Coronavirus Outbreak: From Fatima Bhutto's books project to Mohini Gupta's 'Mother Tongue Twisters' — a social media guide
During the ongoing lockdown in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, there are several cultural initiatives on social media that offer audiences a community to engage with. Here's a list, updated daily:
Uber temporarily suspends account of Mumbai driver who took Jaipur poet to cops; BJP MLA felicitates cabbie with 'Alert Citizenship Award'
The Uber driver who took 23-year-old poet, Bappadittya Sarkar, to a Mumbai police station after he overheard the poet's phone conservation about anti-CAA protest was suspended for 72-hours, reports Mumbai Mirror
Poet whose Uber ride ended at police station for espousing anti-CAA view: 'Can't normalise going to jail for having an opinion'
Soon after starting his trip on an Uber cab, while speaking to one of his friends over the phone, Bappadittya Sarkar was turned in to the cops by the cab driver over suspicions of him being a "communist" and indulging in anti-national activities.
At the very start of his poem 'New News', spoken word poet Jurczok 1001 jolts you into listening with his warning. Such warnings are interjected with false promises — of love, "great news" and news that is up-to-date. 'New News' is part of the poet's new collection titled Spoken Beats, which comprises the spoken word poems he wrote in the last decade. He performed from the collection at the last edition of the Tata Literature Live! in Mumbai.
After Mahmoud Darwish in Palestine, Agha Shahid Ali in Kashmir and the Miyah poets in Assam
In her debut novel, artist Jasmin Kaur reflects on the power of being represented in stories one values
In an interview with Firstpost, spoken word poet, illustrator and teacher Jasmin Kaur talks about her debut mixed-media novel When You Ask Me Where I'm Going, the impact of poetry in her life, and the importance of community building among the marginalised.
TM Krishna presents Narayana Guru's poetry set in Carnatic music, underlining the reformer's prevailing relevance
Carnatic vocalist and social commentator TM Krishna will be performing to the works of the 20th-century philosopher-poet-saint and social reformer from Kerala, Narayana Guru.
Megha Rao on her new book Music to Flame Lilies, 'art for life’s sake' and the moral responsibility of artists
Megha Rao is a 23-year-old author, poet and artist who has recently released her third novel Music to Flame Lilies. In an interview with Firstpost, Rao talks about the book, and the power of art to save and uplift lives.
Why memorising poetry still matters for human connection: Done right, the classroom habit has several benefits
Done right, memorising poetry is an intellectual exercise that illuminates the structure and logic of the text. Understanding our own sentiments through someone else’s words can also provide a thrilling sense of connection, of shared humanity across time and space.
The River Speaks: Bojja Tharakam’s poetry is a reflection on pain and struggle confronted by Dalits every day
The River Speaks is the latest addition to the poetry books of Dalit activist Bojja Tharakam, translated to English by Naren Bedide (Kuffir) and published by The Shared Mirror.
Sin of Semantics, Saima Afreen's debut poetry collection, reflects a poet's earnest engagement with language
Sin of Semantics, the debut poetry collection by journalist and poet Saima Afreen, affords the reader the grandeur of ancient civilisations, the simplicity of good story-telling, the perseverance of someone who interrogates the status quo
The poems in K Srilata’s The Unmistakable Presence of Absent Humans, written over the last four or five years though she had begun work on some even earlier, come across as quite intimate, almost autobiographical in nature
From our 'Idea of the Indian' series — verses by Malathi Maitri and Aditi Angiras
Assam's Bengal-origin Muslims have found a voice — of protest, of hope and love — in the words of Miyah poetry.
From what I gather from Amitav Ghosh’s relatively detailed portrayal of his last months in his essay, ‘The Ghat of the Only World’: Agha Shahid in Brooklyn, Shahid died peacefully, having embraced death as he had embraced life before his mother’s death.
Allen Ginsberg was one of the pillars of the American literary movement of the Beat Generation. In 1962 he visited India and was deeply influenced by the country's diverse and surprising sensibility.
The Threshold: A musical dialogue exploring journeys of different women across the world and generations
From Karnataka's Lingamma to Morocco's Kharboucha — the journey of the women mystics have been almost similar in some way. MD Pallavi and Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy explore their poetry and music through a spellbinding poetry-musical piece.
Kaifinama: Sumantra Ghosal’s Kaifi Azmi documentary is an intimate exploration of a passionate, unique poet
Kaifinama is a biographical documentary which focuses on Kaifi Azmi's writing, social work with the Communist Party, and family.
Arundhathi Subramaniam on Bhakti poetry and celebrating voices that are 'invigorating, joyful, explosively free'
Arundhathi Subramaniam talks about her journey as a poet, her process and shares insights into the Bhakti saints and their poetry