Events : Literature & Popular Culture

Book Launch and Poetry Reading of “Interior Decoration”

Held on Friday, 23rd July, 2010 at 6.30 pm

Bangalore International Centre in collaboration with Women Unlimited and Women’s World India had arranged a Book Launch of “Interior Decoration” on Friday, 23 rd July, 2010 at 6.30 pm. This anthology of book is a collection of poems written by 54 women from 10 languages. The anthology is edited by Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon and Volga.

The Anthology was released by prominent Kannada Litterateur Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara. Mr. Girish Karnad prominent theatre personality was also present during the occasion and received the released book from Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara.

Two of the Editors of the Book Ms. Ammu Joseph and Ms. Ritu Menon were also present during the function and interacted with the audience.

In an elegant and lucid introduction, Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara emphasized that poetry, as a slice of life, could only represent a fragmented approach as long as it did not represent two most marginalized sections of writers – Women and Dalits. He therefore was delighted to release this anthology of poems by women – on women – from ten different languages. To the delight of the appreciative audience, he recited a few of his Kannada poems.

On behalf of the editors, Ms. Ritu Menon traced the genesis of the book and how they had gone about carefully collecting, sifting and collating the anthology. And then followed the recitation of poems by Ms. Mamta Sagar, Ms. Anuradha Rao and Ms. Pratibha Nandakumar. These were poems from a totally new angle, wry observations about life from kitchen, from bed room, on men watching women and traumatic events like Gujarat riots or honour killings.

An appreciative audience applauded the poets and the tremendous efforts which had gone in the preparation and publication of this unique anthology. Sadly the number of males in the audience was much less than their opposite numbers, but those who were there agreed that this was an event to remember.