2019 Archive


Andrea Jeremiah
Angshuman Kar
Anitha Thampi
Anjali Purohit
Anuja Chandramouli
Anuradha Patil
Anushka Ravishankar
Aparna Kapur
Arunava Sinha
Arun Dev
Arundhathi Subramaniam
Atul Jain
Barnali Ray Shukla
Deepti Sudhindra
Faiz Akram
H.S. Venkatesha Murthy
Hemant Deolekar
Hoshang Merchant
Huma Mirza
Irshad Kamil
Jayshree Misra Tripathi
Jeet Thayil
Lynessa Coutto
M C Bijju
Maitreyee B Chowdhury
Mandakranta Sen
Mani Rao
Manoj Muntashir
Manu Dash
Mohan Ram
Monica Mody
Nimisha Dean
Niveditha Subramniam
Padmini Ravi
Perumal Murugan
Pooja Ugrani
Poorna Swami
Poornima Laxmeshwar
Pradnya Daya Pawar
Prashant Sankaran
Prathibha Nandakumar
Raj Shekhar
Ramya Srinidhi
Ranjit Hoskote
Rike Scheffler
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarbjot Behl
Satyajit Sarna
Seema Grewal
Shanmukharadya K.P.
Sharanya Krishnan
Sharanya Sankar
Shariq Kaifi
Shruthi BR
Siddhant Chaturvedi
Sindhu Rao
Sounds of Isha
Sourav Roy
Sudha Rao
Sudhir Ranjan Singh
Sukrita Paul Kumar
Sundeep Bhutoria
Tenzin Tsundue
T M Krishna
TP Rajeevan
Vanamala Viswanatha
Veeranna Madivalar
Vishnu Pathak


Saturday 20th July 2019

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Lighting of the Lamp

Invocation by Sharanya Krishnan accompanied by Sharanya Sankar

10:00 am - 10:45 am

MC Sher in the House
Gully Boy comes to Bangalore

Siddhant Chaturvedi with Nimisha Dean

10:45 am - 11:15 am

ಅನಾತ್ಮನ ಕಾವ್ಯ ಯಾನ - Anaathmana Kaavya Yaana

H.S. Venkatesha Murthy interacts with Sindhu Rao and Veeranna Madiwalar

11:15 am - 11:45 am

The Body is Also in The Soul

Hoshang Merchant

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

When We Were Very Young
Writing poetry for children

Anushka Ravishankar, Hemant Deolekar and Sampurna Chattarji with Barnali Ray Shukla

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm

मराठी स्त्री- कविता : बदलती संहिता आणि संदर्भ
Marathi Women & their poetry

Anuradha Patil and Pradnya Daya Pawaro

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

Quietly Flows the Word

Jayshree Misra Tripathi, Satyajit Sarna and Sudha Rao with Monica Mod

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm

ਪੀੜਾਂ ਦਾ ਪਰਾਗਾ - Peedan da Paraga
Poetry from Punjab

Anand Lal, Bhuchung Sonam and Dibyajyoti Sarma

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Majnu Ka Tila
A poetic performance in Hindi

Raj Shekhar accompanied by Swaroopnath Bhatra on guitar

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Veeranna Madiwalar

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

I Never Saw a Moor, I Never Saw the Sea
The prescient in poetry

Barnali Ray Shukla, Monica Mody, Poorna Swami and Sukrita Paul Kumar with Sudha Rao

3:20 pm - 4:05 pm

Namma Poets
Boys and Girls from Bangalore

Atul Jain, Faiz Akram, Lynessa Coutto, Pooja Ugrani, Shanmukharadya K P, Shruthi B R and Vishnu Pathak with Poornima Laxmeshwar

4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

Sound and the Word
Poetry from different corners

Anitha Thampi, Manu Dash, Rike Scheffler, Shariq Kaifi and Tenzin Tsundue with Anjali Purohit

5:05 pm - 5:45 pm

Truth Triumphs - Revisiting Harishchandra

Vanamala Viswanatha

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Kitchen Travels

Barnali Ray Shukla, Seema Grewal and Sukrita Paul Kumar with Jayshree Misra Tripathi

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tere Sang Yaara
An evening with Qalam Ke Baahubali

