Poetry with Prakriti Festival (2017)

About The Festival

‘Poetry with Prakriti’ is an annual festival featuring eminent and emerging poets, each presenting four different readings of their poems to small, intimate audiences at several venues across the city – schools, colleges, cafes, IT parks, green public parks, shops, galleries, boutiques, banks and other commercial establishments. The festival is scheduled everywhere, to coincide with the famed ‘Chennai Season’.

Poetry with Prakriti Festival LogoThe aim of the Poetry with Prakriti festival is to get poets from varied backgrounds to read and share their poetry in various languages at different locations across the city. This allows multiple groups of people to enjoy creative expression rendered through poetry.

Over the years, we have presented 200 poets from across India, and from countries such as Spain, France, Canada, U.K, Denmark, Switzerland and the U.S.A.

This year’s festival features poets such as Allan Sealy, Jayanta Mahapatra, Brian Turner, Erik Lindner, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Ashwani Kumar, Ramu Ramanathan, Perumal Murugan, Anand Thakore, Saima Afreen, Navkirat Sodhi, Sonnet Mondal, Renuka Narayanan, Sharanya Manivannan, Parvathi Nayar, Ajinkya, Poorna Swami and Ishvar Krishnan.  The festival also includes performances by various artistes like TM Krishna, Archana Venkatesan, Sikkil Gurucharan and Sofia Ashraf. We are also presenting the ensemble Akadêmia, in association with Bonjour India.

Venue Partners: The Brew Room, Writers Cafe, Secret Society Bar and Wandering Artist.

Photo Blogging Partner: Madras Photo Bloggers

Annual Sponsors: Axis Bank (Mutual Funds) and L&T Financial Services (Mutual Funds)

Entry to all performances are by registration only. Call or WhatsApp 7338733190.


Schedule

The two week long festival starts from  3rd December, 2017 and concludes on 17th December, 2017. For further details regarding the venue, time and synopsis on each day, kindly select the date from the drop-down menu.


03-12-2017

Performance - A Poet & A Musician by Perumal Murugan & T M Krishna.
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: TAG Center

An evening of poetry reading by Perumal Murugan along with a Carnatic music performance of his poems, by vocalist TM Krishna.


04-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:30 AM Venue: Ethiraj College for Women

Reading by Navkirat Sodhi and Ishvar Krishnan


04-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: SDNB Vaishnav College for Women

Reading by Sonnet Mondal, Erik Lindner and Brian Turner


04-12-2017

Poetry Readings in General Venue
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Amdavadi

Reading by Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Sonnet Mondal, Erik Lindner & Brian Turner.


05-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 08:30 AM Venue: Kalakshetra

Reading by Ashwani Kumar, Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Navkirat Sodhi


05-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:00 PM Venue: Ethiraj College for Women

Reading by Sonnet Mondal, Erik Lindner and Brian Turner


05-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:00 AM Venue: MGR Janaki College for Women

Reading by Ashwani Kumar and Navkirat Sodhi


05-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:30 AM Venue: Anna Adarsh College for Women

Reading by Sonnet Mondal, Erik Lindner and Brian Turner


05-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 12:00 PM Venue: SDNB Vaishnav College

Reading by Priya Sarukkai Chabria


05-12-2017

Poetry Readings in General Venue
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Writer's Cafe

Reading by Navkirat Sodhi, Ashwani Kumar & Ishvar Krishnan.


06-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 08:30 AM Venue: Kalakshetra

Reading by Sonnet Mondal, Erik Lindner and Brian Turner


06-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:00 AM Venue: Stella Maris College for Women

Reading by Priya Sarukkai Chabria


06-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: SDNB Vaishnav College for Women

Reading by Ashwani Kumar and Ajinkya


06-12-2017

Poetry Reading
Time: 11:00 AM Venue: Women's Christian College

Reading by Sonnet Mondal, Erik Lindner and Brian Turner


07-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:00 AM Venue: MGR Janaki College for Women

Reading by Ajinkya and Ishvar Krishnan


07-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: Women's Christian College

Reading by Saima Afreen and Poorna Swami


07-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 12:00 PM Venue: Madras Christian College

Reading by Ajinkya, Ishvar Krishnan and Parvathi Nayar


07-12-2017

Poetry Readings in General Venue
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: The Brew Room, Besant Nagar

Reading by Ajinkya, Saima Afreen, Poorna Swami and Parvathi Nayar.


