Kolkata poetry translation workshop

  • at the translation workshop Kolkata with Siva Kumar - Sampurna
    The poets gather at the translation workshop with Siva Kumar
  • Binayak and Nilanjan
    Binayak and Nilanjan on a walk
  • Binayak holding forth
  • Kokata poets 2013 - sampurna
    The Kolkata translation workshop poets at a performance, 2013
  • Kolkata workshop convo
    Talking at the translation workshop
  • Sampurna - Binayak and Kathryn read 'Honeymoon'
    The poets perform at Kolkata Lit Meet
  • Sampurna - Doris in her new kantha scarf
    Binayak and Doris talking at the workshop
  • Sampurna - In which we read our translations of Mamta's 'Mother' poems, the centrepiece of our performance
    Performing at Kolkata Lit Meet
  • Sampurna - Kolkata poets
    Sampurna, Mamta and Doris
  • Sampurna - Lebu, lonka, lobon
    Lebu, lonka, lobon
  • sampurna - quiet moment at the Kolkata workshop
    Akshay and Mamta in Kolkata
  • Sampurna 2 - the loser's chairs
    The loser's chairs, Kolkata
  • Sampurna at Kolkata workshop in a crisp morning chill
    Sampurna at Kolkata workshop in a crisp morning chill
  • Samputna - Kolkata group
    The Kolkata group
  • SSVAD centre where the workshop took place
    SSVAD centre where the workshop took place

Literature Across Frontiers returned to India in January 2013 for our first ever poetry translation workshop in Kolkata. The workshop brought together European poets Doris Kareva (Estonia) and Kathryn Gray (UK/Wales) with lndian poets writing in several languages: Sampurna Chattarji, Binayak Bandyopadhyay, Nilanjan Banerjee and Mamta Sagar. Led by Akshay Pathak, this residential workshop concluded with a performance at the Kolkata Literary Meet. It followed on from our translation workshop in India in 2010 Poetry Connections which also brought together European and Indian poets.

‘Translation is not simply rendering words, of course. Translation is mood, personality, the ghostings of all that has gone into the shaping of those words in the first place.’ Kathryn Gray shared some of her experiences of the Kolkata workshop on the Wales Literature Exchange website.

Sampurna Chattarji also shared one of Doris Kareva’s poems on the Dubious Saints workshop blog.

And here you can watch the poets perform their choreographed reading at the Kolkata Literary Meet…