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Power of the verse: Siddhant Chaturvedi, Manoj Muntashir take Bengaluru by storm with their poetry

This was the fourth edition of the two-day festival.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 22, 2019, 11.10 AM IST
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On the left is actor Siddhant Chaturvedi who considers himself to be a poet at heart. On the right is lyricist Manoj Muntashir, the man behind the track 'Galliyan' fro the film 'Ek Villain'.
BENGALURU: The power of the verse was on full display over the weekend as poetry enthusiasts thronged the fourth edition of the Bengaluru Poetry Festival. While there were a few memorable moments at the two-day festival at Taj West End, the very first session on Saturday with 'Gully Boy' actor Siddhant Chaturvedi was the highlight. There were endless selfie-and-autograph requests from young fans and he obliged.

Chaturvedi, who played the affable MC Sher in the film, is a “poet at heart” with his Instagram account standing testament to his couplets. “Poetry has gone back to the youth, thanks to social media. It’s a conversation you have with millions,” he said.

Another poignant session on day one was by the 72-year-old firebrand gay activist, author and poet Hoshang Merchant. He read out unpublished works on coming out, writing queer and his relationship with his father. Coming out should be as natural as coming out of one’s house to go to work, he said. Recalling Alyque Padamsee’s elder brother Sultan Padamsee, who committed suicide in 1946 for being gay, he said “Today is 2019 and I will not commit suicide.”

'Majnu ka Tila', a poetic performance by Hindi lyricist Raj Shekhar was another highlight, complete with riddles and audience interaction as was another by lyricist Manoj Muntashir.

Sunday morning started off with spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev’s take on ‘The metre and mysticism’, for which the large ballroom at the hotel proved inadequate, with people lining up even outside the doors to hear him. This was followed by a beautiful session on Hindi and Urdu poetry and readings by German poet Rike Scheffler. The biggest crowd pullers though were Kannada rappers MC Bijju, Gubbi and Krazzy, whose high octane performances upped the tempo.

Lauding the festival for recognising rapping as a form of poetry, Gubbi said, “While raps may not have intricate meanings and sometimes have explicit content, I’m glad the art form is getting its due.”

The evening winded down with discussions on rebel poetry with Jeet Thayil, followed by ‘Love in Unreal Times’ with Ranjit Hoskote, and ‘The poet and the Patriot’, with Hoshang Merchant, Pratibha Nandakumar and others. “Usually, poetry follows music, but for me, poetry is the mainstay, music complements it,” poet and Hindi film lyricist Irshad Kamil said, ahead of his captivating performance with Inkband, India’s first poetry band.

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