Poetry Darbaar

Sampurna Chattarji's "Dogs, Mobs, and Rock Concerts"

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Episode notes

In episode #2, the poet in the darbaar is Sampurna Chattarji - reading her poems "Dogs, Mobs, and Rock Concerts", "Mahim to Goregaon", and "Fear Not". In between the poems, host Lakshya Datta chats with Sampurna about her writing process and how Bombay/Mumbai became her muse.

Sampurna Chattarji was born in in Dessie, Ethiopia and lives in Thane, Maharashtra. Her eighteen books include a short-story collection about Bombay/Mumbai, Dirty Love (Penguin, 2013); a translation of Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems (Harper Perennial, 2014, 2018); and nine poetry titles, the most recent being Over and Under Ground in Mumbai & Paris (Context, Westland Publications, 2018) written in collaboration with Karthika Naïr; Elsewhere Where Else / Lle Arall Ble Arall (Poetrywala, 2018) and The Bhyabachyaka (Scholastic, 2019), both co-authored with Eurig Salisbury. She is currently Poetry Editor of The Indian Quarterly.