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Co-Founder, Atta Galatta
Urbanist, Civic Evangelist
Writer, Editor, Cultural Director
Cultural Director, Writer, Poet
Author, Entrepreneur

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 24 Mar 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Urban landscapes across India have witnessed a surge in cultural festivals, particularly within the realms of literature and poetry. Last year alone, over 60 literary events unfolded across the nation, prompting inquiry into the driving forces behind this cultural renaissance. Are these festivals a response to the resounding success of iconic events like the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) and the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)? Or do they signify a growing intellectual fervour among urban dwellers, shaping these gatherings into veritable tastemakers?

Consider Bangalore, a city whose demographic landscape has undergone significant transformations in recent years. The emergence of the world’s only crowd-funded literary festival in Bangalore speaks volumes about the city’s intellectually inclined populace. Furthermore, Bangalore stands as the largest market for books in India, underscoring the city’s deep-rooted appreciation for literature and the arts.

In parallel, global festivals such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival have undergone strategic revamps, both thematically and logistically, to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. Similarly, major events like the Jaipur Literature Festival have experienced metamorphoses over the years. As we contemplate the future, questions arise about how these festivals will evolve in response to the interplay between city dynamics, societal shifts, and cultural influences. What trajectory will these festivals take, especially concerning their interactions with the burgeoning landscape of events like the Bangalore Literature Festival? The answers lie at the nexus of urban life, cultural expression, and the ever-evolving festival landscape.

Image Credit
Header and posters: Photo from Church Street Open Streets, Unboxing BLR Hubba, December 2023.


Presented by:


Subodh Sankar

Co-Founder, Atta Galatta

Subodh Sankar is the co-founder of Atta Galatta, a Bangalore-based, independent bookstore with a focus on Indian vernacular writing that is a venue for the arts community, popular for its literary, art and cultural events. It has been iconic for lovers of art and poetry since its inception 12 years ago. It has hosted more than 3,000 events including book launches, poetry readings, theatre performances, screenings, storytelling sessions and workshops. Atta Galatta has been associated with the Bangalore Literature Festival, the Lekhana Writer’s Festival, the Women Writer’s Festival and the Under-25 Writer’s Festival as the official bookstore partner for these festivals. Atta Galatta has also conceptualised and conducted the Bangalore. Poetry Festival that is dedicated to promoting poetry in Bangalore by inviting poets from around the world.

Subodh had been a prominent entrepreneur in IT earlier and his company, Just Vox, was a pioneer in the field of speech recognition and speech synthesis. He was one of the finalists and an honorable mention winner of the Asian Innovation Awards presented by Dow Corning.

Atta Galatta, is an important landmark in Bangalore and its contribution to art and poetry is remarkable.

V Ravichandar

Urbanist, Civic Evangelist

Ravichandar was former Hon. Director Bangalore International Centre and part of the core team that organises the Bangalore Literature Festival and the BLR Hubba annually. He is also the Hon. Consul Republic of Slovenia in Bangalore. He was co-chair of the Karnataka Tourism Vision Group during 2013-2016. Since 2000, he has been involved with pro bono initiatives with State and Central Governments on urban issues. Ravichandar assists multiple social and cultural initiatives in Bangalore and other cities, including evangelizing the idea of setting up new public spaces.

Shinie Antony

Writer, Editor, Cultural Director

Shinie Antony is a writer and editor based in Bengaluru. Her novels include Eden Abandoned: The Story of Lilith, Can’t and The Girl Who Couldn’t Love. Her anthologies include Boo, Why We Don’t Talk and An Unsuitable Woman.

She is the founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival and director of the Bengaluru Poetry Festival. Her story “A Dog’s Death” won the Commonwealth Short Story Asia Prize in 2002.

Yumna Jija Hari Singh

Cultural Director, Writer, Poet

Yumna Jija Hari Singh writes poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Her works have received several local awards and have been published in various magazines and platforms. Her writing for children has been published in Brainwave, Amar Chitra Katha’s Science Magazine and Pratham’s Storyweaver, with her work being translated into Tamil and Bahasa Indonesia. Her poetry has been published in Chipmunk Magazine, and in an anthology of Bangalore Poets, Po’try. She is a curator and has directed several festivals including the Roerich Centenary Celebration, Bangalore International Arts Festival 2004, and Glass House Festival for Poetry. Yumna is also a theatre actor and has been part of productions, including editions of the Vagina Monologues.

Deepa Rao Acharya

Author, Entrepreneur

Deepa Rao Acharya is a writer, social entrepreneur and influencer. She has donned various hats – as a Times of India journalist, TV and Bollywood scriptwriter, short story writer and content creator. Her first book, Babaji Calling, will be out soon and is in the spiritual fiction genre. Her event company, Lit Spirit, is tied up with her Foundation, which aims at bringing about social transformation through spiritual awareness. Its goal is to equip the younger generation with self transformative and coping mechanisms.