussions about poetry and opportunities to learn through workshops and interactive sessions.
Poetry - in all forms and languages, meter and idiom, across genres and geography - is coming to “Namma Bengaluru” on following dates:
There is a no man's land between conscious and the sub-conscious mind. This is where poetry grows in some minds.' - Javed Akhtar
It is perhaps a complete dichotomy that one's poetry, a “dialogue between self and soul”, achieves closure, and truly enhances itself when it sheds its self-consciousness and allows itself to become a bridge, allowing others in and going where it has never been before. I thank the Bengaluru Poetry Festival for the privilege of being able to share some of my work.' - Varun Gandhi
It is heartening to know that a festival of poetry is being launched in Bangalore when many publishers and critics seem to think that poetry is a dying art. But poetry is the densest and the most passionate articulation of human angst and resistance in a world that is becoming increasingly inhuman." - K. Satchidanandan
I am always happy to perform in Bengaluru. I am back here after two years...' - Teejan Bai
I am very disappointed I will be out of the country during the inaugural Bengaluru Poetry Festival. Next year I will be there!' - Salma (Tamil poet)
The programming is a mix of the popular and the purist. From the epics to poems of solitude, chaos and everyday life, the festival will hit every note.' - Shinie Antony