2016 Archive


Akhil Katyal
Anand Thakore
Anjum Hasan
Arundhathi Subramaniam
BinaSarkar Ellias
Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy
Chand Pasha
CP Surendran
Dolly Singh
Geetha Srikrishnan
Hemant Divate
Indu K. Mallah
Javed Akhtar
Jayant Kaikini
Jennifer Robertson
Kamalinee Mukherjee
Karthika V. K.
Kutti Revathi
Mamta Sagar
Manohar Shetty
Menka Shivdasani
Mruna liniGiri
Mustansir Dalvi
Nabina Das
Neal Hall
Nitoo Das
Piyush Mishra
Poornima kaushik
Prathibha Nandakumar
Priya Sarukkai Chabria
Radha Thomas
Raj Shekhar
Rakhshanda Jalil
Robin S Ngangom
Rudreswaraswamy M. S.
Rukmini BhayaNair
Sachin C Ketkar
Samantak Bhadra
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarabjeet Garcha
Satchidanandan K.
Savita Bhargava
Selvaprakash L
Shabnam Virmani
Shammi Sanjeev
Shiva Priya
Shobhana Kumar
Shreekumar Varma
Siddartha M. S.
Simon Napier-Bell
Sudha Chidananda Gowda
Sudhir Ranjan Singh
Swati Chopra
Tanya Mendonsa
Tarini Shubhadayini
Teejan Bai
Usha Rajagopalan
Usha Rao
Varun Gandhi
Vasu Dixit
Vasundhara Das
Vibha Rani
Vikram Sampath
Vipul Rikhi
Vivek Narayanan
Yellappa T


Saturday 6th August 2016

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Aasai Mugam Marandhu Poche

Bindhumalini Narayanswamy

9:30 am - 9:55 am

Lamp Lighting

Jayant Kaikini and Volga

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Poetry His Art His Heritage

Javed Akhtar in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil

10:50 am - 11:05 am

Winter's A' Coming Still

Dr. Neal Hall

11:10 am - 11:40 pm

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Anand Thakore, Radha Thomas, Simon Napier-Bell and Vasundhara Das Moderator: Vikram Sampath

11:45 am - 12:05 pm

Defining Pleasure

Prathibha Nandakumar

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

The Evolving Language of Hindi Poets

Akhil Katyal, Savita Bhargava and Sudhir Ranjan Singh Moderator: Dolly Singh

12:45 pm - 1:05 pm

Popcorn Breasts

Vibha Rani

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

In Pursuit of a Private Language

Arundhathi Subramaniam, Sampurna Chattarji, Tanya Mendonsa and Vivek Narayanan Moderator: Menka Shivdasani

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Apes and Angels

CP Surendran

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Voices from the East - A Poetic Sojourn

Bina Sarkar-Ellias, Nabina Das, Nitoo Das and Robin Ngangom Moderator: Maitreyee B. Chowdhury

2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

A Story and a Song

Rukmini Bhaya Nair

3:20 pm - 3:55 pm

Majnu ka Tila

Raj Shekhar

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

The Poetry and the Body Politic

Kutti Revathi

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm


Varun Gandhi

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Ektara Ditties

Teejan Bai

Sunday 7th August 2016

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Andal - The Mystic Poet

Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Poornima Kaushik

10:05 am - 10:35 am

40 under 40

Hemant Divate, Jennifer Robertson, Nabina Das and Samantak Bhadra with K. Satchidanandan

10:40 am - 11:00 am


Vivek Narayanan

11:05 am - 11:50 am

Arre Ruk Ja Re Bandeh

Piyush Mishra

11:55 am - 12:20 pm

I Live on a Road, a Long Magic Road...

Arundhathi Subramaniam in conversation with Shobhana Kumar

12:25 pm - 12:45 pm

Manohar's Ark

Manohar Shetty

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm

Who is Reading Poetry?

