THE 2023 PROGRAMME
100 Thousand Poets for Change Mumbai
12 Years with Kitab Khana
November 18 and 19, 2023
In memory of Michael Rothenberg, curated by Menka Shivdasani and presented by The Source
November 18, 2023 (4.30 – 6.30 p.m.)
‘I Call You to My Riverside’: A Multilingual Poetry Reading
I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more.
– Maya Angelou
Poets from various languages come together to speak of peace. The programme includes a tribute to Michael Rothenberg by Menka Shivdasani, a poetry performance by Deepali Parmar and readings by Gayatri Chawla, Shobha Lalchandani and Barkha Khushalani (English/ Sindhi), Vibha Rani (Maithili), Sanket Mhatre (Marathi), Dr Paramita Mukherjee Mullick (Bengali) and Raamesh Gowri Raghavan (English). Filmmaker Susheel Gajwani will present poems in Hindi by the Kolhapur and US-based poet Shashi Gajwani.
November 19, 2023 (11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p,m)
One Planet, One Ocean
In this event hosted by Mrs Rati Dady Wadia, former Principal, Queen Mary School, schoolchildren in the city present their original poems on the theme, ‘One Planet, One Ocean’. Participating schools include Activity High School, J.B. Petit High School for Girls, The Somaiya School and Queen Mary School. Students of Club Elves, run by Anju Narula, will perform a play, Long Live the Ocean, by well-known children’s author Katie Bagli. There will also be musical performances by Dhwani Pandya and Commodore Sadashiv Vombatkere. Pervin Saket, award-winning novelist, poet and children’s author, will be Chief Guest on the occasion, and Commodore Vombatkere will be Guest of Honour.