When: 21 Mar | 5.00 PM onwards

Where: The Bibliophile Café, Jaswanta Road House No. 2, First Floor, above Western Book Depot, Pan Bazaar

“Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them”

March 21 is World Poetry Day, wherein all the poets in the world are celebrated and commemorated for their creative spirits and the ability to beautifully convey their messages through lyrical expression. So naturally, today is a great time to explore the beauty and immense therapeutic powers of poetry. Poetry is a beautiful literary form of expression that has the power to touch and caress the deepest core of one’s heart and soul. Reading and writing poetry both engage our senses along with our emotions. Not only that, but it can also communicate values, beliefs and ideas that have travelled through generations and different cultures. 

If you’re a fan of poetry like us and in town, head to The Bibliophile Café to experience a beautiful afternoon of all things creative and beautiful.

Unboxing World Poetry Day 2021, organised by GGPF (Guwahati Grand Poetry Festival) in collaboration with Coffee Table Romanticisms which is an art, aesthetics and humanities movement, and powered by Poetry Couture, Wissen Monk, and the Bibliophile Café will celebrate the day through poetry readings, book launches, interactions, and music performance.

Madhu Raghavendra, an internationally acclaimed poet best known for his books – ‘Make Me Some Love To Eat’, ‘Stick No Bills’, and ‘Being Non-essential’ – and the man behind the country’s largest poetry movement: Poetry Couture, will be reading our few of his favourite poems, followed by the launch of ‘Alop Akash, Alop Chondo’, a collection of Raghavendra’s selected poems translated from English to Assamese by Manjit Kumar Sarma. The book features illustrations by renowned artist, Neelim Mahanta.

Talking about the initiative, Manjit Kumar Sharma, co-founder of Guwahati Grand Poetry Festival said, “We celebrate poetry every day, throughout the year. However, we do have special events, such as the three-day poetry festival that we organise every year. Many people in North East India love to write poems, or translate but haven’t found a platform to express and showcase their skills. So, we also keep organising several programmes and contests to keep their spirits alive. We also have a multi-lingual quarterly e-magazine Soul Connection and we invite submissions from interested writers and poets. Following demands of contribution, we’re now coming up with a paperback book. To celebrate World Poetry Day we’ve invited Madhu Raghuvendra because he has a great style of narration and his works reflect the socio, economy, cultural scenario of North East India. We want his writings to be read by a wider mass. There’re also a few other participating poets – each one talented in their way.” 

Other participating poets include Ravi Gahatraj, Abhishek Bagra, Snehal Deb, Namrata Talukdar, Shaheen Akhtar, Simanta Goswami, and Zarine Wahid, among others.

The event will also see a live acoustic music performance by InJoy – a husband-wife musical duo featuring Indrani Sinha Das on vocals and Pranjoy Arup Das on guitars and backing vocals. 

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