Festival of Hope 2 / 15 February 2021


Festival of Hope 2

This initiative brings together a series of video poems and poetry readings by five women Indian poets in which they have presented their thoughts of 'speaking up' about not only the socio-political scenario around us but about those intimate thoughts which give us a ray of hope to see our personal life even in times when the socio-political turbulences take us away from these much cherished considerations.

Rebecca Vedavathy has been longlisted for the Toto Creative Writing Awards in 2017 and 2018. Her work has been featured in Allegro Poetry Magazine, UK; Narrow Road Magazine, The Sunflower Collective and other journals.

Semeen Ali’s first book Broken Barriers was published in 2008 from Writers Workshop and she has four books of poetry to her credit. Her second book - Rose and Ashes (Writers Workshop, 2009) was nominated for the Muse India Young Writers Award at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2012 and got the Jury's Commendation Award.

Vinita Agarwal is an award winning poet and translator. She has authored number of books including Words Not Spoken, The Longest Pleasure, and The Silk Of Hunger and Two Full Moons to her credit. She is on the Advisory Board Of The Tagore Literary Prize.

Mrinalini Harchandrai is the author of A Bombay in My Beat, a collection of poetry. Her poem won first prize in The Barre (2017), and she was a finalist for the Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize 2019. Her short stories have been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 and selected as a Top Pick (2018) with Juggernaut Books, India.

Rochelle Potkar is an Indian fiction writer and poet based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Her first book, The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014, by Publishing Next. Rochelle Potkar’s books of poetry include Paper Asylum (Copper Coin, 2018). Her first screenplay was selected for development at NFDC Labs India.


The Chair Poetry Evenings

‘Chair Poetry Evenings -Kolkata’s International Poetry Festival’ is an annual  international festival of poetry in the city of Kolkata featuring poets from India and Abroad. From poetry readings in several heritage places of Kolkata to the ending event on a cruise over river Ganges, Chair Poetry Evenings is considered to be one of the most important poetry festivals of Asia and is the biggest poetry event of India.