26 poets, three book launches and a poetry slam contest. Poetry with Prakriti Festival is back
It’s different yet the same, says Ranvir Shah, about the ninth edition of the Poetry with Prakriti Festival. With 26 eminent and emerging poets participating, there will be readings, book launches and contests. “We have a lot of interesting poets, especially senior poets like Keki Daruwalla and Charles Stein from the US. We are also doing three book launches, with Sudeep Sen, Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Anupama Raju,” says the founder of the Prakriti Foundation, adding, “The festival has grown, with more people attending and, in its ninth year, I believe we’ve got somewhere—where poetry is being absorbed by the city in different ways and different voices.”
Look forward to the Poetry Slam, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise, which is open to students between 14-18 years (December 10), and the Poetry Contest (in English, it is open to all above 16 and the last date for submissions is December 11). Nine poets—part of the Goethe Institut’s ‘Poets Translating Poets’ project—will also be participating. We talk to two poets who will be presenting two starkly different work.
Priya Sarukkai Chabria
The Mumbai-based poet will be launching her book, The Autobiography of a Goddess Andal. “I am happy to be bringing my Andal to the land of Andal,” she says of the work co-authored with US-based poet Ravi Shankar. The book of translations of the mystic poet’s works is not “scholarly or pedantic; it is a poet looking at a greater poet’s work,” she shares, adding that the verse is very contemporary and relatable.
The city-based transgender poet will be reading from her new book of poetry, Kuri Aruthean, that was launched this January. “It’s a poetic account of my journey as a transgender woman—the pain of being myself, and the anger, deception, love and fear I see around me,” she says, adding that her reading will concentrate on themes of identity, love and acceptance.
December 2-11. Across multiple venues. Details: prakritifoundation.com
—Surya P Kumar