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Love: Poems from the Film Il Postino
Poems by Pablo Neruda|
Reading Designed by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar

An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Metamorphosis Theatre and Films

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was probably the greatest and certainly the most prolific of 20th-century Latin American poets. He published his first collection at the age of 17, and quickly developed an assured and distinctive poetic voice.

This poetic evening draws from the poems that are the heart of the film Il Postino, a cinematic fantasy spun from an apocryphal incident in the life of the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate, Pablo Neruda. Few writers of any age have described the pleasures and torments of erotic love with such unsentimental directness and sensual precision. This poetic experience is an amalgamation of the famous early collection Twenty Love Songs and a Song of Despair (1924) to the key works of his maturity, Residence on Earth (1935), Elemental Odes (1954) and the autobiographical Memorial de Isla Negra (1964), all duly celebrated in the film Il Postino.

This reading is designed by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar using movement, music and visual aesthetics along with the text. He writes and directs plays and makes independent feature films and documentaries. He has been teaching Film and Aesthetics and involved in theatre making, poetry and cinema for a decade now and hopes to die painting. He is the Artistic Director of Metamorphosis Theatre and Films and the co-founder and Head of St. Andrew’s Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts.


Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.

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