Poetry Darbaar

Ranjit Hoskote's "Ghalib in the Winter of the Great Revolt”

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Episode notes

Ranjit Hoskote reads his poems "Cutting Device", "Ghalib in the Winter of the Great Revolt", "Night Sky and Counting" - and has a conversation with host Lakshya Datta about how he found poetry, and where the words come from.

Ranjit is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His six collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts (2006), Central Time (2014), and Jonahwhale (2018). His translation of a celebrated 14th-century Kashmiri woman saint’s poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (2011). Ranjit curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, under the title Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode (2011). He has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award, and the S H Raza Literature Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Swedish, Spanish, and Arabic. You can find Ranjit's books on Amazon.