The Fringe: Live on the Edge
This is where you have no limits. This is the part of TGP 2016 where you can truly be what you want to be and express yourself about anything. This is where the rebels and nonconformists gather and talk about anything and everything.
Fringe/Geekery is the track which hosts the content that doesn’t fit anywhere else. If your talk is the square peg and the other tracks are round, come to Fringe and find your place - we’ll talk about anything that you’re passionate about and want to tell us about. The zanier and more offbeat the better - we don’t have guidelines for Fringe, because there aren’t any - there is no content limitation and no restriction - come and tell us about your passion (except for the overall restrictions placed on politics and religion).
In particular, the geekery aspect of this track is unique: While modern civilisation may exist purely due to technology and the inventions of the gifted geeks among us, there are few platforms where geeks get to communicate and discuss their vision of what can be, and what must be.
This year, we hope to touch upon forward-looking sessions, participate in sessions that bridge the gap between where we are today and the fantastic future that geekdom is envisioning and creating: Renewable energy and the end of the oil economy, Elon Musk, Artificial Intelligence and interplanetary diaspora, and perhaps the end of electronic privacy as a concept.
Proposals with a flavor of futurism, rather than a rehashing of the present, are especially welcome for this track. Promote geekdom, adopt a babygeek today!
Poetry and Rhythm - more accessible than we believe it to be
There are some mindsets around poetry such as - it is tough to understand, only some people’s ball-game, poetry writing cannot be taught, rhythm is tough to write …
The objective is to explore via discussion and an interactive workshop how poetry is much more accessible to us to read and to write that we believe it to be.
At some basic level, all the arts are available to all of us - to create, not only consume. To create any art piece, however tiny, can be a fulfilling liberating experience. Rarely is writing poetry taught to anyone.
In this workshop, participants are invited to get a feel of writing poetry. Via simple fun exercises one can write couplets and small poems that can surprise the writer himself. It would be a different kind of adventure. Writing poetry is not inaccessible and esoteric.
We will explore the role of rhythm in poetry and access poetry via rhythm.
There will be discussions on how to engage with poetry in the first place - as a reader or a writer - and explore where poetry is in our life vs where it can actually be.
A software developer who loves painting, writing and the sky and the trees.
Runs a Hindi poetry website (Kaavyaalaya) since 1997.
Created a software (Rhythm-in-Verse Hindi) that creates a data visualization of the phonetic and temporal patterns in a poem. This software helps people refine their writing. Currently has a user base of around 75 people.
Writes poems in Hindi and English.
- My Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/vani.murarka
- My poems in English: http://manaskriti.com/vani-expressions/category/writings/poetry/
- Rhythm-in-Verse Hindi (Geet Gatiroop): http://manaskriti.com/geet-gatiroop (There is an English interface - please see that, if it helps).
- Kaavyaalaya - the House of Hindi Poetry http://kaavyaalaya.org