Bengaluru Poetry Festival
6th Edition
27th & 28th August


Saturday 27th August 2022*

Schedule may change due to unavoidable reasons

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Lamp Lighting

A performance by Jyoti Seva Sadan Children's Choir

10:30 am - 11:15 am


Deepti Naval with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Meet Meena

Meena Kandasamy

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

The Dance of Poetry: Literal & the Abstract

Akhila Krishnamurthy, Apoorva Jayaraman, Navia Natarajan and Purva Dhanashree

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Musings of Meter and Melody

Sadhana Rao

12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

ಅಂಗಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕಾಶ ಮತ್ತು ಟ್ರಯಲ್ ರೂಮಿನ ಅಪ್ಸರೆ | Angaladalli Aakasha Mattu Trial Roomina Apsare

Bhuvana Hiremath and Raju Hegde with Prathibha Nandakumar

01:15 pm - 01:30 pm

Launch of "Avana Mukha Maretuhogide"

by Prathibha Nandakumar

01:30 pm - 02:00 pm

Poetry vs Mathematics in the Search for Truth

Anirudh Sridhar

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm

Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidiya

Gurpratap Khairah, Irom Sharmila, Jacinta Kerketta, Mamta Sagar, Niranjan Bharathi and Raju Hegde

02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

Who Is Reading Poetry?

Naveen Kishore, Vinita Agrawal with Arunava Sinha

03:15 pm - 03:45 pm

Bharatiism: The Mahakavi's Legacy

Niranjan Bharathi and Shobhana Kumar

03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

The Young and The Restless

Avinab Datta Areng, Basudhara Roy, Karuna Ezara Parikh, Kiran Bhat and Siddharth Dasgupta

04:30 pm - 05:15 pm

मंच आपका है | Manch Aapka Hai

Gurpratap Khairah, Lovely Goswami, Mahesh Verma, Mohit Kataria and Rafia Zainab

05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

Quarantine Train Journey

Arjun Rajendran, Prashanth Parvatneni, Shobhana Kumar and Soni Somarajan

05:45 pm - 06:15 pm

Launch of "Love Me in A Hurry" A Bilingual Book of Poetry

Mani Rao and Prathibha Nandakumar

06:15 pm - 07:00 pm

Converse: Contemporary English Poetry by Indians

Ashwani Kumar, Maitreyee Chowdhury, Naveen Kishore, Sudeep Sen and Vinita Agrawal

07:00 pm - 07:45 pm

Speak Out

Akhil Katyal, Irom Sharmila, Karuna Ezara Parikh, Meena Kandasamy and Uday Prakash

07:45 pm - 08:15 pm

On a Classical Note

Vikram Sampath with Madhu Nataraj

Sunday 28th August 2022*

Schedule may change due to unavoidable reasons

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Speaking in Songs

Rekha Bhardwaj with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

10:45 am - 11:30 am

हिंदी की आवाज़ें | Hindi Ki Aawazein

Jacinta Kerketta, Mahesh Verma, Sourav Roy and Uday Prakash with Jaya Srinivasan

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Verse Warriors

Arjun Rajendran, Aswin Vijayan, Sekhar Banerjee and Sufia Khatoon

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

A Poetic Duet

Akhil Katyal with Pervin Saket

12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

Found In Translation

Arunava Sinha and HS Shivaprakash with Mamta Sagar

01:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Poets to Come

Avinab Datta Areng, Basudhara Roy, Shobhana Kumar and Tuhin Bhowal

01:30 pm - 02:00 pm


Bharath Savitri, Daniel Sukumar, Joshua Muyiwa and Mariyam Saigal

02:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Song of the Open Road

Kiran Bhat, Mohua Chinappa, Prashant Parvatneni and Tuhin Bhowal

02:30 pm - 03:00 pm

Mapping the Self Into Poetry: Presentation and Reading

HS Shivaprakash

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

One's Self I Sing

Pervin Saket, Sekhar Banerjee, Siddharth Dasgupta and Sufia Khatoon

03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

O Me! O Life!

