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Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2017

Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2017
presented by Atta Galatta

Bengaluru Poetry Festival (BPF), the city’s first festival dedicated to poetry, is back! 

Over 4000 poetry lovers attended the two-day festival last year, making it the surprise hit of 2016 — and we only plan on winning more of your love this year. We have put together a melodious schedule once more and hope to see each one of you back again. All the usuals will be here, along with some highly unusuals: poets across all languages, word palettes from all over the world and exclusive performances in verse and song. Poets new and old, lyricists, singers, performers, musicians… prepare yourself for all rhyme and reason.

The 2nd edition of Bengaluru Poetry Festival is scheduled to be held on the 5th and 6th of August 2017 at The Leela Palace. The festival has once again attracted a number of internationally recognized poets and artistes who have confirmed their participation and the stage is set for another weekend of incredible poetry performances for literary connoisseurs of Bangalore.

The inaugural edition of the BPF held on the 6th and 7th August 2016 at the Leela Palace saw performances, readings, discussions and debates by Javed Akhtar, Piyush Mishra, Prathibha Nandakumar, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Kutti Revathi, Varun Gandhi, Teejan Bai and many others.

Subodh and Lakshmi, the founders of Atta Galatta – the Bookstore and Events Space, 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 the existing literary festival platforms.

So they, along with a core team of poets and poetry lovers, conceptualized BPF as a celebration of all things poetry. The festival aims to provide a space for verse to be engaged with — by poets, readers, performers and the audience — across forms, formats and languages. The festival will include poetry performances, talks on poetry and opportunities to learn through workshops and interactive sessions.

Festival Team

Shinie Antony – Festival Director
Shinie Antony has written short story collections The Orphanage for Words, Barefoot and Pregnant and novels When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied and A Kingdom for his Love. She has compiled the anthology Why We Don’t Talk. Co-founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Asia region prize in 2003 for her story A Dog’s Death. Her novel, The Girl Who Couldn’t Love, will be out later this year.

Amruta Dongray:
Armed with a Master’s degree in Sociology from the Bombay University, Amruta Dongray worked in the tourism industry for eight years. She considers herself an ‘accidental poet’. She started writing poetry in 2010. Her first book PASTPRESENT saw its release in 2013. Her second book is due for release this year.

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury
Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury is a poet and writer with two books to her credit – Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras (poetry) and Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinema’s First Couple (nonfiction), the latter shortlisted for the Crossword Award, nonfiction category in 2013. She is also the fiction and poetry editor of The Bengaluru Review, a literary magazine from Bengaluru.

Prashant Sankaran
Prashant Sankaran stepped off the hectic corporate treadmill after 25 years on it to mentor small entrepreneurs and serve on the advisory boards of a few not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. He also dabbles in photography, performing arts and filmmaking. He is currently working on his first book. He blogs at: Shoonyata.

Shikha Saklani Malaviya
Shikha Saklani Malaviya is a poet and writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota and India. The author of Geography of Tongues, she is also the co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a literary press. She calls both the San Francisco Bay area and Bengaluru home

Sourav Roy
Hindi Poet. Author of three books. Editor of Karnakavita, an anthology of Hindi poets based in Bengaluru, published by Atta Galatta. Translator of American historian Howard Zinn’s plays into Hindi, currently under publication. Researching Asian poetry and translating selected poets to Hindi. Editor at YourStory. Hindi Editor at Indiaree, a Kolkata-based multilingual literary magazine. Political columnist for the London-based NRI magazine, which dedicates itself to the vast majority of Indians living abroad.

Vikram Sridhar
Performance storyteller and theatre practitioner Vikram Sridhar believes in storytelling as a strong medium for conservation, which is highly relevant in the modern context. He combines his work and interest in theatre and conservation in his storytelling. He is the co-founder of Tahatto, a Bengaluru-based theatre entity and Around The Story Tree is his initiative to connect the modern-day listener to the environment around through the power of stories through arts.

Subodh Sankar and Lakshmi Subodh
Subodh and Lakshmi are co-founders of Atta Galatta, a Bengaluru-based bookstore with a focus on Indian, vernacular writing and is a venue for literary, art and cultural events.

Since its inception four years ago, the bookstore has hosted over 1200 events, including book launches, poetry readings, theatre performances, art shows, screenings, storytelling sessions and workshops.

The bookstore has partnered with festivals such as the Bangalore Literature Festival and the Lekhana Writers Festival as the official bookstore.

Atta Galatta has partnered with the Bangalore Literature Festival to present The Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize in three categories – Fiction English, Non-Fiction English and Literary Achievement in Kannada. The annual prize carries a cash component of Rs. 2 lakhs and a specially commissioned trophy.


