A evening to interact, listen and enjoy the free verse Poetry in English and French, Haiku and Gazals …

An interactive Poetry Reading session by Jhilam Chattaraj, Elizabeth Kurian ‘Mona’, Dr. Srividya Sivakumar and Paresh Tiwari will be held at Alliance Française Hyderabad Auditorium on Friday, 28th September a 6.30pm. The theme is on the rhythms of various relationships.


Jhilam Chattaraj

Jhilam Chattaraj is currently working as an Assistant Professor at R.B.V.R.R Women’s

College, Department of English, Hyderabad. She divides her time between teaching, academic research and creative writing. Her area of interest includes English Literature, Popular Culture, New Media, Indian Writing in English, New Literatures in English, Cultural Studies and Communication skills. Her academic and creative writings have been published in national and international journals. She is the author of the books, Corporate

Fiction: Popular Culture and the New Writers (2018) and When Lovers Leave and Poetry Stays (2018).


Elizabeth Kurian ‘Mona’

The poet:Elizabeth Kurian ‘Mona’ of Hyderabad, India, is a multilingual poet who writes / translates in English, Urdu, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi. She has ten books including translations to her credit. She is a recipient of several awards for her poetry, including two from Urdu Academies at Lucknow and Hyderabad , the latest one being the Rabindranath Tagore Award 2017-International from www.xpresscommunications.com for English Poetry. She is associated with a number of literary groups and is the Secretary of the multilingual poetry group Sahitya Sangam International, Hyderabad. Mona took early retirement as Manager from the Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai to devote her time totally to her literary pursuits.

Some of her English poems have been translated to French, and few of these French poems will be read  by Rebecca Vedavathy.


Rebecca Vedavathy

Rebecca is a full-time researcher, teacher, poet and literature lover who works on Francophone Literatures at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She was recently awarded the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship for her work and has served as a research intern at the University of Quebec, Montréal.

She was awarded the Poetry with Prakriti Contest in 2016 and has been longlisted for the Toto Creative Writing Awards for two consecutive years (2017, 2018). She also earned a special mention in the Wordweavers Poetry Contest, 2017. She was invited to participate in the Manipal Writers Workshop (Poetry) with Arundhathi Subramaniam in December 2017. Her poetry appears in The Sunflower Collective, Mascara Literary Review, Australia, Allegro Poetry Magazine, UK, Narrow Road Magazine. Her poetry was also anthologised for the Bangalore Poetry Festival collection in 2016.


Dr. Srividya Sivakumar (Ph.D.)

Poet, teacher, columnist, and speaker.

Dr. Srividya Sivakumar is a critically-acclaimed poet. Her second book, The Heart is an Attic, was published in 2018 by Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata. The Heart is an Attic debuted as the #1 New Release in Indian Literature on the Amazon global website, in March 2018. Its second edition is now in print.

Her first collection of verse, The Blue Note was published in December 2012 by Writers Workshop, Kolkata. Her poems feature in an anthology of contemporary Indian poetry, The Peacock’s Cry. Three of her poems feature in, ‘40 under 40,’ An Anthology of Post-Globalisation Poetry, published by Poetrywala, Mumbai. Her work also finds a place in the Kritya anthology of poetry, in Samyukta – A Journal of Women’s Studies, MuseIndia.com, Kritya.com, Rebellesociety.com, Noble/Gas Qtrly, the Ethos Literary Journal, SAATA.org and the Temple of Poetry magazine. One of her poems-Bamboo– from the Ethos Journal has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology.

In her nineteen-year teaching career, she has taught English in its different forms, for competitive exams like the IAS and CAT, General English for undergraduate students and English Literature in undergraduate and post-graduate studies.

She wrote a weekly column- Running on Poetry– for the Coimbatore Metroplus Saturday edition, Melange, from February 2014 till December 2016.

Dr Srividya is a TEDx speaker and was invited to speak at TEDx GCT and TEDxKids@RSPuram, in 2013.

She holds an M.S. in Education Management and a post graduate diploma in Advertising and Communication.

Dr. Srividya has a Ph.D. in English Literature. Her thesis is titled ‘The Image of Women in the Novels of Salman Rushdie.’


Paresh Tiwari

 Poet, artist, and editor,  Paresh Tiwari has been widely published, especially in the sub-genre of Japanese poetry. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he has published two widely acclaimed collections of poetry. Raindrops chasing Raindrops, his latest collection of hybrid poems has found an honourable mention at the ‘Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards – 2017’.

He is the resident cartoonist for Cattails, a journal by United haiku and tanka society, USA and the serving haibun editor of the literary journal Narrow Road, a tri-annual e- publication.

Paresh has been invited to read his works at various literature festivals including the Goa Art and Lit Fest and has conducted haiku and haibun workshops at Arcs of a Circle, Mumbai, Hyderabad International Literature Festival, SIES College, and the British Council Library, Mumbai.