EDITORS

Chief in Editor-

Dr. Rati Saxena – Poet/ Translator/ Editor (kritya) / Director Poetry festivals-kritya and vedic scholar. She has 11 collections of poetry in Hindi and English and one each in translated in to Malayalam (translated), Irish, and Italian, and English by other poets. Her poems have been translated in other international languages like, Chinees, Vietnam, Albanian , Spanish, Uzbek. Indonesian etc .She has a travelogue in Hindi- “Cheenti ke par”, a Memoire in English-“ Every thing is past tense “. a criticism on famous Malayalam Poet Balamaniyamma’s work. Her research on the Atharvaveda has been published as *The Seeds of the Mind--* a fresh approach to the study of Atharvaveda, under the fellowship of the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts. She has translated about 12 Malayalam works, both prose and poetry, into Hindi and two from Norwagian languages. she has participated in several national seminars and published articles in a number of journals. She secured the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award for translation for the year 2000. She has been invited for poetry reading in prestigious poetry festivals like "PoesiaPresente" in Monza (Italy), Mediterranea Festival (Rome) and International House of Stavanger (Norway), Struga Poetry Evening (Mecidonia) , and '3rd hofleiner donauweiten poesiefestival 2010, Vienna , the prestigious poetry festival in Medellin (Colombia- two times), She is the only indian participant in some imp poetry festivals like - Iran’s Fajr Poetry Festival , International Istanbul Poetry Festival (IIPF) Turkey, 4th international Eskisehir Poetry Festival. Turkey And in China’s Moon Festival and Asia pacific poetry festival 2015 Hanoi She has been invited to some American Universities also to talk about Vedic poetry and recite her own poetry like Mary Mount University in Loss angles and University of Seattle ( USA) , She is one of the three representatives from Asia for World Poetry Movement, which has 37 foundation members around the world. She is the only Indian whose poem has been chosen in popular book of china – 110 modern poems of the world.

 

Guest Editor of the issue-

Babitha JustinBorn in Kerala, South India, Babitha Marina Justin took her PhD in travel writing and gender studies from the University of Hyderabad and an M Phil in Art and Aesthetics from the School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Since then she has been teaching in the Northeastern Hill University, Meghalaya and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Department of Space. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals and her first collection of poems Of Fireflies, Guns and Hills and Other Poems will be published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata. (2015)

Artist of the issue -

VIJENDRA S VIJ

Vijendra S Vij is a self-taught artist in the realm of modern abstract art in the Indian tradition. Born in 1976 at Fatehpur UP, his studied of Art at Museum of Allahabad UP. He did Masters in Graphic Design & Multimedia. Vijendra's works are made of both simplified drawings and detail rendering along with vibrant use of color. His use of color works better with simplified shapes along with small details he often uses in his works. He likes to work on specific themes and create a series of works exploring his subjects in different mediums. Awarded at All India Fine Art & Craft Society (AIFACS). Artist Lives and Works in Delhi since last 16 years.

Phone: +91 9810464520
Email: vijendra.vij@gmail.com
Address 87 H, DIZ Area, Sector 4, BKS Marg
Gole Market, New Delhi, Pin Code-110001 India



Editors

•Savithri Rajjivan- is a noted Malayalam poet and short fiction writer, based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She holds a post-graduate degree in Malayalam literature from the University of Kerala and another from the MS University, Baroda, in fine art criticism. She has taught art history in the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanksrit, Kalady, and is currently an advisory board member of the Central Sahitya Akademi for Malayalam. Widely anthologized, she has published a volume of short fiction and four collections of poetry, most recently Ammaye Kulippikkumbol in 2014.Savithri Rajeevan is a noted Malayalam poet and short fiction writer, based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She holds a post-graduate degree in Malayalam literature from the University of Kerala and another from the MS University, Baroda, in fine art criticism. She has taught art history in the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanksrit, Kalady, and is currently an advisory board member of the Central Sahitya Akademi for Malayalam. Widely anthologized, she has published a volume of short fiction and four collections of poetry, most recently Ammaye Kulippikkumbol in 2014.
Rajeevan makes no attempt to romanticize her subject. Instead, her ability to gaze with quiet, unblinking, sometimes almost childlike clarity at the body transforms it into a thing of wonder and beauty. What makes for effective poetry is that it extends the reader’s ideas of beauty as well. A mother’s wrinkled body becomes an infinitely tender meditation on memory and mutuality. In another haunting poem, skin disease transforms a body into an exquisite mural, a prehistoric cave painting (“That Greek beauty on your thigh,/ filling her basket with flowers:/ her arms reach your knee/ her fingers holding a pale white flower./ She wants nothing/ short of a bison to ride,/ that pitch black beast/ bellowing on your breast.”) In yet another, we see a body emerging from all attempts to etherealize, mythicize or exoticize it, into an undiscovered continent of mystery. A skilful weaver of metaphor, Rajeevan’s poems are luminous and finely shaded, the politics clear but never facile.

Rajeevan is fully aware that of the alchemical power of the human imagination – its ability to confer and alter meaning. A grandmother’s implacable faith can de-colonize the the moon, erasing the footprints of Armstrong and re-enchanting its terrain. Similarly, a diseased body can turn into an artefact, even Altamira, if viewed through the lens of wonder.

It is the lens that makes all the difference. And as a seasoned poet, Rajeevan is capable of viewing her subject from a place of clarity and obliquity at the same time. As she writes in one of her poems, “Glasses are the door/ Through which I talk/ to a stranger, a guest/ And a friend./ Through the glass I speak/ To children, flowers,/ And to God.”
 

•Indira Sadanandan -Poet, Write, translator. she is author of three books , one inMalayalam, “ Mazhakkadukal”and two in English, “ I am the Sea” and “ Soliloquy” She is ready with her more books to be printed. She is attached to kritya for more than three years as Translator of international poets. She is MA in English and MPhil in labour studies. Her address is Krishna Bungaow, Kazhakuttam. PO, Trivandrum 0 695582.





 

 


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