The programming of the 2nd edition of Bengaluru Poetry Festival (BPF) includes an interesting mix of poetry performances, discussions about poetry and opportunities to learn through workshops and interactive sessions.

Festival Director Shinie Antony says: ‘It is poetry season once more the weather in Bengaluru is just right for cozy verse sessions. So take a deep breath and come listen to sonneteers and balladeers from simply everywhere.’

The list of poets, musicians and music makers that have confirmed to perform include (in alphabetical order)

Amit Chaudhari, Nadir Godrej, Amjad Ali Khan, Nia Davies, Arjun Rajendran, Niranjan Iyengar, Arun Kamal, Padmavati Rao, Ashok Vajpeyi, Pavan Varma, Ayaz Rasool Nazki, Prathibha Nandakumar, Barnali Ray Shukla, Punam Chadha Joseph,
Chandrashkhara Kambar, Ranjit Hoskote, Edwin Malachi Vethamani, Rochelle D’Silva, Girish Karnad, Rochelle Potkar, Gulzar, Rohan Chettri, Guru Ladakhi, Ruchita Kazaria, Jahnavi Barua, Saira Shah Halim, Jamuna Rao, Salma, Jayanta Mahapatra, Samantak Bhadra, Jerry Pinto, Savita Singh, Lovely Goswami, Shalim Hussein, M.R Kamala, Sourav Roy, Maitreyee B Chowdhury, Sudeep Sen, Mani Rao, Sumana Roy, Margaret Mascarenhas, Surajit Borooah, Medha Singh, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Nabanita Kanungo, Viky Arya.

Opportunities to interact with poetry publishers and editors such as
Ananda Lal, R. Padmanabhan Nair, Sandeep Bhutoria,

Interesting opportunities to learn from workshops
Discovering your Own Poetics – A Poetry Appreciation Workshop by Mani Rao
Shabd – A Workshop by award winning Hindi Poet and Essayist Arun Kamal
Poem Vs. Song Workshop – By wellknown screen and song writer Niranjan Iyengar
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop by Rochelle D’Silva

For Children
Riddles in Verse by Ankit Chadda (Ages 8 +)
Discover The Poet In You – Writing Workshop by Ameen Haque (Ages 9 to 14yrs)
Performing poetry for children by Ajey Preetham (Ages 8+)
Poetic treaure hunt (Ages 5+)
Chham, Chham, Chham..- Folktales and Rhymes from India (Ages 5+)
Bhaktas of Bharatadesa – Poets of karnataka and their lives (Ages 5+)

Each day’s programmes will end with artistic performances
An evening of Mystic Poetry by Smita Bellur and group
A performance by Mame Khan and group

Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2017 on 5th and 6th August 2017

The Leela Palace,
Old Airport Road,

For registrations visit:
Entry is free to the festival

Workshop on Acting by Joseph Ninasam.

Ranga Chakra will be organising Workshop on Acting by Joseph Ninasam

Topics covered in the Acting Workshop
Different Body Languages | Voice culture | Effective dialogue delivery | Development of Verbal and Non-Verbal communication skills | Various Expressions | Improve imagination | Creativity | Understanding Characters | Action and Re-Action | Improvisation

Dates of the Workshop: 5th and 6th August

Reserve your seats on BookMyShow:
for details contact Ranga Chakra 9844066120

Exhibition of a collection by ANKA.

Exhibition of a collection by ANKA at Kamalini, the craft store
by Crafts Council of Karnataka.

Anka is a contemporary retelling of the traditional cream and gold weaves of Kerala. They experiment with texture and pattern to position the timeless in a dynamic new market. Their muse is – modern Kerala which is serene, yet vibrant. Kerala has been long associated with a simple elegance that Anka has embraced in their design.

With a workforce of over hundred and fifty, Anka is an endeavour to revive and sustain the weaving communities of Balaramapuram. A self-taught designer, Usha Devi has a mastery over texture and pattern that posits the timeless in a dynamic new market.

Anka is the culmination of Usha Devi Balakrishnan’s lifelong passion for handloom and textiles. She retired from public service in April 2017 after a highly successful and accomplished thirty-five year run. After her stint as Regional Director of the internationally acclaimed Kudumbashree project (a government initiative that sought to help communities living below the poverty line become financially independent by forming self-help groups) she was inspired to start Anka. It is an effort to revive and sustain the weaving communities of Balaramapuram. Usha has also drawn from her experience as Managing Director of the state run, Serifed and most recently KTDFC (Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation) to set up processes that take the design seamlessly through execution and quality control.

