Bengaluru Poetry Festival (BPF) is the city’s first festival dedicated to poetry. The festival is the first of its kind to provide a platform for poets to perform in English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Odia, Maithili and many more tongues. This was announced at a press meet held at Church Street Social on the 14th of July 2016.
Subodh and Lakshmi, the founders of Atta Galatta – The Bookstore and Events Space, realized that while poetry as a form of self-expression was gaining immense popularity, and Indian poets and poetry were increasingly being recognized the world over, there were limited opportunities available for poets within the existing literary festival platforms.
Subodh and Lakshmi along with a core team of poets and poetry lovers conceptualized the BPF as a celebration of all things poetry. The festival aims to provide a space for verse to be engaged with — by poets, readers, performers and the audience — across forms, formats and languages. The festival will include poetry performances, talks about poetry and opportunities to learn through workshops and interactive sessions.
Atta Galatta has emerged as an active hub for poetry in Bengaluru, and has also ventured into publishing; Karnakavita, their first publication is an anthology of Hindi and Urdu poetry by 30 Bengaluru-based poets, and was launched in August 2015.