Wednesday, 11 February 2009

See The Words Dance At Literature Festival at KGAF

I would have loved to attend KGAF everyday, (I did that last year) but this year, my priorities have changed and I am really tied down by other obligations. But one event that I would not want to miss this year is the ‘Poetry Slam’ (that I had enjoyed it thoroughly last year). The Slam made its debut in KGAF in 2007 and there was much enjoyment from the audience and the participants. And since my friends were also participating in the slam last year, I wanted to attend till the last hour.

What I like about this slam is the way the poets perform their poetry. You see the participants shouting, reading, reciting using gestures, walking jumping; singing and some even use musical instruments. The participants are judged on both the quality of the words they perform and the performance itself.

There is a theme chosen for the slam on which the poets are asked to perform in 2 minutes slot. This year’s theme is Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winners are announced at the end of the competition and the best performers go home with prized money in Rs3000, Rs2000 and Rs1000 as first, second and third prize respectively.

This event will be held at 6:10 p.m., 15th February, 2009, at the David Sassoon Library Garden

During KGAF many of the literature events are held at David Sassoon Library .

Some of the interesting events are as follows:.

February 12th 2009

5pm to 6pm

Book Launch(The Rozabal Line, a bestselling debut novel by Ashwin Sanghi, will be launched at Kalaghoda. Anish Trivedi will be in conversation with the author.)

6:10pm to 8:20pm

Gazal Sandhya (A multilingual gathering of poets who write Gazals, cutting across language abrriers)

8:30pm to 9:30pm

Samakaleen Hindi Kavita

February 13th 2009

5pm to 6pm

Impact of Globalization on Marathi poetry (a panel discussion on how Marathi poets and their perspectives have been influenced by post-globalization order, and how this has changed their work

6:0pm to 7:10pm

Fresh off the shelf-New books, new authors Part 2

7:20 pm to 8:20pm

Gallerie magazine will launch its new, special issue on Afghanistan

8:30pm to 9:30pm

Interrogating life-Playwrights talk about engaging with past and present issues

February 14th 2009

5pm to 6pm

An evening of Contemporary Marathi Poetry, organized by Abhidhanantar and Poetrywala

6:10pm to 7:10pm

Ganesh Dev- In Conversation (Renowned literary critic and activist Ganesh Devy will be in conversation with Dr Dilip Zaveri. Dr Devy is the founder of Bhasha, an institute for research into tribal languages and culture. He has been awarded by the Sahitya Akademi for 'After Amnesia' and is a recipient of the Prince Claus Award for his contribution to the conservation of the history and literature of oppressed communities in Gujarat.)

720pm to 8:20pm

A panel discussion about how writers have dealt with terror and conflict in their work.

8:30pm to 9:30pm

Writing for a Better World- A discussion of an activist literature which focuses on contemporary social, economic or ecological concerns
There will be slots of ten minutes during each session during which there will be open house.

Are you going??????? 15th February is the last day of this festival...... Hmmmn!!!

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