KitabKhana to host four-day Poetry Programme for 100 Thousand Poets for Change between 25th to 28th September, 2014

25-Sep-2014
5:30 for 25-27/9/14
KitabKhana

Dear Readers,
 
As the global movement, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, enters its fourth year, Mumbai joins in the celebrations with a four-day poetry festival at Kitab Khana, the well-known book store at Flora Fountain in South Mumbai. This is the third time that Kitab Khana will be hosting the festival, and the fourth time that Mumbai will be participating in this worldwide initiative.
 
The event, curated by Menka Shivdasani, takes place between September 25 and 28, 2014, with live music performances and readings on the first three days (5.45 p.m.-- 7.30 p.m), and a special programme for children on Sunday morning (10.30 a.m – 1.00 p.m.) coordinated by Mrs Rati Dady Wadia, with participation by children across city schools and organisations like The Writer's Bug. The music performances are being held in association with National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA), a non-profit initiative to revive a culture of public performances and support the livelihoods of artistes.
 
“It's a pleasure as always to host '100 Thousand Poet for Change', says Mrs Amrita Somaiya, Director, Kitab Khana.  “The world needs more initiatives like this to promote harmony and quality between different religions and cultures, to show that the heartbeats are same across the world. KitabKhana has become a place for literary interactions and community gathering.We are happy to host such events.”
 
On September 25 (5.45 p.m -7.30 p,m.), the inaugural day, Uttarakhandi Lok Geet singer Suresh Kala will perform with Avinash Lamba on the dholak. Neela Bhagwat, a Hindustani musician of the Gwalior gharana and author of a book of poems in Marathi, Tihai, will read her poems in this session, along with Marathi poet Mangesh Kale and Ignatius Dias. Udayan Thakker and Mehul Devkala will read their poems in Gujarati; there will also be readings from the works of late Ali Sardar Jafri.
 
On September 26 (5.45 p.m – 7.30 p,m.),  Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women (SPARROW), whose director is Tamil writer C S Lakshmi aka Ambai,  will launch the fourth volume of a five-volume series featuring 87 women writers from 23 Indian languages. The book, If the Roof Leaks, Let it Leak, edited by Menka Shivdasani, will be released by Odissi dance exponent Jhelum Paranjape. Readings by Indira Shabnam, Sudha Arora, Puthiyamaadhavi Sankaran and Tulasi Venugopal will follow. Singer Suvarna Salve, accompanied by dafli player Sagar Bhalerao, will add a special spark to the proceedings with a performance of progressive protest music. 
 
On September 27 (5.45 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.), the evening begins with a performance by Carnatic violinist Mukund Ramaswamy, Western classical violinist Roger Mendonca, and folk guitarist Rohit Astekar; poets participating in this session include Anand Thakore, Jennifer Robertson, Raamesh Gowri Raghavan, Sarabjeet Garcha, Akil Contractor, Ajit Dayal and Vinita Agrawal.
 
On the final day, Sunday, September 28 (10.30 a.m.-- 1.00 p.m), children from several city schools and writers' organisations, will get together in a special programme, 'We are the World', conducted by Mrs Rati Dady Wadia, a well-known educationist and former principal of Queen Mary School. Participants include students from Activity High School, Arya Vidya Mandir (Bandra), Bombay International School, Campion School, G.D. Somani School, Gopi Birla School, J.B. Petit High School for Girls, St. Anne's High School, Dadar Parsi Youth Assembly, St. Mary's School (ICSE), The Writer's Bug and Urmila Ramakrishnan's Creative Writing Class.
 
100 Thousand Poets for Change was founded by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in the United States in 2011  as a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. An event that began primarily with poet organizers, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has grown into an interdisciplinary coalition with year-round events which includes musicians, dancers, mimes, painters and photographers from around the world. In the inaugural year, 700 poetry-related events took place globally on a single day; this year's Global Event Day is September 27, 2014, and representatives from close to 100 
countries are expected to participate.
 
 
For further details, contact:
Menka Shivdasani,                                                                                         
Curator,                                                                    
100 Thousand Poets for Change, Mumbai                
menka.shivdasani@gmail.com   
Mob: 9820101507                                                               
 
Rukhsar Lokhandwala,
Event and Communication Officer,
Kitab Khana.
lokhandwala.rukhsar@somaiya.com 
022 – 61702276/ 77/78/ 79

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