report on Festival of Poetry by Bhawani Cheerath in India's
national daily "The Hindu" on Friday 24,2005
of poetry' by Bhawani Cheerath
It has been a labour of love for Rati Saxena. And it showed in
the novel event put together to launch the bilingual web journal
dedicated to poetry - www.kritya.in, the first of its kind, the
poet-researcher turned academic avers.
-Dr. Ayyappa Panicker will talk poetry, Kavalam will act poetry,
B.D. Dethan will paint poetry,' said the intriguing invitation
card, which whetted one's curiosity. There were more offerings
on the platter: Rabindra Sangeet, budding writer Kalyani's
sensitive poetry reading, a Punjabi play, a high-decibel
rendition of his own poem by D. Vinayachandran, recitation of
the passionately committed poem of Punjabi poet Paash, to name a
This maiden effort, according to Dr Saxena is meant to be a
window for the poetry lover. She tells you that Hindi poetry,
now available on the Net, is usually the contribution of the
non-resident Indian who is unable to keep in touch with the new
poets, styles and trends.
in Hindi and English will knit poetry lovers from all corners of
the globe. The Indology scholar adds, every corner of the
country will be represented in Kritya and true to her words, the
next issue will focus on poetry from the North Eastern region.
The Kashmir Times, Jammu
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Dogri poetry special number of www.kritya.in released
'Literature binds hearts, can create new world'
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, July 4; Art and literature unite the hearts so efforts
should be made to use them as a binding force to create a "new
world" imbuing only peace and prosperity -- was the underlying
message on the momentous occasion of release ceremony of first
ever Dogri poetry special number of web magazine www.kritya.in
The function was organized by Organisation. of Art, Culture,
Languages (OACL), Kerala on the occasion of "Kavita Utsav- II"
in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages
(JKAACL) at Abhinav Theatre. Web magazine was released by OACL
founder Director Dr Rati Saxena, who was the guest of honour in
the function, while Chairman 'The Kashmir Times' group of
publications Ved Bhasin graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Dr Rati Saxema, while releasing Dogari poetry special number of
web magazine dwelt at length about the web magazine and
explained the objective and inspiration behind this determined
revolutionary effort. 'Kritya is not just a web magazine but an
institution. It is a belief as through it we are striving hard
to bring Indian literature at par with international
literature,' she averred.
Rati maintained that J&K had always been a 'dreamland' for her
since childhood. 'it has inspired poets from across the country.
As far as literature from this place is concerned. it is simply
wonderful. It would take generations to grasp its essence. This
reflects the spirit of India. This was why we thought to launch
our regional web magazine with Dogri poetry special number. Just
to launch web magazine is not our aim, our main objective is to
connect the people. We want to focus on different aspects of
literature including music and art, Rati added.
She appreciated the cqntribution of literateurs in this regard,
who she said were extending their full cooperation even in the
absence of any, financial assistance. Rati ;announced that soon
special numbers would he released on poetry in Kashmiri language
and even in foreign language.
Bhashin, in his address, congratulated Rati for making an effort
to explore literary gems of regional languages so to provide
them an exposure at the international level.
"Regional languages have a literary treasure trove, which needs
to be explored and brought at the international level. Regional
languages imbue the real essence of unity in diversity and this
is a matter of pride that Kritya has chosen Dogri language to
make foray into the world of regional languages in the form of
web magazines," Bhasin asserted. He hoped that the effort would
bring the language at international level.
He stated that although Dogari is an old language and has a rich
literature too but a literary vacuum for longer period hampered
"However, in the forties, a group of dedicated litterateurs
including Prof R N Shastri, Yash Sharma. Ved Pal Deep and K S
Madhukar revolutionized the scenario and made vigorous efforts
to cover up the loss of six centuries in six decades and earned
the language its due proud status, he recalled while
particularly mentioning about the role of Dogri Sanstha in this
Bhasin averred that languages and literature still break the
barriers and unite the hearts. "They still have the power to
change the world and create a new world, with peace and
prosperity us its innate characters." Bhasin remarked.
He suggested that in the web mugazine, the Dogri poems should be
carried along with the translation so that the people can be
acquainted with the intricacies and nuances of the language.
