August 5 Schedule

Festival Comperes: Amitha Singh and Vasanthi Hariprakash

Festival Inauguration and Lamp Lighting

Amjad Ali Khan, Ashok Vajpeyi and Chandrashekhar Kambar

10:00 - 10:15

Master on Masters

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with Kumudha BharathRam

The maestro talks about some of the greatest Indian music icons

10:15 - 11:00

Helatini Kela: Listen, I will tell you this story

Chandrashekhar Kambar with Krishna Manavalli

A freewheeling conversation on Kambaru's journey as a poet and the launch of the translation of Shivana Dangura

11:00 - 11:30

Book Launch of Kuch Pyaar, Kuch Tadap

Padmavati Rao and Girish Karnad with Mohit Kataria

Girish Karnad launches this book of poems on love and longing inspired by old Bollywood songs

11:30 - 12:00

Songs from the Mist

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

Voices from the North-East

12:00 - 12:45

Secret Lives, Public Voices

Margaret Mascarenhas, Salma and Sumana Roy with Mani Rao

The poets discuss approaches to autobiographical material, distancing techniques and how they cope with the aftermath of making private naratives public

12:45 - 1:30

Looking Back and Forth

Arjun Rajendran and Rohan Chhetri

A dialogue on New Poems, New Voices

1:30 - 2:00

Complicating Worlds

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

Poets from Wales, Malaysia and Ireland discuss their poetry

2:00 - 2:45

Suspected Poems

Gulzar with Pavan K. Varma

The poet and his translator explore threads ranging from the disturbed climate in the country to the culture of intolerance and the plight of the aam aadmi

2:45 - 3:45

The Corporate Bard

Nadir Godrej with Barnali Ray Shukla

The boardroom strikes back, tenderly

4:00 -4:45

Oneself as Another

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

On translation and translating

4:45 - 5:30

Oru Pennin Kadhai (The Story of a Woman)


Tamil poet and spokesperson for women's rights articulates the nuances of repressed desire and sexuality

5:30 - 6:00

The Life of a Lyric Kobi is Always Short

Amit Chaudhuri with Sumana Roy

Poet, musician and composer on his work

6:00 - 6:45


Sudeep Sen

On desire, disease, delusion, dream, downpour

6:45 -7:15

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

Smita Bellur and Group

Smita brings a bouquet of mystic poetry from various traditions, regions and saint-poets of India, in her ragadari style. From Akkamahadevi to Meera, Kabir to Khusro, Bulle Shah to Khwaja Farid, a presentation of expressions of Divine Love while exploring Sufi/Bhakti devotion.

7:30 - 8:30