Ashwani Kumar, Aswin Vijayan, Soni Somarajan and Sudeep Sen

04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

In the Flow: Vasundhara Das in conversation with Akhila Krishnamurthy

04:30 pm - 05:15 pm

Sufi Soul

Arunoday Singh with Mahalakshmi Prabhakaran

05:15 pm - 05:30 pm

Knotted Grief

Naveen Kishore

05:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Ecopoetics and the Singular

Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Mani Rao

06:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Lingua Poetica

Bhuvana Hiremath, Kapil Arambam, Maitrayi Nag, Mobika Maring and Pramod Shankar

06:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Ministry of Deceit

Anita Nair with Naveen Kishore

07:00 pm - 07:45 pm

इरशाद | Irshaad

Hussain Haidry and Rajesh Reddy with Sandeep Shikhar

07:45 pm Onwards

A performance

Jeet Thayil with Disco Puppet, Hollis Coats and Sangeeta Agnes Hosea


Saturday 27th August 2022

11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Ghar: Hindi Workshop on Poetry

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2022 brings to you the opportunity to learn 1-1 from masters of Indian Poetry

Home is a powerful metaphor of our roots, language, and memories. Search for one's home also makes us confront the larger horrors of today: displacement, refugee crisis, and climate change. With home as the central idea, Uday Prakash will discuss the role of poetry and the poet. The workshop will include writing activities and feedback sessions.

Uday Prakash is a Hindi poet, scholar, journalist, translator, short story writer, and novelist. His work has been translated into German, English, Spanish, and several Indian languages. He received the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Mohandas in 2010, which he returned in 2015, to protest the murder of rationalist academic M. M. Kalburgi. Prakash’s career as a writer, educator, administrator, editor, researcher, and TV director spans several decades. It includes roles such as Assistant Professor at JNU, Assistant Editor of the Hindi literary journal Poorvagraha, Subeditor of the Hindi news weekly Dinmaan, Assistant Editor of the Sunday Mail, Assistant Professor at the School of Social Journalism, and head of the PTI TV Concept and Script Department. Since 1993, he has been a full-time freelance writer.

Language: Hindi

Age: 18+

Ticket Charge: Rs. 500/- per participant, non-refundable

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03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Writing Ghazals in English: A Workshop for Beginners

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival in it's 6th edition brings to you some wonderful opportunities to learn 1-1 from masters of Indian Poetry.

Ever wondered what the rules of a Ghazal are? Do you know what a radif, qafiya, sher, matla, maqta and takhallus are? How do they come together to make a ghazal? And did you know that a ghazal can also be written in English? Come join this 2-hour workshop to learn the preliminary rules of writing an English ghazal. We will be doing some writing together so bring your writing pads.

Akhil Katyal is the author of 'Like Blood on the Bitten Tongue: Delhi Poems' (Westland-Context) and 'How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross' (TGIPC). He was the 2021 Vijay Nambisan Poetry Fellow. He lives in Delhi.

Language: English

Age: 18+

Ticket Charge: Rs. 500/- per participant, non-refundable

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Sunday 28th August 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Multi-lingual Poetry Workshop

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2022 brings you the opportunity to learn 1-1 from masters of Indian Poetry.

This poetry workshop explores at poetry as a tool of expression and transformation across languages and cultures. The multilingual workshop is open to participants from any linguistic background. Medium of the facilitation will be English. Participants will be encouraged to explode their notions of poetry and text by using visual and performance art skills as well as experimental ‘translation’ and ‘transcreation’ possibilities. This workshop is suitable for all, whatever your experience or background is. The workshop activities will include creative engagement towards crafting poems, exploring multilingualism, visualizing words and metaphors through audio and video work etc. Workshop activities will include individual and group participations. The workshop will culminate in a poetry presentation, a group reading/performance designed and produced at the workshop.

Mamta Sagar is a poet, writer, academic and translator writing in Kannada language. She has four collections of poems, “Hide & Seek”, a collection of selected poems in English with the source text in Kannada 2014, “Hiige Haaleya Maile Haadu” (Like this the song) 2007, “Nadiya Neerina Teiva” 1999, “Kaada Navilina Hejje” 1992, four plays, an anthology of column writing, a collection of critical essays in Kannada and English on gender, language, literature and culture and a book on Slovenian- Kannada Literature Interactions to her credit.

