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CWC Event: Is there a Dalit English Writing? (Insta-live)

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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English Language in India and Indian English Writing always had caste and privilege attached to it. Until very recently Indian English writers remained to be only those who came from certain caste groups ( read  Brahmins and other upper castes)  mostly from metros like, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta etc. However, we now witness “Dalit” and “Adivasi” writers who write directly in English and their works are being celebrated. These range from poetry, novels, autobiography, memoir and non-fiction. This conversation with Dalit Poet S Chandramohan will look at the some questions like what is Dalit writing and how and why they are different from the other writing, and are there different aesthetics and the methodology of Dalit writing followed by Chandramohan reading from his poems. Join us on Instagram this Thursday at 7 pm, here.

Chandramohan S is an Indian English Dalit poet and literary critic based in Trivandrum, Kerala. He is part of the P.K. Rosi Foundation, a cultural collective (named after the legendary, pioneering Dalit actress) that seeks to de-marginalize Dalit-Bahujans. His poems were shortlisted for Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize 2016. His second collection of poems titled “Letters to Namdeo Dhasal” is just published. A few of his poems have been used at many protests in addition to being  anthologized in LAND:An Anthology of Indo-Australian Poetry (edited by Rob Harle) and 40 poets under 40 (edited by Nabina Das and Semeen Ali). He was instrumental in organizing literary meets of English poets of Kerala for the Ayyappa Panicker Foundation and for Kritya Poetry festival. In year 2016, OUTLOOK magazine had profiled him as one of the high achievers from the Dalit community in addition being an aspiring rapper. He was a writing fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Programme in 2019.



October 29
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm