Sabad – A World Poetry Festival brings global poets to Delhi


The Sahitya Akademi in association with Ministry of Culture, Government of India has organized the Sabad – A World Poetry Festival (21-24 March 2014) to mark the celebrations of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and 100th year of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s receiving of  the Nobel Prize.

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“Verses which will be recited here celebrate the spirit of independence and will stand against the imperialistic tendencies of certain countries who take over the land of others,” said Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, President, Sahitya Akademi.

Poets from countries like Germany (Ingrid Fichtner), United Kingdom (Richard Gwyn, George Szirtes), USA (Philip Nikolayev), Australia (Les Wicks), France (Maram Al-Masri), Ireland (Lorna Shaughnessey, Moya Cannon), Norway (Ingrid Storholmen), Cuba (Oscar Cruz) Italy (Tiziana Cera Rosco), Spain(Antonio Colinas), Nepal (Tulasi Diwasa), Bangladesh (Belal Chaudhuri), Sri Lanka (Jean Arasanayagam) Palestine (Najwan Darwish), Nigeria (Tanure Ojaide), Czech Republic (Miloslav Topinka), Phillipines (Marra PL. Lanot), Denmark (Pia Tafdrup) will be reading their poems at the festival.

“Through medium of poetry we want to establish unity of human beings. Poets do not belong to a nation. According to Rabindranath Tagore every country is my country,” Tiwari said.

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Indian Poets participating in the festival are :

  1. Kunwar Narain
  2. Ramakanta Rath
  3. Desmond Kharmawphlang
  4. Vanita
  5. Tamilanban
  6. Keki N. Daruwalla
  7. Kamal Vora
  8. Chandrakant Devtale
  9. Bhalchandra Nemade
  10. Shafi Shauq
  11. Sheen Kaaf Nizam
  12. Ranjit Hoskote
  13. Rajendra Mishra
  14. K. Siva Reddy
  15. Shafi Shauq
  16. Manglesh Dabral
  17. H.S. Shivaprakash
  18. P.P. Ramachandran
  19. Mandakranta Sen

“Poets belonging to various countries will express their feelings towards humanity in front of the audience which will create a sense of unity. The main focus is unity of human beings,” Tiwari said.

The inaugural session saw poets reading out poems on a wide range of issues like war, human atrocities and poetry written from India specific inspiration in German, Arabic, Macedonian and English languages.

Venue:  Sahitya Akademi, Meghdoot Theatre Complex, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001, India

For more information on participating poets visit here.

Source: Indian Express.

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