11:00 am to 01:00 pm at the Actor Factor Studio, New Delhi

Haiku and haibun appriciation with the noted poet Kala Ramesh

The 2-hour coversation with the noted poet Kala Ramesh will give you an opportunity to understand haiku and haibun, a literary form that originated in Japan but is no longer confined to Japan, and has established itself as a genre in world literature, which has gained momentum in the recent years.



5:00 pm at The Japan Foundation, New Delhi

PANCHABHUTA - A collaborative theatre performance by Vaishali Chakravarty and Kala Ramesh

In the ancient Indian texts the five elements are found to be the basis of all existence and are associated with the five senses. The Japanese form of haiku poetry is also closely associated with the five seasons. Kala Ramesh, a noted haiku poet and Vaishali Chakravarty, a leading theatre actor come together to create a lyrical performance based on her poems exploring the five elements or the Panchabhuta. The poet recites her text and the actor paints her spontaneous visual interpretation with her body as invoked through her five senses.

'Beyond the horizon beyond', book launch by Geeta Dharmarajan

‘beyond the horizon beyond’, is a collections of Kala Ramesh’s eleven years work. It includes 283 haiku arranged into the five elements known as the Panchabhutas, and 41 haibun (haiku embedded prose).


A poet and editor, Kala Ramesh writes and teaches haiku, tanka, haibun and renku to children, undergrads and senior citizens. An external faculty member of the Symbiosis International University Pune since 2012, she teaches Japanese short forms of poetry to undergrads — a first in India.

Passionate about taking haiku to everyday spaces, Kala initiated the ‘HaikuWALL India’ project, which has graffiti artists paint haiku on city walls. Starting in 2006, she has organised five haiku festivals in India so far. Her love for haiku and her many initiatives culminated in the formation of ‘IN Haiku’ in 2013 — bringing Indian haiku poets under one umbrella to promote, enjoy, and sink deeper into the beauty and intricacies of haiku and allied Japanese short forms of poetry.

In collaboration with artists, musicians, and dancers, Kala has given several readings in public places — her recent one was on 24 June at India Habitat Centre Delhi. Kala created the ‘Rasika’ form, an eight-verse renku (collaborative linked verses) fashioned after Matsuo Basho’s non-thematic style.

Kala is Editor at Under the Basho (USA); Editor of the Youth Corner, Cattails (USA); Ex-poetry Editor of (Delhi); Editor of Haiku and Short Verses, Muse India (Hyderabad); Deputy Editor-in-Chief, World Haiku Review (UK) and serves on the editorial team of Living Haiku Anthology and Living Senryu Anthology (USA).


Vaishali Chakravarty is a contemporary theatre practitioner, scholar and educator. In her distinguished career, Vaishali has worked in several full length productions with the Actor Factor Theatre Company. She is also the Group Artistic Director at Actor Factor. Her performances have always found mention in national news publications.

She helps top schools across the country to revamp their drama curriculum. She works with non-profit organizations to introduce drama education in municipal and punchayat schools. She also conducts contemporary speech & drama and communication skills training programs at her several centres in New Delhi and Cochin.

In addition to learning under theatre veterans like Sabitri Devi and Late Heisnam Kanhailal, Vaishali has formally trained in Drama & Speech and has subsequently been awarded the ‘Associate of Trinity College London – (ATCL) Diploma with Distinction’ in 2013 and 'Licentiate of Trinity College London - (LTCL) Degree with Merit' in 2017 in Speech & Drama and Performance Arts respectively. She recently attended the Shakespeare Summer School at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA), London and was also a participant at the International Drama Teachers’ Conference at the Royal National Theatre, London.


Geeta Dharmarajan is a writer, social entrepreneur, and educationist. An award-winning writer for children and adults, she has over 30 years of professional experience having served at the India Today Group of Companies, The University of Pennsylvania and INTACH, before Katha. Her deep interest in how children and communities learn led to her starting Katha in 1988. Her sense of organizational design and pro-poor innovations are the driving force at Katha, and she has to her credit the creation of, inter alia, Katha’s unique story pedagogy and earth-friendly curriculum that help make children families into leaders. She believes that translation is a counter-divisive force in India and has made Katha a respected name in literary translation. She is honorary Chairperson of the National Bal Bhavan, Jawaharlal Nehru’s dream institution for children in India, across social and economic divides. She was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2012 for her contributions in the field of Literature and Education.

Event Details

Haiku & Haibun Appreciation

DATE - 25 December 2017

TIME - 11:00 am to 01:00 pm

FEE - Rs 500/-


Actor Factor Studio

416/2, 3rd Floor, Ghitorni Market,(Lane opposite Metro-Pillar no. 127) MG Road, New Delhi - 110030 (Closest Metro Station: Ghitorni)

Panchabhuta - Collaborative Performance

DATE - 26 December 2017

TIME - 5:00 pm



The Japan Foundation

5A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar, Near Moolchand Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi 110024

For more information

Call Vaishali Chakravarty at +91 9971819966