As the global movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change enters its sixth year, Kitab Khana hosts its annual celebration of poetry for the fifth time on September 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2016.

The event, curated by Menka Shivdasani and Damini Kane, includes programmes presented by Poetry at Sangam, the US Consulate General, AVITOKO Room Theatre and a special session for children conducted by Rati Dady Wadia. Natural Streets for Performing Arts Foundation also joins in with live music performances.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 (5.30 – 7.30 p.m): The inaugural programme, ‘Writing in Troubled Times: A Poetry at Sangam event’, coordinated by Priya Sarukkai Chabria, showcases Indian and international poetry in English, with translations from Marathi, French, Urdu, Japanese and Bangla from the pages of Poetry at Sangam. Featured poets and readers include Arun Babani, Hemant Divate, Menka Shivdasani, Mustansir Dalvi, Nivedita Shekar, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Sampurna Chattarji, Vibha Kamat reading their poems and Roselyne Sibille, Iqbal, Joy Goswami, Shizuko Suzuki, Rainer Maria Rilke, Adil Jussawalla and more. Arun Babani will read some of Mohan Gehani’s poems in Sindhi and English. Visit for more on Poetry at Sangam.

Friday, September 23, 2016: (5.30 – 7.30 p.m.): The second day of the four-day festival features a program on the theme of women’s empowerment, coordinated by the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai. ‘Readings on Women Empowerment’. Participants include Arundhathi Subramaniam, Harnidh Kaur, Maya Sharma Sriram, and Ramya Pandyan. There will also be a special segment featuring readings from Veils, Halos and Shackles, a significant anthology of poetry edited by senior American poet Charles Adès Fishman and Smita Sahay, a Mumbai-based writer.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (5.30 – 7.30 p.m): Vibha Rani of the AVITOKO Room Theatre (ART), a film/ theatre actor, folk presenter, poet and corporate trainer, presents ‘Popcorn Breasts in a Popcorn World’, a bouquet of various shades of life through poetry. The programme includes ‘Popcorn Breasts’, a theatrical-musical presentation of select poems from the poetry collection CAN, under the series of Celebrating Cancer by music designer and folk singer Megha Sriram, film-theatre actor Gaurav Singh, Ravi Bhushan- film-theatre actor and Vibha Rani. The multi-hued event also includes presentations on gender sensitisation by Nirmal Kant Chaudhary and Vibha Rani; the screening of Shiva, a short film by National Award winner Ashok Patel; readings by Yunus Khan, Mamta Singh, Imroz Alam, Chitra Desai and Master Jadoo. Vibha Rani will present Shadi mein Gaali Geeton ki Ravayat – Teasing songs of Mithila. ART, a wing of AVITOKO – A Better World Tomorrow, is a socio-cultural organisation to bring forward talents of all ages and arenas and to present various forms of literature through theatre at a nominal cost.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 (10:30 a.m to 1 p.m.): ‘Beauty is a Step of the Divine’, a special programme conducted by Rati Dady Wadia, former Principal of Queen Mary School and a well-known educationist. With a focus on the five fine arts—music, art, poetry, sculpture and architecture—the session features poems by children of J.B Petit School, Cathedral School and Writer’s Bug. Plus, music and dance performances, a display of artwork by children and a skit, The Masterpiece, written and directed by well-known children’s author Katie Bagli.