Zee Jaipur Literature Festival - Mumbai Curtain Raiser

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 11th January 2017
From 6:00pm to 8:00pm (IST)
Essar House, 11 K. K. Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai - 400034.


Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, Sanjoy K. Roy and Avid Learning proudly present the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Curtain Raiser in Mumbai! To kick off the Festival, we present a very special musical performance by Geetu Unplugged followed by a panel that explores music and poetry within the context of literature.

Join us for Blowing in the Wind: Voice, Music and Lyric Poetry with poet and lyricist Gulzar and lyricist and playback singer Swanand Kirkire. Lyric poetry creates public spaces for literature and brings together the voice and the word. Following Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, this session will look at eminent poets and their interaction with popular music. Poetry is considered the purest form of language and combines rhythm, music and words. It is a sensory experience tying in emotion and image as well. But what is the role of lyric poetry in the canon of literature? How does it shape and depict a nation’s and a people’s depths? There is a historical tradition behind the works of poets like Dylan: his writings are influenced by ancient poets like Homer, as well as traditional folk music and the blues.

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poet, filmmaker, lyricist and writer

Gulzar is a poet, filmmaker, lyricist and writer. Born in Jhelum, now in Pakistan, he spent his school days in Delhi and then came to Bombay, to a celebrated career in films. The poet in him flourished simultaneously; he was closely associated with the Progressive Writers Movement. Many collections of poems, short stories and scripts have flowed from his pen. His creative repertoire also includes plays, ballets, music albums, serials as well as books for children. His works have been translated into many languages and received national and international acclaim. He is a seven-time recipient of the prestigious National Award as well as 21 Filmfare Awards. He won the 2002 Sahitya Akademi Award for Best Urdu Writer and was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He was awarded the Oscar and Grammy 2009, Award for Best Original Song (‘Jai Ho’ in Slumdog Millionaire), the 27th Indira Gandhi National Integration Award in 2012, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2013 as well as a degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Rabindra Bharati, University of Kolkata in 2015. He is currently the chancellor of Assam University. His creative endeavour still goes on.

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Swanand Kirkire

lyricist, actor playback singer, scriptwriter and assistant director

Swanand Kirkire is a lyricist, actor playback singer, scriptwriter and assistant director for Hindi television, films and theatre. Kirkire has written four original plays,including Ek Sapnaa, which he also directed. He has written songs for more than 50 films and is a two-time winner of the National Film Award for Best Lyrics. He received his first National Film Award in 2007 for the song ‘Bande Me Tha Dum...Vande Mataram’ from the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and the second in 2009 for ‘Behti Hawaa Sa Tha Woh…’ from 3 Idiots.‘Piyu Bole’ featured in the 2005 movie Parineeta was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Lyrics while Barfi’s ‘Aashiyam’ and ‘Manjaa’ from Kay Po Chhe were awarded IFFA and Life OK Screen awards.

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