Poetry Circle

WHEN: May 23, 2020, 8:30pm - 10:30pm PST
WHAT: We gather to read and listen to poems in all languages with impromptu translations.

This Saturday’s Poetry Circle will be opened by Navaneet Galagali and his father, Gopeenath Galagali, reciting Sanskrit poems and offering English translations, before we get to the open mic of reading poems in all languages with (sometimes impromptu) translations. 

Gopeenath Galagali studied Sanskrit with a focus on Indian Logic in a traditional gurukulam in Bangalore for 12 years. He has worked as a Sanskrit teacher, a comparative religions visiting lecturer (Vanderbilt), a temple priest and as a project manager for the IT company Infosys, the job he retired from about 5 years ago.

Navaneet Galagali is a third generation Sanskrit scholar with fascination for literature and music. His choice of readings and their meticulous translations make epics relevant for contemporary times. He keeps his day job as a Silicon Valley software engineer because we have a world that doesn’t offer poets a livelihood, regardless of their poetic genius.  

The tune for all of their poetry recitations comes from Navaneet’s grandfather, who authored prose and poetry in Sanskrit and Kannada. 

Every poem they offer is a delight and it is an honor to have them as featured poets for our circle.

Hope to see and hear you.  
WHERE:Online - from California

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