08-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:00 AM Venue: Ethiraj College for Women

Reading by Saima Afreen and Poorna Swami


08-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:30 AM Venue: Anna Adarsh College for Women

Reading by Saima Afreen and Poorna Swami


08-12-2017

Book Launch
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Amdavadi

The launch of the book 'The Altar of the Only World' by Sharanya Manivannan.


11-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:00 AM Venue: MOP Vaishnav College for Women

Reading by Perumal Murugan


11-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: MGR Janaki College

Reading by Renuka Narayanan and Parvathi Nayar


11-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: Madras Christian College

Reading by Allan Sealy and Ramu Ramanathan


11-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: SDNB Vaishnav College for Women

Reading by Jayanta Mahapatra and Anand Thakore


11-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:30 AM Venue: University of Madras

Reading by Perumal Murugan


11-12-2017

Poetry Readings in General Venue
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Amdavadi

Reading by Allan Sealy & Jayanta Mahapatra.


09-12-2017

Peformance – Rhyme and Reason by Sophia Ashraf.
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Secret Society Bar

Rhyme and Reason is a slam-poetry and rap performance where Sofia will rap her heart out on a range of topics from patriarchy, neurodiversity to corporate hate politics.


10-12-2017

Peformance – Rhyme and Reason by Sophia Ashraf.
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: Phoenix Market City (subject to change)

Rhyme and Reason is a slam-poetry and rap performance where Sofia will rap her heart out on a range of topics from patriarchy, neurodiversity to corporate hate politics.


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:00 AM Venue: MGR Janaki College for Women

Reading by Perumal Murugan


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:30 AM Venue: MOP Vaishnav College for Women

Reading by Jayanta Mahapatra and Ramu Ramanathan


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:30 AM Venue: Anna Adarsh College for Women

Reading by Allan Sealy and Anand Thakore


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: Madras Christian College

Reading by Sharanya Manivannan and Renuka Narayanan


12-12-2017

Poetry Reading
Time: 11:30 AM Venue: Women's Christian College

Reading by Jayanta Mahapatra and Ramu Ramanathan


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:30 AM Venue: Stella Maris College for Women

Reading by Perumal Murugan


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 12:00 PM Venue: University of Madras

Reading by Allan Sealy and Anand Thakore


12-12-2017

Poetry Readings in General Venue
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Wandering Artist

Reading by Anand Thakore, Ramu Ramanathan and Renuka Narayanan.


13-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:00 AM Venue: Ethiraj College for Women

Reading by Allan Sealy and Sharanya Manivannan


13-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 09:30 AM Venue: Anna Adarsh College for Women

Reading by Jayanta Mahapatra and Parvathi Nayar


13-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 10:00 AM Venue: SDNB Vaishnav College for Women

Reading by Perumal Murugan and Renuka Narayanan


13-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 11:30 AM Venue: Stella Maris College for Women

Reading by Allan Sealy


13-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 12:00 PM Venue: University of Madras

Reading by Jayanta Mahapatra and Ishvar Krishnan


13-12-2017

Poetry Readings
Time: 03:00 PM Venue: Anna Adarsh College for Women

Reading by Perumal Murugan


16-12-2017

Performance - Lullabies and Laments: Experiments in Music and Poetry by Sikkil Gurucharan and Archana Venkatesan.
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: TAG Centre

Lullabies and Laments is an experiment on translation, in translation, of a translation process informed by Indic reading, interpretive and performative practices. Contrary to most translation practice, which fixes the text, in our performance, it is rendered fluid, flexible, supple—words can be split, rearranged, excised, built upon. Our translation today moves between melody and word, between Tamil and English, and is guided by dialog and improvisation. The performance brings together a male and female voice to explore how male poets use the female voice and female genres such as laments and lullabies, to speak of love, longing, desire and devotion.


17-12-2017

Performance - Songs of the Heart: Profane Love / Sacred Love by Akadêmia.
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: Alliance Francaise of Madras

Songs of Heart is a dialogue between Western Renaissance Music and Indian Classical Poetry on Love, Sacred or Profane.


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