Harmony through poetry? Celebrated Mumbai writer leads the way

Storyteller Keki Daruwalla began the session by discussing his many memories of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2018 23:17 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Celebrated Indian poet Keki Daruwalla at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Saturday.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)

Celebrated Indian poet and storyteller Keki Daruwalla spoke about literature, dissent and harmony, at a session held at the David Sassoon library’s gardens on Saturday evening, as part of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Daruwalla began by discussing his many memories of the festival. “This is indeed a great celebration of the arts, of poetry and literature, of the streets, and especially a festival of the people of this great city,” he said.

Commenting on today’s political climate, he said there were “factions that want our society to split…we as a society don’t need that. We don’t need doctrine. We need laugher, hugs affection and, of course, we need poetry,” he added.

Among fans who had gathered to listen to him speak was Kuldeep Anjun, 28, a finance manager from Kandivli, who has been attending KGAF literature events for the past five years.

“For me, the takeaway was that, it is easier raise a voice in protest in the form of poetry, rather than long-form. I write poetry too and was truly inspired by him.”

AR Siddiqui, 54, from Dongri, said he attends literature sessions at the festival every year. “The literature section of the fest helps me build new perspectives on issues that matter,” he said.

Anjali Purohit, curator of the literature section, said it was an honour to have Daruwalla speak on Day 1.

“He is a highly respected writer in India, not only because of his flawless and immersive writing, but also because has the courage to speak his mind,” she added.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 23:16 IST