Years ago I organized some Open Mics around Colombo and this young poet Imaad, AKA Saint Fallen, came onstage and held a burning match and read. I was quite impressed then, and he was really into the poetry scene. Now him and a very talented poet Krishantha are organizing a series of Poetry Pilaus at the Hansa Coffee House on Fife Road. I went this weekend and it was quite good.
I’ve included video here. If anyone objects please mail me.
Above is Kei Watanabe, singing what I thought was a very charming song she wrote.
This is a gentleman reading a poem from a collection of translations. He reads first in Sinhala and then in English. The first poem he read was shorter and great. It was, if I may paraphrase. ‘Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a private bus where the driver has not come yet, and the conductor drives at high speed.’ This poem was by Priyankarage Bandula Jayaweera of Matara. These translations come from a collective called Boondi. I’m trying to track down where to get them and to see if they’d be interested in publishing some online.
This is a poem sung by the amazing Nedra Vittachi. She’s a great writer and journalist and a truly charming woman. Prassana read from her book of poems which you can get, er, at his house.
The Poetry Pilau is held at the Hansa Coffee Shop on Fife Road, which I think it’s about to grow out of. The thing is about two perches and had at least 25 people perched in there. I’ll post when the next is. I recommend, and will try to write something proper for the next.
Natalie Soysa has some great photos of the event.