The life of Kabir, a 15th century Indian mystic poet and saint, revered by Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs alike, may seem far removed from today’s world but his poetry had a profound impact on India’s faithscape. A strong, independent thinker, he was critical of religious rites and rituals that he deemed meaningless. The social and practical manifestations of his philosophy, a synthesis of Hindu and Muslim concepts – Kabir called himself at once the child of Allah and Ram – have resonated through the ages and have had a profound impact on both Hinduism and Sikhism.

Join Sudeep Sen, one of India’s foremost modern poets, and guests to discuss Kabir’s enduring legacy, the impact of which still reverberates through Hinduism, Sikhism and into the 21st century world of Bollywood and popular music, from folk to progressive rock.

 

About The Poet

Sudeep Sen

Sudeep Sen is a poet, translator, artist and editor, recognised as one of India’s finest younger poets. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry including ‘Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems’, ‘Distracted Geographies’, ‘Lines of Desire’ and ‘Aria’ which won the A.K. Ramanujan Translation Award. His new collection ‘Erotext: Desire, Disease, Delusion, Dream, Downpour’ is out now.