Festival of poetry Kritya2005
Kritya has taken her first step into the vast expanse of the
world of poetry in June -2005.To mark Kritya's achievement we
organized a "celebration of poetry" or poetry festival at the
Museum Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
As we know, poetry, the oldest form of literature, is always
kept alive in other art forms like drama, dance, music and even
painting. So we celebrated it by singing, acting, talking and
Dr. Ayyappa Paniker, the eminent poet who put Malayalam poetry
in the world arena and brought the world literature to Malayalis,
inaugurated the function by reading poetry.
Kavalam Narayana Paniker who has given a new grammar to Indian
theatre, was the chief guest and he read his own, and Ayyappa
B. D Dethan, a great painter from Kerala who has combined the
tradition of Indian and western painting, painted on the spot
while the poems were being rendered.
Kavalam read 'Seethamaareecham Kilippaattu' by Dr. Ayyappa
Panicker, based on the famous Ramayanam episode. Modelled on the
lines of the traditional Kilippaattu by Thunchan, complete with
Phalashruthi, this set the tone for the play on the same subject
staged by the Sopanam troupe. Imbued with the distinct flavour
that is characteristic of Kavalam's productions, it captivated
the audience. Particular mention needs to be made of the Ravana
The short stories of Amrita Preetam have an earthy tang and
several of them feature the travails of the woman subjugated by
the patriarchal society.
This issue came alive in Neeta Mohindra's solo performance, an
adaptation of one of these stories. The protagonist, a seller of
pots, observes that the life of a woman, irrespective of the
strata of society she belongs to, is much the same, one of
exploitation. The array of emotions that flashed on her face and
the freedom from restraints were proof enough that the Spartan
props on the stage did not fetter the accomplished artiste.
The inaugural function was followed by a captivating drama
presentation based on the famous Sanskrit Drama "Ashcharya
choodamani," by Sopanam Troupe. Punjabi artist Neeta Mahendra
acted out Amrita Preetam's story "Kori Handi" (the unsullied mud
pot), which was hailed as a brilliant performance. This was
followed by Rabindra Sangeet by Pallavi Krishnan.
D.Vinayachandran, a famous poet of Kerala, read out one of his
poems. Rendering of the poems of Pash and Rati Saxena( the
editor of Kritya) constituted the grand finale. The festival of
poetry turned out to be an experience of the essence of poetry
involving all the senses and the sensitivity of the heart - a
Jugalbandi of reading, acting, painting and singing. A
combination of Rasa, Raga, and Rhythm in different colours.
Homage to Prabhakar
Prabhakar Chitrakaar was from Chattisgarh. I might have met him
in Dhamatari sometime after a poetry reading, but I don't
remember his face. He wrote to me that he liked my poetry and
wanted to paint on them, as my poetry talks to him. He started
sending me paintings on my poems one after another along with
brief letters. When I dreamt of Kritya, Prabhakar's paintings
were in my mind. I wrote to him about it, but there was no
reply, the first issue of Kritya came out with his paintings,
but Prabhakar was strangely silent. Now I have come to know from
a letter sent by his wife Vimala, the reason for his uncanny
silence. He is no more in this world to paint my poems.
Kritya pays homage to Prabhakar.