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1,000 poets gather and verse for peace

Across the world, on September 30, thousands of poets will read out lines to promote peace and sustainability.

Published: 27th September 2017 10:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th September 2017 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Across the world, on September 30, thousands of poets will read out lines to promote peace and sustainability. These are overused words but these masters of language will try every trick and facility to engage the audiences. In Bengaluru, 18 poets from various collectives including Airplane Poetry Movement, InkWeaver, Rap Kavigalu and Beard of Harmony will be performing at Koramangala Social starting 4 pm.

Meera
How do you plan to re-introduce peace, sustainability and change?
Peace, sustainability and change cannot and should not be thought of as a passing fad, which is what tends to happen. It is the responsibility of an artist to be in forefront of this especially because as the promoters of culture, we have an immense influence and the trickle down to rest of the society is undeniable.
A line that was both socially responsible and artistically brilliant?
There are seven billion forty seven billion people on the planet and most of us have the audacity to think we matter - George Watsky, Tiny Glowing Screens (part 2)

Smokey The Ghost

Your favourite poem/art work on peace by another poet?
Difficult question really, Omar Khayyam and Khalil Gibran are right on top for me. But Omar is clearly a huge influence for me.
After a momentary silence spake
Some Vessel of a more ungainly Make;
They sneer at me for leaning all awry:
What! did the Hand then of the Potter shake?
Could you quote a line that was both socially responsible and artistically brilliant?
“What! did the Hand then of the Potter shake?”
Is there a beautiful line you always wanted to write, but thought it is irresponsible and so didn’t?
No. I write only irresponsible lines. I never hold back.
Which poem/piece would you be presenting?
Not quiet sure, I do not decide till 2 seconds before I perform them.

Pramod Shenoy
How do you plan to re-introduce peace, sustainability and change?
Have written and performed for Bhoomi festival and 100 TPC with emphasis on sustainability and rise against plastic including a unique music circle where I got people to give me one liners that I changed into a song and performed along with them.
Is there a beautiful line you always wanted to write, but thought it is irresponsible and so didn’t? If yes, could you share it with us now?
Sex is a sublime momentary high, a heightened response to ecstasy
Both a pleasurable end to desirous needs and also sowing the seed, another existence we seek.

Beard of Harmony
How do you plan to re-introduce peace, sustainability and change?
I believe that every problem can be solved with a look within self. Most of my songs are about a look inwards and accepting what you see.
Your favourite poem/art work on peace by another poet?
I don’t believe in favorites
Which poem/piece would you be presenting?
An original song by the band Beard of Harmony called ‘manasinte vingal’
Any verses you wish you had written?
I wish to write all of my verses.

Sowmyashree Gonibedu
How do you plan to re-introduce peace, sustainability and change?
Like they say, every story that can be told has already been told, but everyone tries to tell it a bit differently. I try to look at it from different points of views and angles and try and appeal to the emotional and rational parts of people.
Your favourite poem/art work on peace by another poet?
Aniketana by Kuvempu.
Could you quote a line that was both socially responsible and artistically brilliant?
The idea of universal man “vishwa maanava” by Kuvempu.
Which poem/piece would you be presenting?
Two pieces. One in Kannada about saving trees and one in English about absence of feelings.
Any verses you wish you had written?
Play Yayathi by Girish Karnad.

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