Manoj Muntashir with Sundeep Bhutoria

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

இசையில் இணையும் கவிதை
When words dance to music

Perumal Murugan and TM Krishna

Sunday 21st July 2019

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Musical Performance

Sounds of Isha

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Of Metre and Mysticism

Sadhguru in conversation with Arundhathi Subramaniam

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

God as a Customer
A Bharatanatyam performance

Deepti Sudhindra and Padmini Ravi

12:15 pm - 01:05 pm

A Rose by Any Other Name
Translating verse

Arunava Sinha, Huma Mirza, Manu Dash, Ranjit Hoskote and Mani Rao with Sampurna Chattarji

01:05 pm - 1:30 pm

നീർക്കവിതകൾ - Neerkavithakal
From God's Own Country

Anitha Thampi and TP Rajeevan

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

The Rest is Resonance
Performance poet from Germany

Rike Scheffler

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Kya Toh Samay
Modern Hindi / Urdu poetry

Arun Dev, Hemant Deolekar, Shariq Kaifi and Sudhir Ranjan Singh with Sourav Roy

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

An Actor and A Poet

Andrea Jeremiah with Anuja Chandramouli

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm

Rap - A Contemporary voice of Kannada poetry

Gubbi, KrAzzY and MC Bijju

3:50 pm - 4:05 pm

Rebel With a Cause

Maitreyee Chowdhury with Jeet Thayil

4:05 pm - 4:35 pm

কীভাবে লিখি , কেন লিখি - How we Write and Why we Write
Bengali kavita

Angshuman Kar and Mandakranta Sen with Arunava Sinha

4:35 pm - 4:50 pm

Love Without a Story

Arundhathi Subramaniam with Jeet Thayil

4:50 pm - 5:35 pm

Love in Unreal Times

Arundhathi Subramaniam and Ranjit Hoskote

5:35 pm - 6:05 pm

When Verse Goes Viral

Arun Dev, Poorna Swami and Tenzin Tsundue with Satyajit Sarna

6:05 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaking in Tongues

Anjali Purohit and Sampurna Chattarji

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Poet and The Patriot

Hoshang Merchant, Mandakranta Sen, Prathibha Nandakumar, Sarbjot Behl, Sundeep Bhutoria and TP Rajeevan with Huma Mirza

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Agar Tum Saath Ho...
भारत का पहला Poetry Band

Irshad Kamil and Inkband


Saturday 20th July 2019

12:00 am – 01:00 pm

Take-Off Point In Poetry with Angshuman Kar<

Learn to appreciate a poem and write one that leaves the mundane and becomes a part of the ethereal

Language: Bilingual - Bangla-Hindi

Duration: 60 mins

Ticket Price: Rs.500

Note:Limited to 25 participants

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Come To Your Senses - A Masterclass with Ranjit Hoskote

A Workshop On Haiku

Say 'Poetry' and people think of words and the magic - or challenge - of linking words together in such a way that they shimmer, dance and mean more than they say. How do words evoke the cadences of music, the dazzle or suffusion of colour, the textures of touch? Are our various senses tied to separate experiences, or can they come together in a condition of synaesthesia? Hoskote will present and annotate examples from the work of several poets, including his own, and will invite the participants to respond to visual and auditory prompts in brief, focused exercises.

Language: English

Duration: 90 mins

Ticket Price: Rs.500

Note: Limited to 15 participants

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Basics of Poetry Writing - A Workshop by Hemant Deolekar

During this workshop, poet Hemant Deolekar will discuss the creative process in detail, which will set aspiring poets on the path for developing greater sensitivity and imagination. Through a guided writing exercise, the participants will also develop newer perspective of seeing the world around them more poetically.

Language: Hindi

Duration: 60 mins

Ticket Price: Rs.500

Note: Limited to 25 participants

Sunday 21st July 2019

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Contemporary Hindi Poetry : Tendencies and Struggles – A Masterclass with Sudhir Ranjan Singh

During this masterclass, poet and scholar Sudhir Ranjan Singh will help participants appreciate how Hindi poetry is changing in contemporary times, and make them mindful of the challenges that lay ahead. Besides some guided activities in which participants will engage, they will also open up to their personal struggles in writing poetry, and the facilitator will address them.

