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The 'Gully Boy' effect: Bangalore Poetry Festival to feature a session on rap music

'Gully Boy' affable MC Sher, Siddhant Charutvedi, will kick off the festival.

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Updated: Jul 11, 2019, 01.33 PM IST
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Apart from sessions and workshops by distinguished poets like Ranjit Hoskote, Anushka Ravishankar and Angshuman Kar, the first-of-its-kind session on rapping will feature three Kannada rappers Gubbi, KrAzzy and MC Bijju.
This year’s Bangalore Poetry Festival, to be held on July 21 and 22, will feature a session on rap music as a voice of contemporary Kannada poetry.

Apart from sessions and workshops by distinguished poets like Ranjit Hoskote, Anushka Ravishankar and Angshuman Kar, the first-of-its-kind session on rapping will feature three Kannada rappers Gubbi, KrAzzy and MC Bijju.

Bollywood film 'Gully Boy' affable MC Sher, Siddhant Charutvedi, will kick off the festival. “We hadn’t explored the rap music side of poetry. This year, we are doing just that with local rappers and Chaturvedi. Not many know, but the actor is an Instagram poet,” said Subodh Sankar, cofounder of Atta Galatta, one of the hosts.

Stepping into its fourth edition, the event will have over 70 poets, musicians, lyricists and artistes partake in verse on at the Taj West End. In the past, renowned names like Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Piyush Sharma, Amit Chaudhuri and Sumana Roy had made the fest a runaway hit. The festival is the brainchild of festival director Shinie Antony, and Atta Galatta founders Subodh Sankar and Laksmi Subodh.

Sessions such as ‘The Poet and the Patriot’ with Hoshang Merchant, Pratibha Nanda-kumar and TP Rajeevan, among others, will address the dance of art and politics. Another treat will be a session by Perumal Murugan and TM Krishna on how poetry gets composed into music, while spiritual guru and poet Jaggi Vasudev will discuss the mysticism of poetry.

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