International poetry Festival Kritya2008

Kritya 2008, the fourth poetry festival celebrated by the Kritya organization, was held in Chandigarh (Punjab) in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council and with the support of the Sahitya Akademi, CILL Mysore and other literary bodies in different countries.
During the three days of this Poetry Festival, we had readings of almost 50 prominent poets.
They included Ramakant Rath (Oriya) , Odveig Klyve (Norway), Keki Daruwala ( English), Natalia Toledo, Evelyn Holloway (Austria), Nand Kishor Acharya (Hindi), Triin Soomets (Estonian), Rocio Gonzalez (Mexico), Mamang Dai (Arunachal Pradesh), Hanane Aad (Lebanon, Uktamkhon Kholdorova (Uzbekistan), Kunwar Narayan (Hindi), Udaya Narayana Singh (Maithili), Ajmer Rode (Punjabi), Jaswant Deed (Punjabi), Parmindrejit (Punjabi), Jaswinder (Punjabi), Devneet (Punjabi), Nirupma Dutt (Punjabi), Neeru Aseem (Punjabi),
Dr. S. S. Noor ( Punjabi), Shri Kikkeri Narayan ,Purnima Varman, Vishvanath Prasad Tiwari (Hindi), Santokh Singh Dheer (Punjabi), Satyapal(Hindi), K. Satchidananadan (Malayalam), Margus Lattik (Estonia), Robin S Ngangom (Imphal, Manipur), Chandra Prakash Deval ( Rajasthani) , Dilip Jhaveri (Gujrati), John Siddique (Irish), Vanita ( Punjabi), Surjit Juj ( Punjabi), Swaranjit Savi ( Punjabi), Araceli Mancilla Zayas (Mexico), Shambhu Badal (Hindi), Jiban Narah (Assam-India), Peter Waugh (Vienna), Surjit Patar ( Punjabi), Rati Saxena (Hindi), and Amit Kalla (Hindi).

"In the sacred navel of our dreams"

-Ayyappa Panikkar

An Exhibition of Paintings by young contemporary artists was organized at the festival;
Arti Kadam (Pune), Amit Kalla (Jaipur), Daniel Connel (Australia), Divya Pandey (Allahabad), Kaustubha Pandey (Allahabad), Kuldeep Singh (Chhattisgarh), Vijay Kadam (Pune), Vijendra S Vij (New Delh), Vishal Bhuvania (Indore), Yogendra Kr. Purohit (Bikaner)

Speech of Rati Saxena

In this time of global crisis, we are all looking forward to a society oriented towards esthetic and wise solutions to keep ourselves from many kinds of artificial problems. And this was our aim at the Poetry Festival, Kritya 2008. In this land of ancient culture, we were there to reorganize and regenerate ourselves with the help of poetic thought. Poetry is indeed the most neglected but most important path to real knowledge and understanding in modern society. It is a human approach that will help us understand our universe, environment, society and self. This is the understanding which would lead us to more enduring resolutions.

Kritya Festival's unalloyed mission is to achieve harmony, both cultural and linguistic. It will widen the scope and reach of global literature, arts and culture, and fulfill its goal of promoting the aesthetic experience through poetry and the allied art forms. It will also provide a common forum for poetry-lovers all over the world to come together, showcase their talents and exchange views.

Kritya 2008, the fourth poetry festival celebrated by the Kritya organization, was held in Chandigarh (Punjab) in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council and with the support of the Sahitya Akademi, CILL Mysore and other literary bodies in different countries. Now, once again I am back in my office, at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, relishing the memories of the festival. When I left Kerala for the festival, I was rather apprehensive of its success, as arranging such a festival in a new place is not a very easy task. But as I always feel, Kritya finds her way out of any difficult situation, on her own.

I started from Kerala all alone with a lot of worries, and books. Amit, the young poet and artist joined me in Delhi. When I reached Chandigarh, a young energetic writer Kripal joined me in my mission. Vijendra Vij was regularly working from Delhi. Shalbha, the Trustee of Kritya, joined us on 13th evening, and I must say that these four young supporters were the pillars of the success of Kritya 2008.

The guests of Kritya started coming to Chandigarh from the 12th evening itself. And by the 14th morning, we had poets from all over the world. Our inaugural session started at 10 a.m at the Punjab Art council. It was inaugurated by a great Indian poet Kunwar Narain ji, who had recently received the Jnanpeeth Award, which is considered the biggest award in India. The function was presided over by Dr. Swarn Singh, the Principal Secretary of the Punjab Government.

