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11-01-2019 @ The Role of the Poet in Times of Oppression - A Talk with Gauhar Raza

Event Date : 11-01-2019

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, Shadipur

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Gauhar Raza’s talk on the effects of dissident poetry in times of establishment-imposed conformity and the role of the poet.


  • "Bol ke lab azaad hain tere" Recital session of a range of progressive poetry
  • A talk with Gauhar Raza –
    The discussion will try to touch upon the following points:
    • Progressive poetry: Mere entertainment or something more?
    • What rebel songs in these times of oppression will look like.
    • With the budding popularity of poetic symposia – those organised by the government as well as private ones – what place do progressive and dissident poetry occupy in society and politics?
    • What impact has the poetry of our classical poets had on the authorities in India?
    • In these times, when our freedom of speech is under attack, what part does progressive poetry play?
    • How does the progressive poem of today differ from that of previous eras?

18-01-2019 @ Delhi: From Mughals to Metro – A Discussion with Sohail Hashmi

Event Date : 18-01-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, Shadipur

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In this talk with Sohail Hashmi, we will try to answer one key question: How does a city come into being? Delhi, the national capital, is majorly full of migrants. Excepting the Jats and Gujars, it is impossible to find people who'd be native to this city. In its history, the city has seen everything, in a way that destruction and re-building have been a consistent part of the history of this city. Partition played a key role in shaping the city. The current urban character coexists with the histories that this city holds in its forts, monuments, gates, temples, mosques, etc. The entry point of this talk is the Delhi of the late-Mughal period, and by travelling through various junctures, we arrive at the present-day Delhi, a city which is run by its Metro. In this journey, we look at a broader and an essential question: How did Delhi come into being? What does Delhi's present retain of its past? In this city of migrants, is there any notion of a 'Delhi Identity'? If yes, what does this consciousness of belonging to this city constitute?

15-02-2019 @ ​अदब में बायीं पसली – नासिरा शर्मा से बातचीत

Event Date : 15-02-2019

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore

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नासिरा शर्मा हिंदी की एक विख्यात लेखिका हैं। कहानी, लेख, रिपोर्ताज, संस्मरण, आलोचना आपकी ढेरों पुस्तकें हैं।

नासिरा शर्मा हिंदी की एक जानी-मानी हस्ती हैं। 2016 में "पारिजात" उपन्यास पर आपको साहित्य अकादेमी सम्मान मिला है। अपनी क़लम के लिए आप विश्वविख्यात रही हैं। नासिरा शर्मा अपने लिखे हुए को जीने में यक़ीन रखती हैं। उनके लिए लिखना महज़ लिखने भर के लिए नहीं हैं बल्कि आपके लेखन की एक सामाजिक उपादेयता है। ये समाज वो उपेक्षित और मेहनतकशवर्ग होता है जहां वास्तव में ज़िंदगियां धड़कती हैं। ये वर्ग जो समाज की संरचना में दिन-रात मेहनत करता है, मगर अधिकांशतः नज़रों से ओझल रहता है।

कार्यक्रम की प्रस्तावित योजना :

  • नासिरा शर्मा का संक्षिप्त परिचय
  • रूबरू – नासिरा शर्मा से बातचीत
  • नासिरा शर्मा द्वारा चयनित कविता/कहानी/नाटक के कुछ अंश (ये सभी अंश उनके द्वारा संपादित पुस्तक "अदब में बायीं पसली" से होंगे)
  • श्रोताओं से बातचीत