Language: English

Age: 18+

An urge to write poems in a language you are comfortable with.

You are welcome to bring in vocals and instruments if you are inclined to music.

Participant should be open to collaborate and create.

A mobile phone with camera.

Ticket Charge: Rs. 500/- per participant, non-refundable.

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For Children

Saturday 27th August 2022

05:30 pm - 06:30pm

Stories with Yoga Asanas with Anagha Prasad

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2022 brings interesting events and performances for the young ones

Story and yoga asana - 2 mediums which have been passed on from generations aiding us towards holistic growth.

Power up your mind with stories and your body with yoga asanas.

Come experience the blending of the 2 powerful mediums

Anagha Prasad a professional storyteller is also certified Yoga instructor. She has been getting children and the kids at heart hooked on to her and her stories for the last 8 years. Having worked in the IT industry for 10 years she shifted her tracks when her calling of life came to light. Her unique style is of blending storytelling with her love for yoga. Using of yoga asanas while telling stories has enthralled her audience and enriched their experience.

Age Guidance: For Kids

Language: English

The event is suitable for children ages 5+

Entry is free but pre-registration is required

Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

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Sunday 28th August 2022

04:00 pm - 05:00pm

Many Colours of Us with Lavanya Kapahi

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2022 brings interesting events and performances for the young ones.

Get ready for a colourful journey across India and experience the magic of diversity along the way with a fun activity!

Lavanya Kapahi believes stories can empower children to live and thrive in a diverse world. She traverses sensitive topics with a light touch. Many Colours of Us is her second book with Tulika. Lavanya has previously worked in the IT industry. Being passionate about stories, books and technology, she has merged these interests to experiment with personalised children's books.

Age Guidance: For Kids

Language: English

The event is suitable for children ages 5+

Entry is free but requires pre-registration

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05:30 pm - 06:30pm

Treasure Hunt : 3 Clowns and their Mishaps - Children's play by Namkampani

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2022 brings some interesting events and performances for the young ones

3 Robbers 1 Treasure. Who gets the treasure ?? Do they find out that there are other robbers in the house ?? And what is this treasure ??

A simple plot with a lot of twists and turns and an essential question " What can be a treasure ?". Come let's laugh and lighten the mood a little with these 3 clowns and their mishaps.

Namkampani aims to create work through collaboration experimentation and play to create original material that will inspire move and entertain our audiences. We wish to stimulate celebrate and enhance understanding of ourselves and others through the shared experience of live theater by producing new plays and classics marked by innovative interpretations and a reflection and inclusion of our community and the world in which we live.

The facilitator Surabhi Vasisht is the founder of Namkampani. She has donned various roles in Bengaluru's theatre scene as an actor director costume designer makeup artist and a stage lighting professional. She is best known in the theatre circles and audiences alike as an actor.

Age Guidance: For Kids

Language: English

The event is suitable for children ages 5+

Entry is free but requires pre-registration

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Our Story

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival is the city’s only literary event dedicated to poetry. Organized by the not-for-profit Bengaluru Poetry Festival trust, the event has seen 5 back-to-back successful years, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and has attracted thousands of poetry lovers each year.

The five years of the festival has seen participation from over 400 poets, musicians, lyricists and performers and the programming has included Individual performances, Panel discussions, Workshops and Readings. The festival has brought poets and poetry from across the country, with substantial regional and ethnic flavours to the audiences of Bangalore.

The festival has grown to become a beloved fixture in the literary and cultural calendar of the city, and is now being recongnised across the country.

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.

The festival was conceptualized, when the founders of the festival realized that while poetry as a form of self-expression was gaining immense popularity, and Indian poets, and poetry were increasingly being recognized the world over, there were limited opportunities available for poets within existing literary festival platforms. Thus was born the Bengaluru Poetry Festival in 2016, a platform for poets, and poetry.

An inherent love for poetry brought the core team together – to plan this festival in a spirit of gratitude and joy, as a salute to poets and the magical, magical world of their compositions.

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