In Pictures : The Kumbha Mela of poetry

Over the past three years, the Bengaluru Poetry Festival has seen participation from over 180 poets, musicians, lyricists and performers from across the country. With thousands of poetry lovers joining in as audiences, BPF has become nothing less than a cultural phenomenon the city takes great pride in. In a recent interview, acclaimed Odia poet Manu Dash went on to call Bengaluru Poetry Festival the Kumbha of Indian poets.

The fourth edition of the festival was organised at the Taj West End hotel. Packed with poetry, fun, and chaos, the two day festival had events lined up from morning till night. These events included poetry performances, panel discussions, readings, and workshops for both adults and children. The number of languages that received representation at the BPF this year was phenomenal, as poets from Kannada, Tamil, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, English, and German languages shared their work.

We bring to you, glimpses of Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2019.

Taj West End, the venue.


The pathway between poet’s lounge and ball room.


Entrance to the ball room, where the festival’s stage was set.


Inside the ball room.


TM Krishna’s performance of Perumal Murugan’s poetry.


Perumal Murugan reciting his poems.


Peruman Murugan with TM Krishna.


Irshad Kamil and The INK Band.


A member of The INK Band, India’s first poetry band.


A member of The INK Band.


Irshad Kamil.


Sadhguru’s arrival.


Sadhguru with poet Arundhathi Subramaniam.


Sadhguru in conversation with Arundhathi Subramaniam.


Bharatnatyam performance by Deepti Sudhindra and Padmini Ravi.


Andrea Jeremiah with Anuja Chandramouli.


Lyricist and screenwriter Manoj Muntashir with Sundeep Bhutoria.


Art installations outside the ballroom.


Art installations outside the ballroom


Bookstore set by Atta Galatta.


Perumal Murugan with Manu Dash.


Poet and Tibetian activist Tenzin Tsundue.


The team behind Bengaluru Poetry Festival.

Photography : PeeVee.

Perumal Venkatesan aka PeeVee is a people photographer and creative entrepreneur from Bengaluru.

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