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The recent protests in India have brought to the fore poetry's relationship with the State.
Born on 16 March 1929, AK Ramanujan was a poet, scholar, translator & playwright who introduced a brilliant insight into the Indian ways of thinking with a seminal 1989 essay.
Gulzar's short poems featuring Murari Lal pack a punch in how sharply they deal with current issues. Read the translations by Rakhshanda Jalil.
Nissim Ezekiel, the poet, playwright, critic and teacher often wrestled with ideas of belonging and Indianness.
The 18th-century Urdu poet penned ghazals that inspired some classic Bollywood hits.
The first big female voice in Punjabi literature, Amrita Pritam lived as passionately as she wrote. On her birth centenary, a look at her life, loves and legacy.
The radical Punjabi poet, labelled a Naxal and assassinated by Khalistanis, was born on this day in 1950.
We cannot underestimate Didi. While we listen to her attempts at poetry, she muscles her way into becoming face of opposition in 2019. Some Indians might take on the BJP in court, Parliament or newspaper editorials. But Bengal has Mamata Banerjee: poet, politician and painter. She has decided to unleash the most potent weapon a Bengali has – 'kaalchaar' aka the supposed Bengali upper hand in education, culture and the arts. Didi has decided to poetry-bomb the Modi government. In an effort to show that she is serious about not just being a regional leader, the poems come in Hindi, Bengali and English. Surely other languages will follow soon. Mamata's poem Parichay (Identity) hit social media on 6 August, in her distinctive Bidhrohi Kobi or Revolutionary Poet rapid-fire staccato. Do you listen to Mann ki Baat? Do you write against the ruler? Does your phone have Aadhaar? Are you a member of the ‘Pay-B-Team’? Have you registered all documents? Are...
Poet Rupi Kaur on growing up in a conservative Indian-origin Canadian family, writing about sexuality and self-love, and the resulting awkwardness at home.