Bina Sarkar-Ellias, Hemant Divate, Sarabjeet Garcha and Vivek Narayanan Moderator: V K Karthika

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

A Poet and an Actor

Kamalinee Mukherjee in conversation with Dr. Neal Hall

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Words Without Borders

Akhil Katyal, Priya Sarukkai, Rakhshanda Jalil and Sachin C Ketkar Moderator: Sampurna Chattarji

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm

Complexities and Confluences

Mustansir Dalvi

2:40 pm - 2:55 pm

Seven Deaths and Four Scrolls

Anand Thakore

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

Cities and Mirrors

Anjum Hasan with Usha Rao

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Poetics of Resistance

K. Satchidanandan

4:05 pm - 4:20 pm

Celebrating Bharati

Usha Rajagopalan and Geetha Srikrishnan

4:25 pm - 4:40 pm

The Woman who Speaks to Milk Pots

Menka Shivdasani

4:45 pm - 5:05 pm

Earth is My Burden

Indu Mallah, Shobhana Kumar and Shreekumar Varma

5:10 pm - 5:55 pm

Nudi Bedagu

Curated by Mamta Sagar Featuring: Sudha Chidananda Gowda, M. S. Rudreswaraswamy, Tarini Shubhadayini, T. Yellappa, Shammi Sanjeev, Chand Pasha, Siddartha M. Poetry Performance: Mamta Sagar in collaboration with Vasu Dixit

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shabd Ki Chot

Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi


Sunday 7th August 2016

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Poetry and rock management - Can they really go together?

Simon Napier-Bell

Description of workshop:
Poetry should be looked at as a commercial art, not in artistic isolation. Learning about the music industry could be key to making money as a poet. This is a suggestion rather than a diktat. Hopefully the students and I will learn from each other as to whether I'm right or not.

Learning how the music business works. Song lyrics are poetry, and lyrics are the key to pop music success.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Publishing Poetry

Karthika VK and Swati Chopra

The publishing world can seem mysterious, especially if you write poetry. As poets, we ask ourselves, “Why do publishers accept some poems over others? Why were my poems turned down, while poems in a similar vein were published? What do publishers want?” This workshop will demystify what goes into the decision to publish poetry, editors’ likes and dislikes, markets, and other factors.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Discourses in Poetry

Sudhir Ranjan Singh

The workshop aims at engaging aspiring young poets in discussions that help understand poetry better. How the art of writing poetry has evolved and what are the nuances and intricacies of writing good poetry. Hindi will be language of communication and focus area for the workshop.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Poetry, Poets, Words and The Struggle for Freedom

Dr. Neal Hall

In this interactive session Dr. Hall briefly shares his views on poetry and the poet and their intimate interplay with word forms. Reading from several poems as points of references for group discussions, Dr. Hall shares his thoughts on those man-made constructs he believes to be disarming and controlling tools oppressors utilize to oppress, or in the least, to maintain the status quo. Such tools include: faith, hope, ignorance, progress, religion, tradition, culture, formal education, anthems and flags

03:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Found Poetry: Where Art and Poetry collide

Mrunalini Giri

Found Poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and refraining them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

For Children

Saturday 6th August 2016

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Writing your first song; with words, pen and a tune to sing along!

Aparna Raman and Prasanna Timothy

In this workshop, children will be given a chorus line and word prompts to write a song. The kids will set their song to popular tunes with guitar accompaniment by Prasanna and sing them. This will help them appreciate the beauty of poetry through music and lyrics.


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Paint a poem: Colours, crayons and imagination

Leon James

In this workshop, children will get a chance to visualize and work in groups to play with poems. Kids will be divided into groups and work on individual poems using colours to convert them into paintings. The workshops intends to introduce poetry to children in a fun, visual way.

Age: 7+

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

Let's make a poetic image: Theatre in poetry

Deepika Arwind

The fun-filled group-based workshop will introduce children to the world of theatre through poetry. It will use poetry as point of departure to think about storytelling and image-making in theatre; how a poem (a piece of text) could potentially begin to form the basis for storytelling in theatre.

Age: 10+

02:30 pm – 03:30 pm

Heritage in a poem: Fun with history

Vikramjit Singh Rooprai

This interactive workshop will be high on energy and participation and kids will be creating poems with Vikramjit to look at history in an entertaining way. Children will be introduced to Indian heritage and Indian history through fun exercises and poetry. As a group they would collectively come up with a poem and take back a piece of history in a poem. The workshop will be in a mixture of English and Hindi to appreciate the vastness of our beautiful country.

Age: 10+

04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Rain and Rhyme

Sakshi Singh

Rain and Rhyme Wonder With words Weave A Web of Words A Wonderful World of Words The children will be introduced to poetry by playing with rhyming words thereby taking home, something they created by themselves weaving the magic of words.

Age: 6+


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