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Poetry

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet and artist, and also makes video films. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, she has received the Cholmondley Award and an Honorary Doctorate from SOAS, and has been Poet in Residence, Cambridge University Library. She has six collections of poems, including Over the Moon and the latest, Luck Is the Hook, all published by Bloodaxe Books UK. She has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings around the world, and scripts and directs video films, many of them for non-government organisations working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.

Here, she reads a selection of her works inspired by items from the exhibition.

First verse of the Third song:ललितलवङ्गलतापरिशीलनकोमलमलयसमीरे॥मधुकरनिकरकरम्बितकोकिलकूजितकुञ्जकुटीरे॥१॥विह
Radha spies on Krishna

This work is inspired by an illustration from the Ghita Govinda

A Mughal copy of the Persian classic the Gulistan ('Rose Garden') by the thirteenth century Iranian poet Sadi of Shiraz. Abdul Muttalib Khan, a nobleman and personal attendant of Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605), commissioned the master calligrapher Muhammad
Face to Face

Another response to the works in the exhibition

Illustration to Book 7 of the Bhagavata Purana, Chapter 5: Hiranyakashipu throws Prahlada off his lap after he again expresses devotion to Vishnu and orders his demons to kill him. The sage Shukracharya looks on as the king throws his son down from his th
Demon's rule

This worl taakes inspiration from an illustration from the Bhagavata Purana

A Mughal copy of the Persian classic the Gulistan ('Rose Garden') by the thirteenth century Iranian poet Sadi of Shiraz. Abdul Muttalib Khan, a nobleman and personal attendant of Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605), commissioned the master calligrapher Muhammad
The rose garden

This work is inspired by the Sa'di, of Shiraz

A Mughal copy of the Persian classic the Gulistan ('Rose Garden') by the thirteenth century Iranian poet Sadi of Shiraz. Abdul Muttalib Khan, a nobleman and personal attendant of Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605), commissioned the master calligrapher Muhammad
Story

Another work inspired by the Sa'di, of Shiraz

A princess on a balcony gazes out over a stormy night sky and conjures a vision of the Hindu god Krishna covered in pink and yellow dye as they revel in a forest grove. Reverie and reality overlap as the ladies in the palace peer down from the palace onto
Regarding

This work was inspired by an 18th century album of depictions of Hindu mythology