Kamalini the craft store This craft store was started way back in 2006 to show case the products developed by the council in liaison with the local craftspersons. The main objective of the store is to provide a platform for the artisan to display and thereby sell their products. The crafts of Karnataka like. Chennapatna toys and lifestyle items, ganjifa art , stone ware from halebeedu , kinhale wood products , bidri ware, brassware,puppets and chittara art were the main focus. The store also support products of artisans from other states like kondapalli crafts, Kalamkari and leather puppets from andhra, chettinad baskets from Tamilnadu, bamboo baskets from Assam, metal crafts from Jaipur and UP and various life. Style accessories from all over India .

28th and 29th July 2017 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM | Sunday Holiday

Kamalini, the craft store
# 37, Sri Bhooma,
17th Cross, Malleshwaram,

Bharatiyaalaya – National Cultural Festival.

Bharatiyaalaya – National Cultural Festival to commemorate Dr.Kanhaiyalal Maniklal Munshi.
organised by
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Dr.K.M.Munshi Institute of Art and Culture,
Atmalaya Academy of Art and Culture
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Bengaluru.

Morning Session:
Inauguration by Sri.P.Venugopal
followed by
Thematic Dance on Munshiji’s novel by Bhavya V, Vaishali S, Anitha, Jyoti and Aditi
Public speaking contests for school on the Life, Writings and Message of Munshi.
Dance Performance – Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam by G.Santoshi Harini and G.Radha Sivani, Telangana

Evening Session:
Cultural Performance – Bharatanatyam
Radha Kalpa Dance School, Bengaluru
Ms.Aishwarya Natarajan, Delhi
Mr.Ujwal and Ms.Revathi, Bengaluru

Award Function
Guru G.Karunambal memorial award
to Bharatanatyam Guru, Karnataka Kalashri Smt.Krishnaveni.

Smt.Shantha and Justice Jagannatha Shetty memorial award to Yakshagana Kalavidaru, Shri Dayananda Nagoor.

Chakyar Koothu Rajan memorial award to Bharatanatyam Guru.Kalamandalam P.N.Rugmini.

Prize Distribution to school students and address by Chief Guest Dr.Justice Vineet Kothari. Judge, Karnataka High court.
Guest of Honor Guru.Smt.Radha Sridhar Karnataka Kalatilaka Shantala Awardee.

Thematic presentations based on Munshi’s novels
Jaya Somnath- Dr.Padmaja Suresh, Bengaluru.
Lomaharshini – Smt.Revati Srinivasraghavan, Mumbai.
Odissi – Ms.Shaili Chatterjee and Ms.Isha Das, Noida.
Kathak – Soma Ghosh, Kolkatta.
Mohiniattam – Dr.Rekha Raju and team, Bengaluru
Krishnavatara – The Magic Flute based on Munshi’s novel – Namita Bodaji, Mumbai.

Anchors:Dr.Arti Jagannathan and Ms.Nishta Paul.

on Saturday | 29th July 2018 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Khincha Auditorium,
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Race Course Road,

“Celestial Events Records in Stone Inscriptions” a Lecture

“Celestial Events Records in Stone Inscriptions”
Lecture by Dr. B.S. Shylaja Visiting Scientist Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
organised by
Indian Council of Historical Research Southern Regional Centre, Bengaluru is organising  a Lecture titled “Celestial Events Records in Stone Inscriptions”

Presided over by Sri K. R. Ganesh Writer and Epigraphist, Bengaluru

Lecture Series Programme on 28th July 2017 | 4.30 PM

ICHR, Southern Regional Centre,
Law College Premises,
1, Palace Road,
(Mysore Bank Circle),

Hi Life Exhibition.

Hi Life Exhibition

Fanfare of Elegance and Panache. Take in the grandiose of a splendid array in fashion. Be it wedding ensembles or ethnic designs. Apparels and accessoreis. And even jewellery, home decor and gifting ideas. There’s a plethora to explore here.

Over 350 designers participating from 27th, 28th and 29th July 2017 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM #HiLife #Exhibition

The Lalit Ashok,
Kumara Krupa Road,

Screening of “The Edge of Heaven”

Screening of “The Edge of Heaven”
Directed by Fatih Akin

Fifth film under the series Screening of Immigration Movie Series organised by Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative)

About the film:
Fatih Akin, the Turkish-German director, stunned the world with Head-On (2005), his movie about the alienation felt by ethnic Turks in Germany. IN this powerful follow-up, he once again explores the gaps in translation that define the relationship between Germany and Turkey. Through a tale of cross-migration and generational conflict, this moving film explores connections that bind lives despite the divisions of culture, religion and nationality.

Country: Germany
Year: 2008
Duration of the film: 122 Minutes
Language: German and Turkish with English subtitles.

Film Screening on Wednesday | 26th July 2017 | 6.00 PM.

Bangaore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Stage,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

Enquiry: 98865 99675.