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Poetry for women's rights

Starting today, thousands of poets, artists, musicians, dancers, writers and citizens worldwide, will come together to plan, discuss and inspire some serious political and social change, as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event.

Menka Shivdasani
Menka Shivdasani

Joining them in this movement for social and political change over four days are Mumbai’s writers, poets, musicians, artists and school children, at Kitab Khana.


A session in progress at 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2012

The movement in Mumbai, will kick off with a musical performance by Suneeta Rao, Ravi Iyer and Manoj Kopade, today, followed by poetry readings by city poets over the next three days. The names include Annie Zaidi, Anju Makhija, Ranjit Hoskote and Vivek Tandon among others with a special focus on women’s lives on Day Two. Menka Shivdasani, curator of the Mumbai chapter, says, “This year, most of our events are centred on women’s rights, their lives and their issues, which we believe was necessary, especially looking at the events in the recent past. We also have children from six different schools reading poems on peace and the environment on the final day.”


Children reading poems at the 2012 edition of the movement, at Kitab Khana

Shivdasani adds that over four days, the bookstore will turn into a centre for talks, discussions, poetry readings and musical performances. And while change remains the main focus, the idea is also to make it inclusive, and therefore, this year, organisers are inviting Mumbaikars to share their poems. “All the works read, and discussed over the four days will be archived by Stanford University for future reference. Therefore, we are inviting Mumbaikars to send their poems for recital and become a part of a global archive,” she says. Mumbaikars can send poems till the end of October.

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