How would you like to indulge in the love of poems? No stress but would you love to sit under the open sky on green grass and get lost in wonderment?
Started out last February, Poetry and Story-Telling session is held once a month most likely on the second Friday, when the feel of the weekend has begun. Students of IISc organized the 11th edition at Choksi Hall, IISc on 23rd December, 2016. The 2-hour informal poetry session is open to everybody including the staff and faculty of the institute. With no boundaries, participants are allowed to perform poetry in any language they are comfortable with and can recite other famous works as well. “We would love to expand and continue this activity to encourage people,” says Amit, one of the facilitators of the event.
Aparna is a student of PhD at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). “This is my first time here at Poetry and Story-Telling session. My second poem ‘Reality’ was a personal experience I had just scribbled down on my research paper,” says Aparna. “Reality has a way of whopping itself as it goes, so just learn how to let it be,” she added. She also recited two of her other own works including one simply titled ‘Hamara Phasana’ , meaning our bait. Subramanya, a poet well-versed in Kannada translated a short poem of his own ‘Dreams’ into English to help the audience understand his message. “I am also working on a poem for my short movie because the ways I see it, pictures and poetry together form something extraordinary,” says Subramanya. He also gave a brief insight of Avadhanam, an improvisational literary performance in Sanskrit that originated in ancient India.
To know the mellow side of our city, there is no better person to interact with other than Julia Bharathi. “I would like to share the history of poetry born in our city with D.V Gundappa and his work ‘Mankuthimmana Kagga’,” says Julia. She also performed one of her own works named ‘House without a Mirror’ following the concept of the reflection of oneself. “I feel life there,” says Julia about some of the oldest places in the city such as Malleswaram and Basavanagudi and theatre performance halls such as Kala Soudha, Ranga Shankara and Ravindra Kalakshetra.There were regular participants and also new comers at the event to share their inspiration and express their experiences through the love of writing. Join the community and make sure you are there for the next Poetry and Story-Telling session Anniversary edition next month!
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