Immediately after the inauguration, the first poetry session commenced. The renowned Oriya poet Ramakant Rath ji was the first poet to recite his poems. The English translations of his poems were shown by projector on the screen and the Punjabi translations were read by the Punjabi poet Vanita. It was a wonderful experience for the audience to get the taste of poetry in their own language, side by side with the original language of composition. The senior most poet of the Indian poetic world, his poetry certainly had a significant impact on the audience. Then came Odvieg, with her small poems that attracted everyone?s attention. Once the poetry session started, every one got deeply involved in poetry. It was wonderful to find that people from all walks of life came to listen to these poetic sessions. Amazingly enough, I even saw a few people in monks? habit. That is what we want ? that poetry should reach out to all categories of people.

Following the first session, we had the second and third sessions. After that we had a session devoted to Punjabi Poetry. On the first day we had the good fortune to listen to some noted poets like Ramakant Rath, Dheer, Odvieg, Keki Daruwala, K Satchidanandan, Kunwar Narain, Nand Kishor Acharya. Vishvanath Prasad Tiwari , Tirrin, Vanita and others. We enjoyed listening to Sufi music on the first night, which transformed the mood of the audience. Next day we had poetry from morning to night. It was like a poetry Yaga. A number of good poets recited their poetry. The great thing was that no one wanted to move out of the auditorium, though they got tired sitting so long.

During the three days of this Poetry Festival, we had readings of almost 50 prominent poets. They included Ramakant Rath (Oriya) , Odveig Klyve (Norway), Keki Daruwala ( English), Natalia Toledo, Evelyn Holloway (Austria), Nand Kishor Acharya (Hindi), Triin Soomets (Estonian), Rocio Gonzalez (Mexico), Mamang Dai (Arunachal Pradesh), Hanane Aad (Lebanon, Uktamkhon Kholdorova (Uzbekistan), Kunwar Narayan (Hindi), Udaya Narayana Singh (Maithili), Ajmer Rode (Punjabi), Jaswant Deed (Punjabi), Parmindrejit (Punjabi), Jaswinder (Punjabi), Devneet (Punjabi), Nirupma Dutt (Punjabi), Neeru Aseem (Punjabi),
Dr. S. S. Noor ( Punjabi), Shri Kikkeri Narayan ,Purnima Varman, Vishvanath Prasad Tiwari (Hindi), Santokh Singh Dheer (Punjabi), Satyapal(Hindi), K. Satchidananadan (Malayalam), Margus Lattik (Estonia), Robin S Ngangom (Imphal, Manipur), Chandra Prakash Deval ( Rajasthani) , Dilip Jhaveri (Gujrati), John Siddique (Irish), Vanita ( Punjabi), Surjit Juj ( Punjabi), Swaranjit Savi ( Punjabi), Araceli Mancilla Zayas (Mexico), Shambhu Badal (Hindi), Jiban Narah (Assam-India), Peter Waugh (Vienna), Surjit Patar ( Punjabi), Rati Saxena (Hindi), and Amit Kalla (Hindi).

We also had an open forum, in which the poets in the age groups 15 - 85 took part. Nayan Thara, a young poet from Kerala, came all the way to take part in this forum. This shows the importance of Kritya?s poetry festivals.

This time, the highlight of Kritya?s Poetry Festival was the art exhibition in which nine young artists displayed their artistic creations. Amit Kalla, Arti V Kadam, Daniel Connell, Divya Pande, Kuldeep Singh, Vijendra Vij , Vishal Bhuwania , Vijay Kadam and Yogendra Kumar Purohit were the artists who added a personal touch to the festival with their excellent creations. We had a double recording of festival, one in video, and the other in the sketches by these talented artists.

At the end of the Poetry Festival, the poet from Uzbekistan started dancing on the stage. All the others joined her on the stage and this was indeed a wonderful culmination to three days of poetic feast. In the evening we all went on a visit to the Rock Garden and met that great artist Neck Singh ji, who designed this marvelous garden.

Once again, Kritya's poetry festival remains as a treasured memory in the minds of all who shared the joys of this occasion
 

Rati Saxena

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Kritya's commitment to poetry is endorsed in the timely issues of its web journal circulated online on the very first of every month. The poems included transcend time and space speaking through the universal language of poetry and the arts. The stake is high for the unseen hands that work overtime to publish the journal on time.


