Poetry As Performance - Poetry Carnival 2018
With the intention to promote cultural diversity through the medium of poetry, the department of Malayalam of Government Sanskrit College Pattambi, in association with various cultural organizations, conducts a Carnival of Poetry every year. The third edition of the Carnival is going to be held on 9, 10 & 11th of March, 2018, at the Government Sanskrit College, Pattambi, Palakkad district, Kerala. This is one of India’s biggest and renowned poetry festivals which offers a public sphere initiating aesthetic and political expressions. It provides discursive and performative space for people from different echelons, including writers, poets, activists, artists, students, academicians and the reading public. The last two editions of the Carnival drew regional and national attention for its unique organization and participation of eminent poets and scholars as well as poetry lovers in large number from different parts of the world. Cultural organizations like Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and Kochi Muziris Biennale extended support by being part of the Carnival.
This year the carnival focuses on the theme of ‘resistance and counter culture’ in the main. The three day event includes special sessions for recitation of poetry by noted south Indian poets. More than 200 poets from Kerala, along with Mangalesh Debral, Chandrakanth Pandit, Leena Manimekhala and Mamta Sagar, will be participating/performing in it. Other participants include renowned social activists and artists like Ram Rahman (Photographer, curator & founder of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust), Prasanna (Kannada theatre personality), K S Bhagavan (Kannada writer, translator), Kalki Subrahmaniam (Transgender rights activist, painter, writer), K. Sachidanandan (Poet & critic), Sheetal Sathe (Dalit Rights activist, poet, singer) and Prakash Bare (actor). The festival provides spaces for interactive sessions, translation workshops, seminars and ‘meet the poet’ programme. Various performances, including protest poetry by Kabir Kala Manch (Marathi cultural organisation) will be part of the three day festival. In addition, there will be theatre performances, poster exhibition, Poetry Performances, Poetry Camp for College and University Students, Exhibition of SAHMATH, Book Exhibitions, Dances, workshops for painting, sculpture and installations and folk performance like padayani Porattu Panan pattu
The poetry festival has emerged as one of the most important literary festivals of poetry and it receives extensive support from artists and activists from different parts of India.