Dehradun-based avant-garde book discussion community Booknerds celebrated World Poetry Day with its Poetry Hangout. Curated by Booknerds co-founders Neha and Rohan Raj, the event marked a celebration of poetry and spoken word by bringing together contemporary poets, authors and readers at Hotel Marbella, Dehradun.
Anjana Bhatia Khanduja, the author of Way Beyond Me, Vineet KKN 'Panchhi', founder of Word Of Mouth Media, Tathagat Anand, author of Impressions, acclaimed Urdu poet Ambar Kharbanda and Palash Krishna Mehrotra, author of House Spirits: Drinking in India, joined as panelists with Rohan Raj serving as the moderator in a hall packed with poetry aficionados.
The event began with Rohan Raj introducing the panelists and their work, followed by an organic conversation between the panelists,recitations with occasional inputs by the audience throughout the session. The panelists spoke about the essence of poetry, why poetry is more relevant now than ever before and what it means to be a modern-day published poet.
Towards the end of the session, Booknerds co-founder Neha Raj presented the speakers and venue partner Hotel Marbella with gift hampers from Butterfly Gifts Store. The event concluded with book selling, browsing, signing and group pictures.
Book Store Partner: Book World
Photography Partner: Colored Leaf
Photography and Videography additional credits: Deepak Singh Negi