Kritya2012- an international poetry festival --Dedicated to
Rabindra Nath Tagore
“Poetry, the oldest form of literature, is always kept
alive in other art forms like, dance, music, photography, films
and painting. So we celebrated it by singing, acting, talking
and painting poetry.”
The 7th edition of Kriya International Poetry Festival, Kritya
2012 was held at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram
from January 16 - 18, 2012 and the extension of the festival was
held on January 19 at Asan Smarakam, Thonnakkal and on January
20 and 21 at Sameeksha Ashram, Kalady. It has a great occasion
for the organizers and participants alike as the festival had
once again come to its homeland Kerala. The festival honoured
the poet-seer Rabindranath Tagore and celebrated his idea of
peace in this period of unrest. In perfect keeping with the
theme, the three day festival at Vyloppilli Bhavan began with
Rabindra Sangeet soulfully rendered by Mrs. Abhradita Maitra
Banerjee, the well-known Hindustani musician. Poets from all
over the world took part in the ceremonial lighting of the lamp.
In her opening speech, Dr. Rati Saxena, the Festival Director
highlighted the significance of the collective of poets and
talked about the commitment of Kritya Literary Foundation to
furthering poetry and other art forms.
Artistes from Eklavya Ashram staged a Visual Presentation of
poetry, which was well received by the audience. Jnanpith award
Kerala's own favourite poet Shri. O.N.V. Kurup rendered the
inaugural poetry International poetry Festival
Kritya2012reading. This was followed by a special poetry reading
by the renowned Korean poet, Wolsan Kim Ki Dong. Before the
poetry reading sessions began, Odveig Klyve's photo poetry
exhibition and K. Jayakumar's painting exhibition on
Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali were inaugurated by Mr. Samil
Yang, President of the Asia-Iberoamerica Cultural Foundation. It
was a wonderful three days that followed with every minute
soaked in poetry - the poets reading their poems in their mother
tongue, with the English translation projected and the Malayalam
translations rendered beautifully by talented and creative
students from the prestigious N.S.S. College, Karamana,
Thiruvananthapuram. This innovative way of presentation was much
applauded by the audience, with the poets enjoying themselves to
the full, listening to their own creative pieces mould
themselves into another language and its sensibility. The
evenings were enriched with poetry films, each distinctive in
itself. Another highlight of this festival was the publication
and release of the bilingual volume of poetry 'Intimate
comprising English and Malayalam translations of the poems
the fest. This book edited by
Dr.Jayasree Ramakrishnan Nair has
published by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Thrissur. The three day
festival at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan concluded on 18th
January 2012 with the wellattended valedictory function. Shri.
K.C. Joseph, Minister for Rural
Development, Planning and Culture was the Chief Guest; Shri.
Sreedharan, President, Kerala Sahitya Akademi presided over the
Felicitations were offered by Shri. Wolsan Kim Ki Dong, the
poet, Shri Ataol Behramoglu, the famous poet from Turkey and
Gopalakrishnan, Director, Kutiyattam Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram.
Mohammed Kunju Mettharu, Trustee, Kritya Trust offered the vote
There was a remarkable Kutiyattam performance by Painkulam
Smaraka Kalapeedam sponsored by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Center
Kutiyattam, Thiruvananthapuram. This traditional performing art
made a great impact on the visiting poets who found the
accompaniment and other details unique and one of a kind.
On the 19th all the international poets were invited to Asan
Thonnakkal, where again they read their poems. It was a great
Poets of the festival from different countries -
Anna Lombardo (Italy)
Bengt Berg (Sweden).
Davide Rondoni (Italy).
Francoise Roy (Canada).
Francesca Cricelli (Brazil).
Gabriel Rosenstock (Ireland).
Hanane Aad (Lebanon)
Menna Elfyn (UK).
Odveig Klyve (Norway).
Peter Waugh (UK).
Raquel Lanseros (Spain).