Earlier in his welcome address, noted literateur of the state
and online editor '.www.kritya.in'. Dr. Agnishekhar stressed
the need to keep pace with the changing times in terms of
literature as well.
"Literature or more appropriately, languages. which are a means
of communication, are also changing in the era of Globalisation
and "Industrialization," he maintained while referring to the
changing role of languages.
Agnishekhar pointed out that Kritya comprises the selection of
best poems ,of Hindi and English and with the release of Dogri
poetry special number, now Dogri literature too would be
available on web thus providing an opportunity to carve its
niche at international level.
An exhibit ion of Dogari Kavita posters was yet another
attraction in the function besides Dogri Street play "Dheeth"
presented by Rangyug artists. The play portrays the spectre of
present day Jammu and the problems confronted by it. The
performance touched almost every aspect of city life ranging
from population explosion to pollution and even loss of moral
Naina Sapru sang Dori folk song 'Pal Bhar Bat Jana Kol Jinde while Nirbhey Singh Salathia presented 'Meri Gali Cha Phera Dall
Ja Tu, Mera Jee Ni Lagda. Next was the duet folk song by Naina
Sapru and Nirbhey Singh 'Kapde Dhoaan Kanne Roaan Kunjua Bitch
In poetry recitation, Raj Kumar Behrupia, noted actor .of
Rangyug recited Kehri Singh Madhukar's poem 'Be Chiraag Bastiyan'
followed by Muain Par Mulah Jade Mane Cha Jaldi Jalan Aih Mere
Samen Da Chalan Aih
Chanchal Sharma Dogari singer and Dr. Sudhir Mahajan, noted
Theatrist recited the poems of Padma Sachdev and Mohan Lal
Proceedings were ably conducted by a young poet, art critic
Kunwar Shakti Singh while another young Urdu literateur Liaqat
Jafri presented of thanks.
More of news
Kaleidoscope of strains
''Kritya 2007," an international festival of poetry, will
be held from July 21 to 23.
Kritya is not only my dream but
the dream of many poets and artists.
Moving force: Rati Saxena
The rhythm of words, the music in their language and the
mindscapes of poets drawn from all over the globe meet in
Thiruvananthapuram to celebrate poetry.
'Kritya 2007, an international poetry festival being held at Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan from July 21 to 23, will transform
itself into the melting pot of voices that celebrates life in
all its varying shades.
Kritya, a bi-lingual (English and Hindi) poetry e-journal,
completes three years of its existence this year and the
festival is a tribute to Ayyappa Panikar, the poet who gave
poetry a new idiom.
In the words of Rati Saxena, the prime moving force behind the
web-journal and the poetry fete, "Kritya is not only my dream
but the dream of many poets and artists. When we thought of a
festival, I preferred July, when the plants, trees and even the
sands of Kerala enjoy the month. I chose this time to feel the
spirit of Kerala while enjoying its literary feast."
The poetry reading sessions spread over two days becomes a
kaleidoscope of strains from Korea, Ireland, Croatia, Italy,
Iran, Germany and Hong Kong. From India it is poesy in Marathi,
Bangla, Kannada, Kashmiri, Tamil and Malayalam brought to you by
poets of standing like, Loknath Yashwant, Utpal Basu, Kamala M.R.,
Agni Shekhar, Neela Padmanabhan, and O.N.V. Kurup.
The session for Malayalam reads like a veritable 'Who's Who' of
Malayalam poetry - Sugatha Kumari, K. Satchidanandan, Kavalam
Narayana Paniker, Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri.
Painting to the strains of Ayyappa Panikar's lines will be
artists B. D. Dethan, Lizzie Jacob, and Suresh. Turning poetry
into motion will be Shirin Badihian Sadeghi (Iran), Massimo
Sannelli (Italy), Mani Rao (Hong Kong), Anupama R and Paul
Chandy Kayalackakom (Kerala).
An interesting inclusion in the calendar of events is folk
poetry by Thankappan Asan and his team and a Koodiyattom
performance led by Painkulam Narayana Chakyar.
