Sep 10, 2013

What the ports say: ‘Bhartiya Kavita Bimb’ brings Indian poets under a common banner

Presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Hindi Academy, the two-day confluence of poets ends today

The festival brought together some of the best Indian poets in different languages

New Delhi : They recited, they debated and they discussed Indian poetry as a genre in a remarkable confluence that brought together the best of poetic minds in India. After an eventful two days, ‘Bhartiya Kavita Bimb’ ended today with a powerful message: that Indian poetry is here to stay.

From Marathi, Oriya, Assamese, to Tamil, Hindi and Urdu, Delhi successfully brought together over two days poets from almost all Indian languages on one single platform in a major celebration of Indian poetry and its evolution over time.
It was a delight for the lovers of the poetic tradition, as over 38 poets from 20 Indian languages came together for the festival, a unique tribute to Indian poetry.

Presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Hindi Academy, the ‘Festival of Indian poetry’ that was inaugurated yesterday, was an attempt to celebrate the richness of Indian languages and the compositions they are producing in an era of globalization and exchange when the West has had a major impact on the culture of the world.

The first session was participated in by the likes of Shri Arun Sakhardande (Konkani), Ms Tarannum Riyaz (Urdu), Shri Shivdev Singh ‘Sushil’ (Dogri), Ms Sadhna Sanyal (Assamiya), Dr Kamini Kamayani (Maithili), Shri Ganesh Vidyalankar (Sanskrit), Shri Kuldeep Salil (Hindi), Dr D S Pkhariya (Hindi), Shri Ramkumar ‘Krishak’ (Hindi), and Dr Divik Ramesh (Hindi).

The second session of the day was attended by eminent poets including  Shri Radhenath Masarrat (Kashmiri), Dr Preetidhara Samal (Odiya), Dr Jeetram Bhatt (Sanskrit), Ms remika Thapa (Nepali), Shri Mukesh Manas (Hindi), Shri Rajendra Upadhyaya (Hindi), Dr Bhartendu Mishra (Hindi), Dr Amarnath ‘Amar’ (Hindi), and Shri Suresh Yadav (Hindi).

The 2 days festival oversaw four sessions during which the poets came together and recited some of their best works.

The festival is a twin celebration of poetry and the emotions it evokes as well as the poetic evolution of various Indian languages and how they complement each other.

“We are deeply satisfied by the response this festival has generated. People liked and loved the coming together of so many Indian languages on one platform,” said Dr Harisuman Bisht, renowned author and Secretary of Hindi Academy.

“Be it in Hindi, English, Urdu or Tamil, poetry evokes a sea of emotions. With greater interactions and exchanges between different languages, poetic traditions also evolve over time and grow richer and more beautiful. It has been a tradition of our composite culture that every segment of it has imbibed values from parallel traditions. Put in a nutshell, the different languages and cultures in India are so different, yet in a way they are also reflections of each other. This is what we are celebrating,” he added.

About Hindi Academy

Hindi Academy was established in 1981 by the then government of Delhi to promote Hindi language, literature and the culture associated with it. Under Delhi government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Hindi Academy has been working incessantly since its establishment to promote Hindi language and literature.

Every two years, the Chief Minister of Delhi, as the Chairperson of the Academy, appoints a 25 member organizing committee comprising of 25 reputed writers, literature doyens, journalists etc. The committee is in charge of the organization of all major programmes and activities of the Academy aimed at promoting Hindi literature and its culture.

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