Antaragni’20: The annual cultural festival of IIT Kanpur

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Antaragni (est.1965), the annual cultural festival of IIT Kanpur, marks an eruption of cultural flair and creative exuberance that is the hallmark of our national diversity in general, and our institute in particular, thus defining the purpose it seeks to fulfill. In view of the ongoing pandemic, Antaragni’20 will be conducted in an online mode while preserving the spirit and zest of our Cultural Festival, to keep the enthusiasm high and the legacy ever golden.

As a part of Antaragni, English Literary Events are conducted every year with full fervour and witness intense participation from literature enthusiasts all over the nation.

The first phase of events of Antaragni’20 will see students participating in two events, Poetry Slam and Creative Writing:

  • The Poetry Slam event: It’s not just what you write; it’s also important how you use it to capture the audience’s imagination. This will serve as an opportunity for Aspiring Poets to try their hand out at the competitive art of performance poetry.
  • The Creative writing event: Weave a web with words to inspire wonder and awe. This is a competition for all the storytellers out there who seek to induce their imagination and creativity on the society.

For detailed insights into the Events (rulebook and submissions) visit and follow Antaragni’s social media handles:

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English Literary Events will have the honour to host certain Inspiring, Proficient and Amazing personalities as Judges to the two events:

Poetry Slam

Creative Writing


The participants of the events will have an opportunity to interact live with the prominent judges of the events, to know about their passion and their work in the field of the literary arts.

Joao-Roque Literary Journal and Café Dissensus will post the winning entries of Creative Writing as well as Poetry Slam on their respective magazine’s website along with their social media handles for thousands of literature enthusiasts to read and be inspired by. This will serve as a wonderful opportunity for all the budding poets and writers to have their thoughts, their creativity as well as their imagination showcased and leave their mark.

As an added advantage Ms. Rochelle Potkar, the Poetry Editor of Joao-Roque Literary Journal, will conduct an online Haibun and Haiku writing workshop which will be open to all participants. A workshop reading and contemplating on haibun, writing your own pieces, and sharing them with the group for critique. Focus would be on first writing haiku, juxtaposing word and imagery, peeling layers of concepts to reach visuals, also peeling layers of human emotion for that distilled brevity of feeling or state.

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