& the New
By N Marion Hage
The term underground took on a bad connotation when it became
associated with malicious groups, but it once referred to cool
people doing cool things, specifically in music and art. Fans
want more than is available to the masses, the equivalent of
artistic fastfood. In the past, they drove to obscure towns and
visited backrooms, wherever fresh art and poetry was being
served, aware there's more to life than what "pop culture"
offered. Now they go online. Creative minds push expectations
and boundaries as a rule, and are always far ahead of "corporate
America." Formulaic trends stifle artists who long to branch
out. By the time "cool" catches on and corporate forces jump
aboard to capitalize on something fresh, cool stops being cool.
Markets contentedly milk dead cows and push out cheap imitations
of less creative minds, as long as the audiences buy. But
audiences are becoming more sophisticated and discriminate,
sickened of the hack-work of commercialism. Underground poetry
and music are not new. They've co-existed since the earliest
days of radio, giving us the best alternatives to mainstream
canned noise, pabulum, and wooden formats that choke discerning
listeners. Today's radio offers no formats for the Bob Dylans or
Allen Ginsbergs of this generation, two music/poetic
counterparts made famous by the 1960's Underground. What was
once limited to local coffee houses
has spread to the Internet, where entire chat rooms turned into
forums where poets gather daily. Poetry is exploding on the
Internet, luring new audiences, international audiences. In
these new platforms people can share their wares in real time.
Because of this, these mediums continue to grow and change as
technology allows. Creative minds forever look for new ways to
express their artistic gifts, and if you are creativity-starved,
I invite you to join the feast. Brilliance and healthy
alternatives to mainstream mush is only a mouse-click away.Here
is a partial listing of some of the coolest places on the
planet: One of the best interactive communities on the 'net is
Absolute Write Water Cooler, the creation of author Jenna
Glatzer. Absolute Write's lively poetry forum is moderated by
William Haskins, a genuinely unique and brilliant mind with a
penchant for starting interesting threads.You'll find people at
all levels of the poetic ladder there, pros and amateurs. If you
are established or want to test out your own creations, try
Absolute Write: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forum
display.php?f=14 The Argoboat Poet Society was founded by
the engaging mind of Argo Spear, a profound thinker who created
a mythological story of poetic voices, including Lyn Lifshin,
who is arguably the most prolific poetry writer in the world,
coming from around the world to unite in an adventurous journey.
Climb aboard at: http://users.skynet.be/spier/argoboatindex2.ht
you are looking for unique flavor, Kritya Journal was founded by
author Rati Saxena, a scholar recognized throughout India and
one of the loveliest souls in poetry. Each issue is published in
both English and Hindi. Try a different spice with Kritya:
http://www.kritya.in/ Some like their poetry mixed with art,
photography, commentary, and short stories. Andwerve Literary
Journal from Los Angeles offers all of these. Andwerve is the
handiwork of Nate Nieman, who, with the help of Jose Deerborn,
put together a literary showcase to bring in talent from around
the world. Renee
Ballerini, the publisher of Literati Magazine from Italy,
recently joined the staff as the new managing editor. Andwerve's
staff pours infectious enthusiasm into its work, pushing beyond
the bounds of ordinary. Each month it features established and
new poets and have poetic roundtable discussions. Andwerve is
the hub of the vibrant "worldwide poetic wheel," providing the
best of new and established artists and writers: http://andwerve.com/june06_issue
Final Thoughts: The Poetic Underground is a response to a
growing need. Those who were familiar with the music of the late
'60s consider this the pinnacle of music creativity.
Corporations came in, lassoed creativity, and wrung it dry of
inspiration. They bought up television and radio stations and
dictated to the hearers what they could listen to. Markets think
money, not sense. Artists can't exist in a cage, and think
creatively. They will always looks for a street corner,
abandoned building, or chat room on the Internet. The web allows
for exploration where markets are afraid to follow.
Recommended Literary Links and Poetry Links
There is a lot of poetry on the Internet. And yes, a lot of this
poetry is "personal poetry" and some of it is quit e simply bad.
However, there are a number of excellent on-line poetry forums,
and here are some of our favorites. We hope you will take the
time to explore these links, which are categorized into Literary
Sites, Resources for Writers and Individual Poets' Sites. This
page is updated monthly, with our "picks of the month" appearing
first under Literary Sites. Kritya, edited by Rati Saxena, is an
on-line poetry journal that publishes poetry in English and
Hindi. We highly recommend that our readers visit Kritya often
and keep up with what's happening in Indian and other poetic