Over the last 310+ Weeks, “Tuesdays with the Bard @ Urban Solace” poets have wrung tears of joy, nods of recognition, fleeting smiles, happy applause, wistful memories ... and several unforgettable poems.
This week "Tuesdays with the Bard @ Urban Solace" celebrates its 313th Edition of "Poetry from the Heart" with a special 2nd Edition for International Men's Day with a lineup of 11 of the most prolific male poets in Bangalore in an evening of celebration and great poetry.
On its official website, the event states that the day is a “focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models” The overall theme for the year 2019 is "Men Leading by Example"
Host for the evening: Pramod Shankar
Pramod Shankar has been writing poetry for over 30 years. His book, 'From The Terrace' was published by Writers Workshop, Calcutta, in 2000.
Pramod's poetry has appeared in publications by The Poetry Society- India, The British High Commission In India, The Journal of Literature & Aesthetics. He has also authored a book of non-fiction, 'The Power of Positive Healing' and maintains a poetry-and-photography blog
Currently, Pramod runs The Story Loft, an organization that leverages the power of storytelling for communications, performances and training. He organizes a periodic poetry meet-up, called 'Poetry With Zac', which is chaired by his Cocker-Spaniel called - you guessed it - Zac. Pramod is also a founder-member of the poetry-and-music band, The Rickshaw Muse.
Father of two, Pramod lives in Bangalore with his wife (a chef), son and Zac.
I plan weekends at work and worry about schedules on my vacation. I sniff petrol while refuelling my bike, now why would I not enjoy the ride? Work! I feel like a gymnast in golf clothes. My Monday Blues! They are almost as black as my lungs. Oh, love! You may know one but can you tell them all. I seem to wait for the company with a pocket full of friends. I chase life while it chases me.
Awestruck as he is by the nature of creative expression, Pradeep Dharmapalan sees himself more as a conduit for, rather than a creator of, poetry.
As a self-proclaimed navel-gazer, his poems tend to focus on everyday events that expand from personal observations into universal themes.
Not one to be hemmed by concerns for form or propriety, he uses both rhyme and blank verse with unself-conscious verve and clearly discernible joy.
Having finally hung up his corporate boots, he is in the process of settling in the hills of Wayanad, on the edge of the vibrant forest, where he intends to add to his published work and follow his many muses in all the directions they take him.
Navoneil Bhattacharyya writes and performs page and spoken word poetry, enjoys writing short and long prose fiction, and performs in scripted, devised and playback theatre productions.
Navoneil believes in the power of art to express nuanced and unpalatable truths, and in the process help build bridges across peoples through empathetic honesty. Accordingly, while he delights in experimenting with genres and styles, Navoneil often focuses on subjects rooted in the society around him that move him deeply.
Over the years, Navoneil has had several of his poems published in both offline and online magazines and anthologies in India, the UK and the US. His work is available on Instagram, Facebook and his website.
Malcolm Carvalho is a writer of poetry, fiction and code. He stumbled into poetry in his late teens when he had a rush of words in his head and saw a blank sheet of paper expectantly looking at him. His early poetic influences were the lyrical Pink Floyd, Creed, and later the surreal Pablo Neruda. Accordingly, his poems have progressed from being cynical to angsty to romantically surreal in that order, or so he thinks.
Almost twenty years on, Malcolm now writes primarily because he likes to write and loves the sound of words. In his poems, he finds an outlet for his musings about Mumbai, the city of his origin, and Bangalore, the place he now calls home. Delving across genres and styles, he has recently been writing poems with social commentary.
Malcolm also performs improv with ICB and is currently writing a sci-fi novel based on one of his short stories. He has published his poetry and fiction in several journals including Muse India, Spark, 365tomorrows and Literary Yard.
Nithin Jacob, known by his pen name NJ has published 9 books globally. His upcoming novel 'Trance" and the add on the book "Let's Trance" will be released soon. The official launch of the video track of the novel took place at "Urban Solace" last month. He believes in humanity and strongly feels that love in each of us can light up this dark globe.
Mehul is a software developer who actively participates in the strengthening of the Hemophilia community in India. Writing is his way to express emotions and charter the depths of his mind to quench his thirst for intellectual curiosity.
Poetry to him is like a dance of words.
Stephen Deepak is a poet at heart who loves all things bright and beautiful. He is a Management professor teaching the nuances of Business and Entrepreneurship. He has a collection of more than a 100 poems in English and Kannada and has written lyrics for a few songs. He has been writing poetry since 1997 and has touched upon various themes that often question the hypocrisy and superficiality in life. His themes stroke the reader to dwell on self-realization and connect with nature and its creator. He loves his job and adores his family, and believes that every life has a purpose and is a divine attribute and manifestation of God.
Samantak Bhadra's poems and reviews have been published in 25+ magazines and anthologies across the world like Rain Taxi, The Missing Slate, 40 Under 40, Recours au Poème, Knot Magazine and Taj Mahal Review among others. He is a TEDx speaker and has been a journalist, an entrepreneur, a software engineer, a soft skills trainer, a sales and marketing manager and a CSR professional. He is a Millennium Fellow and has been conducting poetry sessions in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai since 2014. He is also the founder of the sound which conducts poetry and music events and workshops.
Prashant Sankaran stepped off his successful corporate career to follow his passion for Entrepreneurship and Arts. He mentors early-stage start-ups at the Entrepreneur Development Cell of IIM-Bangalore and is a Director on the Board of Interweave Consulting and a few social sector Institutions. His artistic expression is through minimalistic forms of fiction, poetry and street photography. An exhibition featuring his work of photos-embedded-with-haikus on the theme of urban life was presented by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements last year. He is also part of the founding team of the annual Bangalore Poetry Festival, one of the larger literary events in India.
Jeremy has always found a comfortable satisfaction in the written word and has only recently discovered the pleasure of performing the same.
He is a theatre facilitator–at Oasis International School–by day and tries his best to stay in character most other times. In his free time, he enjoys reading a good book, writing, or playing the guitar. Now, he runs a theatre company, JJ Theatric, where children are trained in all things theatre.
In essence, he'd say theatre is his profession, and teaching is his hobby. Poetry is a muse close to his heart, as he tends to write from very personal spaces. His poetry does seem to gravitate towards the themes of growing up, children, education, society, love, and the supernatural. As from a theatrical background, Jeremy enjoys adding the dramatic element in performing his poetry.
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