In Ban­dra, a 3-day fest to raise a toast to po­etry

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mumbai: If you thought po­etry has lost its ap­peal, do visit the Le Su­tra Ban­dra Lit­er­a­ture & Po­etry Fes­ti­val from Jan­uary 19 to 21. Sup­ported by Cel­e­brate Ban­dra Trust, the fes­ti­val brings to­gether over 50 award-win­ning po­ets, film-mak­ers, dancers to cel­e­brate the arts.

The fes­ti­val will be held at two venues — Le Su­tra at Union Park and St Pauls In­sti­tute of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from 10 am to 8.30 pm.

“The ba­sic idea is to show­case po­etry but through a multi-dis­ci­plinary ap­proach which in­volves dance, drama, work­shops and po­etry read­ing,” said poet and critic Jennifer Robert­son who has also cu­rated the fes­ti­val. “We want to make po­etry ap­peal­ing and en­able po­etry to at­tract read­ers and con­nois­seurs. The whole ef­fort is aimed at cel­e­brat­ing po­etry and its beauty,” she added.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing po­et­slit­ter­a­teurs in­clude Ran­jit Hoskote, Sri­dala Swami, Sudeep Sen, Sam­purna Chat­tarji, Anu­pama Raju, Shikha Sak­lani Malviya, Mi­hir Vatsa, Dion D’Souza, Linda Ashok, Tanuj Solanki, Sharon Irani and Ur­vashi Bahuguna. Lead­ing spo­ken word po­ets Rochelle D’Silva and Ankita Shah will be in conversati­on with critic Aditya Mani Jha and poet Ar­jun Ra­jen­dran, film­mak­ers Devashish Makhija, Bar­nali Ray Shukla, Daraab Fa­rooqui will rub shoul­ders with po­et­sMi­hir Vatsa, Manik Sharma and Se­meen Ali.

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