Sayumi Kamakura -( Japan)
Samil Yang (Korea).
Zingonia Zingone (Italy).
Poets from India
ONV KURUP- is a Major Malayalam poet and lyricist from Kerala,
won Jnanpith Award,the highest literary award in India for the
ASHOK VAJPEYI -a Major Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and
cultureactivist,is a major cultural figure of India.
K.SATCHIDANANDAN - a major Indian poet and critic, writing in
-Neela Padmanabhan- eminent Tamil novelist, short story writer,
poet, critic,and essayist, is in fact a bilingual writer,
(writing in Tamil and Malayalam),
K.Jayakumar ( English )is a Poet, Artist , lyricist and
Harshad A. Trivedi - Eminent Gujrati Poet and Short story
writer, Critic ,an anEditor.
Rajendra Patel- is a Gujarati poet, short story writer and
Khaleel Ur Rehman
Arif Raja -Kannada-
Shaista Yosuf- (Urdu )
Sukumaran - Tamil-Poet, Writer, Translator and Journalist
Shail Agrawal -
Poets from Malayalam Language
1- Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri
3-Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri
4-D. Vinaya Chandran
5-Shri Balachandran Chullikkad
7- V Madhusudan Nair
8-S Rameshan Nair
11-Shri Anavar Ali
14-Smt Rose Mary
15-Shri Indra Babu
16-shri Mahanakrishanan Kalady
IV- Reflections of poetic forms
Kritya's engagement with arts and the aesthetic experience
through poetry and allied art forms has always manifest itself
in the blending of the visual and the poetic. On the occasion an
Art Exhibition and film exhibition has been envisaged. Kritya
afford a forum for art lovers the world over to witness a visual
extravaganza through the works of upcoming Indian artists. The
art workshop was open simultaneously along with the poetry
festival. The exhibition was opened to the public on all days of
the festival. Kritya2012 organized live painting performance by
B.D.Dethan, One of the well-known artists in Kerala. B.D.Dethan
studied painting at the School of Arts, Thiruvananthapuram (Now
College of Fine Arts). He has held the position of a
director at various public and private sector institutions.B.D.Dethan is a chronicler of the human existence.
He works as a link between the modern visual philosophy and
literature of the Kerala moderns. Dethan’s ‘Kali Series’ done
during the 1980s made strong impressions amongst the Kerala
populace as the pictures could evoke responses from both the
intellectuals and the laymen. Dethan is a versatile and a true
contemporary modern artist who can work with different mediums.
His Women series of new millennium is famous for its sensitive
and sensual depiction of women. Dethan mostly anchors his works
in the surrealist language, which helps him to articulate the
unpalatable truths of a society in a palatable way. Dethan’s
works are loaded with a social critique in a very provocative
style.Jayakumar's Painting Exibition on Rabindra Nath Tagore's
V-Poetry in film
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the
head of a poet.Distributors, naturally, are all of the opinion
that poets don’t sell seats. They do not discern whence comes
the very language of the cinema. Without poets, thevocabulary of
the film would be far too limited ever to make a true appeal to
the public. The equivalent of a babble of infants would not sell
many seats. If
the cinema had never been fashioned by poetry, it would have
more than a mechanical curiosity, occasionally on view like a
-Orson Welles, from "Ribbon of Dreams"
Poetry is porous and facile in its seamless extension over many
genres. Short films use the language and images of metaphor and
metonymy much the same as poetry does. The festival have been
giving a stage to poetry films an order to widen the space of
poetry. There will be space for talented young poetsfilmmakers
to showcase their talent to an international audience Films
based on poems, poems turned into films are welcome
Odveig Klyve - Geopoeticon is a project creating visual poetry
through posters and short films with international contemporary
poetry crossing borders of language, politics and geography.
Several of the short films in the Geopoeticon project have been
screened at poetry and film festivals in Europe, US and India.
This programme contains films with poems from India, Irak,
Yemen, Mexico,Kenya and Estonia.