Poetry on Cruise : GIFLIF Comes to Bhopal


If you look at the history of Bhopal, the capital city of Hindustan Ka Dil has always had a rich heritage of literature and culture even till the most recent times. In recent times, creative youth groups have taken up the creative scene around the city and one can see more involvement from general public as well. Adding to the efforts, is The Great Indian Film & Literature Festival which now entering its 4th edition and this time it would be conducted at Bhopal from 04-06 August 2017 (2nd Bhopal Chapter) at Hotel Lake View.

This time around, the idea is to put forth the audience new elements such as the play Nothing Like Lear, music concerts by Kabir Cafe and Piyush Mishra’s Ballimaaraan. There would also be a session Into the mind with mind reader and illusionist Abhishek Acharya, and an extravaganza Kavita aur Shayari with Rahat Indori. In addition, the event will also have conversations with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Ruskin bond, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Chakradhar, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and Varun Gandhi.
Poetry on Wheels
Before the actual event, GIFLIF hosted a very innovative programme which am sure was the first of its kind in Bhopal. Like always, this time as well they had conducted a pre-event contest for budding poets. It was a unique and first of its kind contest called Poetry on Cruise. More than 400 entries were received, which were then screened and 30 of the best poets were selected to recite on 22nd July, while cruising along Upper Lake amidst the scenic beauty of Bhopal. 10 of the best poets would now be reciting at the main stage of GIFLIF Bhopal Chapter 2017.
Also the winners of “Poetry on Wheels” from GIFLIF Gurgaon Chapter have been invited to recite their poems alongside.


30 poets from city of Bhopal and around, boarded MP Tourism’s cruise “Lake Princess” at Bhopal Upper Lake, to enter a very unique journey of poetry – ‘Poetry on Cruise’, organized by Great Indian Film and Literature Festival (GIFLIF), powered by AISECT University, in association with Dainik Bhaskar, Dilip Buildcon, LIC and MP Tourism. This event brought together best of poetic talent in bid to promote culture of poetry in the city.
A total of 400 registrations were received out of which top 30 selected poets performed at this event. The gathering was judged by Seema Raizada, founder of Club Literati, and moderated and co-judged by Saumya Kulshreshtha, Founder, Poets’ Collective. Set against the scenic backdrop of Upper Lake, the event witnessed poets of all ages present their compositions. Some travelled from places like Indore and Shivpuri, especially to take part and recite their poems. Many genres of poetry, in Urdu, Hindi and
English found expression on the cruise. While some recited Ghazals on the theme of ‘ishq’, yet others presented social concerns through their verses. Many other poems dealt with the theme of gender, identity and relationships.

Commenting on the occasion, Karan Kukreja, founder of GIFLIF, said, “Bhopal has a great potential for poetry, but the response we received overwhelmed us. Poetry is a key part of culture and literature and our attempt is to showcase the best of such talent and give the poets a stage where they can get to the next level.”

Saumya, who travelled all the way from Delhi for the event, said, “The poems we got to hear were amazing! The city of Bhopal has surprised me with their passion for poetry. I hope we’re able to sustain this momentum and continue giving platform to upcoming poets.”

Seema Raizada, judging the competition, complemented the poets saying, “The kind of talent I saw here today was amazing. The
organizers have done a great job of bringing such an initiative to Bhopal.”

Top 7-8 poets selected from this event will perform at the finale, which will take place on 6 th August, 2017 at GIFLIF Bhopal Chapter 2017 main stage. Results would be declared via GIFLIF Facebook page by 25 th July. Poets adjudged as winners at the finale will receive certificates and cash prizes.

Nine Hand-Picked Films
The festival wills screen nine hand picked international films, selected from films received across 100 countries. Ishan Shukla, director of Schirkoa (India’s only animated film to have qualified for Oscars) would be sharing his Work In Progress modules and insights on how to go about distribution of a film (Schirkoa is today being screened in various channels across Europe). Dhiraj Jindal, Director of The School Bag (has won over 22 international awards), would share his journey as well.
One important element kept in mind while closing on event dates was the fact that Bhopal is an extremely beautiful city during monsoons. With lakes and ample greenery around, the idea is to pull in people from other cities to not only enjoy the 3 days of GIFLIF but also the overall experience is enhanced because of how Bhopal behaves during monsoons, the organisers confessed.
You can view the full schedule at www.giflif.in/schedule

Visit www.giflif.com to register for passes.

Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma

Samarpita eats, sleeps and breathes content and her life revolves around words. She curates contents for many brands, of which The India Diaries happens to be the closest to the heart. An economist by education and a wordsmith by passion, she chose the life of a digital nomad after quitting full time journalism few years ago. A multi-tasker, this ex-journalist freelances as a content creator-cum-curator, manuscript editor, travel writer and social media manager.

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