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Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 11 Apr 2021

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Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Rochelle Potkar will talk about her new book, Bombay Hangovers – a collection of 16 short stories around caste, class, and religion of characters in Mumbai. Rochelle’s foray into prose is an exploration of the constellations of chaos, from which she draws culminations of clarity. The narrative bridges of Bombay’s addas, gulleys, and nukkads sharpen under her tender poetic gaze, as she fleshes out motivations and life arcs of her characters. This conversational foray will also cover her exemplary work as a poet, her ventures into screenwriting and the questions that drive her art. This, amid a volley of experiential exchange between Rochelle and Yumna on the wonders of the narratorial and curatorial powers of art.

This session is part of a series of talks with ArtMantram Trust, Art ki Manzil, that spotlight artists, dancers, writers and their ilk, who are blazing paths of creative ferocity.

Speakers

Rochelle Potkar

Author
Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017).  She is the author of Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum – shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020. Her poetry film Skirt showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Her poems To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018.  As critic, her reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian LiteratureAsian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. Widely-anthologized, she has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Macao, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, and the Gold Coast, Australia. Her short story collection Bombay Hangovers has just released. Her first screenplay ‘A Brown coat’ was a semi-finalist at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting competition 2020.

Yumna Hari Singh

Interlocutor
Yumna Hari Singh Jawa is a Founding Trustee, and Vice President of ArtMantram, a Trust promoting the Arts. She curated the Glass House Festival, Poetry from around the World in 2020. She has volunteered with the ArtMantram organisation since 1999.