Language: Hindi

Duration: 60 mins

Ticket Price: Rs.500

Note: Limited to 25 participants

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Sanskrit prosody for absolutely-not-Sankrit poets with Mani Rao

What good can come of deconstructing metrical schemes in Sanskrit poetry -- long and short syllables, fixed patterns, duration as a measure? Of course, you will finally become savvy about the sound structures in those Sanskrit mantras and poems. But your own poetry will gain in rhythm, and you will become conscious of syllables like never before. Push yourself! No pain - no gain.

Language: English and Sanskrit

Duration: 60 mins

Ticket Price: Rs.500

Note: Limited to 15 participants

For Children

Saturday 20th July 2019

10:30 am – 11:45 pm

Karimuga the Pleasant Little Rakshasa with Nivedita Subramaniam

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

Meet Karimuga the rambunctious rakshasa and find out why he is the happiest of them all. A session with storytelling, rhyme and a little bit of craft thrown in. The session will be conducted by Niveditha Subramaniam, a writer-illustrator based in Chennai. She cherishes every opportunity to celebrate her abiding love for visuals and has published 14 books, ranging from picture books to teen-fiction and a graphic novel for young adults. Her latest offering is This is me, Mayil (co-authored with Sowmya Rajendran). A wordless picture book is in the pipeline. Niveditha is a Charles Wallace India Trust Scholar (2015 – 2017) and a recipient of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar (2015). Six of her titles have been recommended by the CBSE and 2 by the NCERT for schools.

Age: 4 Years and Above

Language: English

Duration: 1 Hour and 15 mins

Note: Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Excuse Me, Is This a Poem? with Anushka Ravishankar

Should poetry always be about pretty flowers and profound thoughts? Let's try getting real. Let's make poetry out of smelly things and oily things, silly things and daily things. Yup, this too can be poetry! The session will be conducted by Anushka Ravishankar. She has written over thirty books for children, including picture books in verse, chapter books, retellings of folk tales and non-fiction. Several of them have been published internationally and have won awards. Some of her books are: Catch That Crocodile, Moin and the Monster, To Market To Market and Tiger on a Tree. She has worked in an editorial capacity at Tara Books and Scholastic India. In 2012, she co-founded Duckbill Books, which publishes funny, edgy and exciting Indian books for children and young adults.

Age: 10 Years and Above

Language: English

Duration: 1 Hour and 15 mins

Note: Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

Sunday 21st July 2019

10:30 am – 11:45 pm

They searched for Blue - Mask and a Poem with Barnali Ray Shuklae

Come, make us listen to your words, make friends with your imagination as you find your way to an imaginary world with your poems and us. Here is a space and platform to create and not cater, thus open up new ideas for pre teens who are increasingly growing up in single kid families, and perhaps don't hang out enough with kids their age and given that living is increasingly in closed spaces. In this workshop children work with one prop - a mask. The session will include DIY work and also ask the children to write a poem.

Age: 8 to 12 years

Language: English

Duration: 1 Hour and 15 mins

Note: Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Tutu Plays Hide and Seekwith Ramya Srinidhi and Prashant Sankaran

A story session about adventures of a little girl and her furry friend "It started as another ordinary Saturday for Tutu. No school, nothing to do but play with Kaalu. But then, almost as soon as they begun their first game of Hide and Seek, every thing changed...and an adventure began..." Interactive story session by Ramya Srinidhi, followed by a free flowing interaction with the author, Prashant Sankaran.

Age: 6 Years and Above

Language: English

Duration: 60 mins

Note: Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Button Where? Button There! with Aparna Kapur

tep into the Universe as Aparna reads from her new poetry book Red Button, Blue Button. Using buttons as inspiration -- round, square, old, new -- participants will create their own button-creatures and learn how to write an irreverent poem to match. The session will be conducted by Aparna Kapur who is the Deputy Editor at Pratham Books. She has previously worked as the Assistant Editor for the children’s science magazine, Brainwave, and written several comic books for Amar Chitra Katha. She has also co-authored Ruckus on the Road for Puffin.

Age: 6 to 12 years

Language: English

Duration: 1 Hour and 15 mins

Note: Free Attendance but Limited to 25 children


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