Poetry Darbaar

Poetry Darbaar

Hosted by Lakshya Datta, Poetry Darbaar brings you the poems, the shayaris, the kavitas, and the poets of India - celebrating the best of contemporary Indian poetry across its many languages - including Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, and many more. Through live readings and conversations with the poets themselves, this show will attempt to explore answers to one question: where do the words come from? This podcast is produced by Launchora, and the poems are curated by writer-editor-publisher Namita Gokhale.

Episodes

January 6, 2022 69 min

A special episode of Poetry Darbaar - a proper, full, and fluid conversation between two poets - Sampurna Chattarji and Karuna Ezara Parikh.

The context and structure of this conversation is Sampurna’s new book “Space Guliver”. In this book, Sampurna chronicles not only the journey of its alien protagonist, but also how one wor(l)d changes into another …. a fantastically engineered sequence, here is poetry that is not afraid to be ...

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March 1, 2020 12 min

Medha Singh reads her poems "Another Cremation", "The Same Fire", "An Answer" - and has a conversation with host Lakshya Datta about  why she writes, her influences, and where the words come from.

Medha Singh is a poet, editor and translator from Delhi. She took her M.A. from JNU and Sciences Po. Her maiden book Ecdysis (2017) is out through Poetrywala, Mumbai. Her second book I Will Bring My Time: Love Lett...

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February 17, 2020 8 min

This episode is in Hindi. 

Viky Arya reads her poems "Aangan mein baithi Maa", "Aangan mein ek Ped", "Kaho kum", "Sa re suro ke beech", "Baat se Baat", "Dhaaga hoon" - and has a conversation with host Lakshya Datta about her earliest memory with writing poetry, and where the words come from.

Viky Arya is a poet, sculptor, childrens' author and illustrator. Recipient of the "Ra...

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Ranjit Hoskote reads his poems "Cutting Device", "Ghalib in the Winter of the Great Revolt", "Night Sky and Counting" - and has a conversation with host Lakshya Datta about how he found poetry, and where the words come from.

Ranjit is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His six collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts (2006), Central Time (2014), and Jonahwhale (2018). His translation of a celebrated ...

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A bonus episode of Poetry Darbaar - this one is the first audio-play "One More Night With Meera" from our new podcast: Play Me Life. If you like it, please subscribe or follow our Play Me Life podcast wherever you listen to podcasts! 

"One More Night With Meera" is an original, one-act audio-play, taking place in real-time. Written and directed by Lakshya Datta, and starring Rijul Kataria as Neel, and Gauri Saxena a...

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January 5, 2020 20 min

In episode #3, the poet in the darbaar is Gurpreet Saini - reading his poems “Mohtaaj / The Name”, “The Aim”, “The Lesson”, “Suraj”, and “Shaam”. In between the poems, host Lakshya Datta talks to Gurpreet about his two lives: Gurpreet the lyricist, and Mohtaaj the poet.

It was in DAV College and then Manchtantra, that he met Rochak Kohli, Ayushmann Khurana and Gautam Govind Sharma and, from making music for street plays and stage p...

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In episode #2, the poet in the darbaar is Sampurna Chattarji - reading her poems "Dogs, Mobs, and Rock Concerts", "Mahim to Goregaon", and "Fear Not". In between the poems, host Lakshya Datta chats with Sampurna about her writing process and how Bombay/Mumbai became her muse.

Sampurna Chattarji was born in in Dessie, Ethiopia and lives in Thane, Maharashtra. Her eighteen books include a short-story collectio...

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In the premiere episode, the poet in the darbaar is Akhil Katyal - reading his poems "He was as arrogant as a Chattarpur farmhouse" (English) and "Agar tum koi metro station hoti" (Hindi). The poems bookend Akhil's conversation with Poetry Darbaar host Lakshya Datta about where the words come from. 

A writer based in Delhi, Akhil's second book of poems 'How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross' won th...

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November 25, 2019 2 min

A poem is a song and a story, all at once. A poem is a thought and a feeling, all at once. A poem is a mystery and a discovery, all at once. A poem is new and old, all at once.

Host Lakshya Datta invites you listen to Launchora's brand new podcast "Poetry Darbaar" - an audio-series where you’ll hear the poems, the shayaris, the kavitas, and the poets of India. We’re going to travel across India and traverse through mult...

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