KRITYA 2008 - II INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL AT CHANDIGARH


It is festival season for art lovers the world over as Kritya, a renowned cultural foundation, is all geared up to celebrate poetry and painting in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council, actively supported by the Sahitya Akademi and CIIL, Mysore. Kritya2008 scheduled for November 14th 15th and 16th, will once again celebrate the borderless domains of art and culture. The third in a row of successful annual festivals, Kritya will strive to add another milestone in its annals.
Kritya's unalloyed mission is to achieve harmony both cultural and linguistic. It will widen the scope and reach of global literature, arts and culture and fulfill its goal of promoting the aesthetic experience through poetry and the allied art forms. It will also provide a common forum for poetry-lovers all over the world to come together, show case their talent and exchange views.
Kritya2007 organised at Trivandrum, Kerala, drew several well known poets from Italy, Ireland, Hongkong, Belgium, US besides India. Varied voices greeted the festival of muses at the Kritya 2007, International Poetry Festival held at Vaillopalli Samskriti Bhavan in Trivandrum on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd of July. A delegation of more than seventy poets and litterateurs the world over gathered for the occasion. The festival was a tribute to the great poet, late Dr. Ayyappa Pannikker and co-sponsored by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (Ministry of External Affairs) and the Government of Kerala. An anthology of international poetry edited by Dr. Rati Saxena and co-edited by Joneve Mc.Cormick and Christina Pacosz, was also released on the occasion.

Kritya2008 will be held in Chandigarh on 14,15 and 16 of Novemebr 2008. Around thirty renowned poets from all around the world will congregate at Chandigarh for the event. Among them Margus Lattik-Estonia, Odveig Klyve Norway, Uktamoy and Hudoykulova - Uzbekistan, Naim Araidi-Israel, Triin Soomets Estonia,Araceli Mancilla Zayas Mexico, Elisa Biagini-Italy, Evelyn Holloway, John Siddique, Peter Waugh, , ROCIO GONZALEZ, and Hanane Aad - Lebanese. Great name from India include Nand Kishore Acharya, Ramakant Rath, K.Satchidananadan, A. Krishna Murthy, Keki Daruwalla, Udaya N. Singh, Kunwar Narain, Arun Kamal, Mangalesh Dabral, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Dilip Jhaveri, Mamang Dai, Jiban Narah, Robin S Ngangom, Chandra P. Deval, S. S. Noor, Kikkeri Narayan, Vishvanath Tivari, Shambhu Badal, Purnima Varman,Vijay Shankar , Amit kalla, Rati Saxena among others. The programme will have sessions of poetry readings, panel discussions and interactive sessions with the poets. A chapbook competition has also been well received and the winner will be announced at the festival. Details of the event have been posted on Kritya's website. www.kritya.in. As is customary for Kritya an anthology of poetry will be released on the occasion.
Kritya's director, Dr. Rati Saxena, is the relentless spirit behind the venture. She is also the chief editor of its successful bilingual web journal devoted to poetry and translations. Surjit Pater is the Host diretor of Poetry Festival. Kritya has grown in stature and its acknowledged international status cannot be contested as Argo Spiers, its Western Consultant for Kritya2007, aptly records, the dream of Doctor Saxena, her advisors and the Trustees of Kritya to establish an expanding space for global literature, art and culture to flourish through the tools of translation, publication, performance, interaction and interchange of literary ideas among various languages and cultures can be realized. The 'child of Kritya that was born at Kritya2007' may indeed become a much appreciated movement with a fixed international dimension.
Kritya's commitment to poetry is borne out through suggestions to forge international collaborations from various Arts councils who have recognized Kritya's efforts to propagate the arts regardless of all barriers.
Kritya engagement with arts and the esthetic experiences through poetry and allied art form has always manifested it self in the blending of the visual and the poetic. On the occasion of the festival an art exhibition has been envisaged kritya will afford a forum for art lovers of the world over to witness a visual extravaganza through the work of upcoming Indian Artist the exhibition in the exhibition gallery of Punjab Arts Council and will be open to the public on all days of Poetry festival. Amit kalla , Divya Pandey,Daniel Connell, Kuldeep Singh, Yogendra Kumar Purohit, Vijay Kadam,Vishal Bhuwania are a few names , taking part in Art Exhibition.
Please visit festival site- http://www.kritya.in/Kritya2008/kritya2008.html


Rati Saxena

Director -poetry festival

Kritya2008

kp 9/624, Vaijayant, Chettikunnu

Medical College Po

Trivandrum 695011

Kerala

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PROGRAMME

Kritya2008


Day -I

Friday, 14th November 2008


Inaugural Session - 9.30 AM to 11.00 AM

9.30 - 9.32- National Anthem
9.32 - 9.35 - Prayer
9.35 - 9.40- Opening Speech by Dr. Rati Saxena, Director, KRITYA 2008
9.40 - 9.45 - Inauguration of the festival by lighting the lamp - Chief Guest,
9.45 - 9.55- Speech by Host Director Dr Surjit Patar
10.05 -10.10- Presidential Address - Dr. Swarn Singh ? President Punjab Arts Council
10.10-10.40- Speech by Chief Guest-SARDAR MANPREET SINGH BADAL,Finance Minister, Punjab
10.40-10.45- Vote of thanks- Dr.Rajpal Singh, Secretary Punjab Arts Council
National Anthem
(Break)


