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City’s first-ever poetry festival on Aug 6, 7

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BENGALURU: Many of India’s most famous writers, poets and musicians will be gathering in the City for its first-ever poetry festival which is to take place in the Leela Palace on August 6 and 7.

Atta Galata, in partnership with city-based poetry groups, is organising the two-day Bengaluru Poetry Festival (BPF). City-based poetry groups involved in this high profile festival include Ink Weaver, Airplane Poetry Movement, Open Sky Slam, Poetry at the Park, Let Poetry Be and Anjuman. Many independent poets and writers are also part of this event.

Interactive sessions, poetry recitations, and discussions on explorations and connections between poetry and music are the highlights of the festival.

Poetry from all over the world, including regional languages like Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi and Telugu will be read, discussed and disseminated. Top notch publishing houses like Harper and Collins are also taking part in the event.

The winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Asia region prize in 2013, Shinie Antony, is the festival director. “We have a special curation of Kannada poetry, along with other regional languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Odia, Maithili, Bengali and Telugu. This festival is for those who read and write poetry, for whom it is a way of life,” said festival director Shinie Antony.


The publishing partner of the festival, Raindrops Company, is conducting a poetry contest, which is the main attraction. The anthology – Poetry-Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2016 will be compiled using selected poems.

“Poetry is a powerful form of self-expression for many people, yet it either plays a small part or gets lost in literature festivals,” said Subodh Sankar, organizer and co-founder of city-based bookstore Atta Galatta, explaining the need for such an event at a time when Indian poets are getting global recognition.

Well-known poets and musicians like Javed Akhtar,K. Satchidanandan, Jayanth Kaikini, Vasu Dixit, Piyush Mishraa, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Nabina Das, C P Surendran, Radha Thomas, Bina Sarkar-Elias, Priya Sarukkai-Chabbria, Anjum Hassan, ­­Raj Shekar and others will be present.

Ashika A Rao







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