The sixth Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2016 coordinated by Women Poets International Movement president Jael Uribe from Dominican Republic saw for the first time a chapter being held in the city of Kolkata organized by Rhythm Divine Poets in association with Art Fair. The Kolkata event was held on 26th March at Berlia House in Mandeville Gardens. It brought together women poets and artists as well as men who expressed themselves on issues related to women through poetry, painting and music.
Sufia Khatoon the curator of Art Fair and the co-founder of Rhythm Divine Poets group along with her team of budding artists primarily from Modern High School for Girls, which included Himadri Agarwal, whose parents were the gracious venue partner of the programme, put up a fantastic display of more than a hundred kites with quotes that highlighted the issue of violence on women.
The programme was inaugurated by eminent poets and academicians Prof. Sanjukta Dasgupta and Prof. Sharmila Ray along with the noted singer Somali Panda and renowned fashion designer Sumita Banerjee.
The programme, apart from the open mic sessions, was anchored elegantly by Mona Sengupta in her inimitable style. The recitations by the guest poets were the major attraction. The audience too enjoyed the melodious songs and music which included an amalgamation of Rabindra Sangeet, Qawali, Fusion and Western Rock. The open mic poetry, which was ably anchored by Anindita Bose and Mohit Jain, saw participation from a large number of city poets. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performances and appreciated the poetry and art works on display. In the end Rhythm Divine Poets’ co-founder Amit Shankar Saha proposed the vote of thanks.