Kritya a journey - Short film (10 minutes)


Session I - 11.20 AM to 12.10 PM

Poetry Reading by;


Ramakant Rath (Oriya)
Odveig Klyve (Norway)
Jaswant Singh Neki (Punjabi)
Keki Daruwala ( English)

Session II -12.15 PM to 1.10 PM

Poetry Reading by;


Evelyn Holloway (Austria)
Nand Kishor Acharya (Hindi)
Triin Soomets (Estonian)

Lunch -1.10 pm to 2.30pm

Session III-2.30 PM to 3.50 PM

Poetry Reading by;

Rocio Gonzalez (Mexico)
Mamang Dai (Arunachal Pradesh)
Elisa Biagini (Italy)
Rukmini Bhaya Nair (English)
Hanane Aad (Lebanon)
Uktamkhon Kholdorova (Uzbekistan)


Session IV- 4 PM to 5 .05 PM

Poetry Reading by;


Kunwar Narayan (Hindi)
Udaya Narayana Singh (Maithili)
Chandrakant Devatale (Hindi)
Ajmer Rode (Punjabi)
Jagtar (Punjabi)

Session V- 5.10 PM to 6.20 PM

Poetry Reading by;


Mohanjit (Punjabi)
Jaswant Deed (Punjabi)
Parmindrejit (Punjabi)
Jaswinder (Punjabi)
Devneet (Punjabi)
Nirupma Dutt (Punjabi)
Neeru Aseem (Punjabi)

Session VI - 6.25 PM to 7.25 PM

Panel Discussion by;


Dr. S. S. Noor
Shri Kikkeri Narayan
Purnima Varman
Vijay Shankar
Shyamala Nair

Coordinator - Keki Daruwala


Sufi Music


Dinner


Day II , Saturday, 15th November 2008

Session I- 9.30 AM to 10.50 AM


Poetry Reading by;

Vishvanath Prasad Tiwari (Hindi)
Mazhar Tirmizi (Urdu)
Mangalesh Dabral (Hindi)
Santokh Singh Dheer (Punjabi)
Satyapal (Hindi)
Pradeep Kasani (Hindi)

Book release- The Visitor by Joneve

Session II-11.00 AM to 12.50 PM

Poetry Reading by;

K. Satchidananadan (Malayalam)
Agrahara Krishna Murthy (Kannada)
Keki Daruwalla (English )
Margus Lattik (Estonia)
Naim Araidi (Israel)
Arun Kamal (Hindi)
Robin S Ngangom ( Imphal, Manipur)

Lunch 1.00 PM to 2.30 PM

Session III- 2.30 PM to 4.20 PM

Poetry Reading by;

Chandra Prakash Deval ( Rajasthani)
Satyapal (Hindi)
Dilip Jhaveri (Gujrati)
John Siddique (Irish)
Agni Shekhar ( Kashimiri)

Session IV -4.30 PM to 5.20 PM

Poetry reading;

Vanita
Surjit Juj
Swaranjit savi
Darshan Buttar
Manmohan
Jaswant zafar
Balwinder Sandhu

Session V-5.30 PM to 7.00 PM

Open Forum

Session VI - 7.30PM to 8. PM

Short films on poetry

"Seven songs of becoming" and "Breakfast Time"

Resented by;


Kari Klyve-Gulbrandsen - Photographer,
Odveig Klyve Director
and Bj?ulbrandsen Producer.
Sponsored by Norwegian Film Institute

Cultural programme ? 8 PM Onwards

Day III, Sunday, 16th November 2008

Session I -9.30 AM to 11.00 AM

Poetry Reading by;

Araceli Mancilla Zayas (Mexico)
Shambhu Badal (Hindi)
Jiban Narah (Assam-India)

Session II -11.00 AM to 1.00 PM

Poetry Reading by;

Peter Waugh (Vienna)
Surjit Patar ( Punjabi)
Rati Saxena (Hindi)
Amit Kalla (Hindi)

A Vote of thanks

Lunch


An Exhibition of contemporary painting by young artist from India will remain open on all the days of poetry festival.

 

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