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Poet & Translator
Poet & Essayist
Poet & Translator
Poet, Writer & Translator
Actor & Writer

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 20 Apr 2024

Location

7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India

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Don Marquis said, “Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.”

Hashiye Ke Pare (Beyond the Margins), published by Atta Galatta is an anthology of Hindi-Urdu poems, written by poets residing in Bangalore. 32 poets have dropped 77 rose petals in this anthology, launched at the 2023 edition of the Bengaluru Poetry Festival. The anthology has been compiled and edited by Mohit Kataria, a published poet.

The poems fall into multiple categories where poets have reflected upon eternal questions of mankind including the meaning of life, existence, love and death. In these poems you’ll find many shades of love. There are questions raised in the softest of voices as well as with clenched fists in a manner only a poet can raise.

There is an equal representation of female poets in the anthology and in fact, each of the seven sections of the book start with a poem by a female poet. The cover is designed by an accomplished illustrator, Harsh Marathe and the sketches within the book are done by Anu Verma Kataria. This anthology is a continuation of the poetry published in the first of it’s kind anthology titled “Karn Kavita”, compiled and edited by poet Sourav Roy, published by Atta Galatta in 2016.

The idea of publishing Hindi-Urdu poetry, by poets residing in Bangalore, becomes reality only with the love of poetry, in its true sense, without limiting yourself to any one language. Since it’s release, poetry from “Hashiye ke Pare” has been presented in multiple forums such as the Bengaluru Poetry Festival, Atta Galatta and other venues across the city.

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Performers

Anshu Pitalia

Poet & Translator

Originally from Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh; Anshu is a software developer in Bangalore. She has been reading and writing poetry over the past few years. Translating poetry is her newfound passion.

Lovely Goswami

Poet & Essayist

A native of Dhanbad, Jharkhand; Lovely is a Hindi poet and writer-essayist who writes both in Hindi and English. Her collection of poems Udaasi Meri Matribhasha Hai was awarded the Kedarnath Singh Smriti Samman in 2022. Her recent novel, Vanika, a fantasy thriller, was published in 2023. Earlier in 2015, she had authored a book of essays on Indian myths. Her poems have been translated into numerous Indian and foreign languages. She lives in Bangalore and is a freelance writer.

Jaya Pathak Srinivasan

Artist

Jaya Srinivasan is a freelance artist by profession and uses abstract figurative form for most of her expressions. She is also a Kathak dancer and loves reading and writing poetry. Feminism, socio-political issues and finding contemporary and relevant expressions in mythology as well as folk art forms are recurring themes in her paintings and poems.

Gaurav B Gothi

Writer

Gaurav is an IT professional and also into creative writing since last 24 years. Majority of his work include different styles of Hindustani poetry. He is also into writing short stories and prose since last 4 years. Nistabdh, Sahitya Akadmy literature journal and Bangalore poetry festival’s anthology Hashiye Ke Pare have been his major publications. His poetry has also been recited at Akashwani Delhi and his short stories were also released on youtube and FM radio as part of Unposted Letters project. Gaurav runs his own literature, art and travel platform called DilSeGhumakkad. He is also a professionally trained tabla percussionist and performing in live musical events and bands. Originally from MP and staying in Bangalore since last 12 years, Gaurav’s work is also available on his Instagram and Facebook timelines and on his blog.

Vishnu Pathak

Poet

Vishnu’s native is Gaya, Bihar. An old-school poet, Vishnu loves poetry gatherings. Most weekends, one can find him in different parts of Bangalore reciting/ listening to poems in gatherings. He loves exploring poetic forms across languages, cultures and eras. His poems have been published in a few e-magazines. Hashiye Ke Pare is the first time his poems have come in print. Vishnu was a guest poet at Bangalore Poetry Festival 2019. By profession, he works for an IT MNC as Principal BA.

Shantanu Jain

Poet

Shantanu is a number cruncher by profession, who prefers to spend personal time in silence and with words in undefined proportions. He delights in books and bookstores, caring for his garden, and exploring new places, especially the Himalayas. Shantanu is an avid journaler – and his poems often show up as diary entries.

Sourav Roy

Poet & Translator

Sourav Roy is a Hindi poet, translator and educator. He has worked as a faculty at Azim Premji University and NIFT Bengaluru, and taught poetry courses there. He has also conducted poetry workshops at various places including Bengaluru Poetry Festival, NID and IISc. He was the founding editor of Bengaluru Review magazine, and currently works as an educator at Head Start Educational Academy.

His published books include Kaal Baisakhi (Collection of poems), Karnakavita (Editor: Anthology of Hindi-Urdu poetry from Bengaluru), Soho Mein Marx (Translator: Three Plays by Howard Zinn), and Os Ki Prithvi (Translation of Japanese Haiku).

Mohit Kataria

Poet, Writer & Translator

Mohit Kataria is a software engineer by education, a product manager by profession, and a published poet, writer, lyricist and translator by heart. He has been writing for 28+ years and have written more than 1500 poems, wrote and translated multiple plays. His poems were used in the short film Nirjan. He wrote the dialogues for a short film A Good Wife.

Mohit’s poems, articles and translations have been published in various national-level literary magazines like Navneet, Hindi Kavya, and Indian Literature. A couple of his songs have been released, and one of them talks about the issues kids faced during the pandemic in accessing education. Another one celebrates everything handmade, the artisans and their work, who create art and craft through hands.

Mohit has had multiple sessions in Bangalore Literature Festival and Bangalore Poetry Festival and has recited his poems at multiple places in Bangalore, MP, Delhi, Rajasthan, and USA. As he writes for children as well, he has had poetry sessions in multiple schools and colleges across India, reciting poems and interacting with students, teachers and parents. His poems, stories and articles written for children have been published in magazines like Chakmak, Cycle, and Pluto, which focus on children’s literature in Hindi. His first book of poems, Kachche Rang, has been published by Vani Prakashan in 2019.

A core member of Anjuman, a literary club, focused on Hindi-Urdu poetry, based in Bangalore, Mohit has complied the poems of Bangalore-based Hindi-Urdu poets in the Anthology Haasiye Ke Pare, published by Atta Galatta in 2023.

Sandeep Shikhar

Actor & Writer

Sandeep Shikhar has been an actor, writer and theatre practitioner for three decades. He has acted in national and international forums/stages under reputed directors of the country. He is a core member of Anjuman, a Hindi-Urdu Writers Collective in Bangalore. He is a member of the Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab, New York, since 2012. Of the five plays he has written, Treadmill was selected for the First Festival of contemporary Indian Theatre in Paris, 2013. He is a three times nominee for Best Actor in a lead role in Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2013, 2015, and 2018. He is a recipient of Vinod Doshi Fellowship Award 2016-2017. He has acted in few web-series and films which are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+Hotstar.