Ahmedabad, Nov 12-13: Ahmedabad International Literature Festival commenced with many leading personalities including poets, writers, storytellers, actors, directors, producers, journalists, publishers, editors, entrepreneurs and academicians convening at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) for the inaugural ceremony of the fest on Saturday.
The LitFest seeks to promote writing, reading, speaking and listening, particularly among children and young adults, with a focus on literature, cinema, media and entrepreneurship providing a rich feast for self-development through value-based messages. The event’s byline is ‘Discuss, Debate, Deconstruct’ with a positive note- ‘You can do it all. Be there.’ Over the course of two days, the fest explores varied themes like the relevance of Indian literature, world literature and Gujarati literature including mythology, poetry, short stories, literary commerce, entrepreneurship, workshops and much more.
The first day of the festival was graced by Madhur Bhandarkar, Bollywood film director, Raghuveer Chaudhari, novelist and poet, Yogesh Gadhavi, chairman of Sangeet Natya Academy, Geoff Wain, British Deputy High Commissioner at Ahmedabad. The keynote speech was given by Sumant Batra who focused upon the power and significance of art and literature in adding to the soft power of a nation.
A total of nine sessions were conducted on the first day of the festival. The fest got off to a super start, with an enthusiastic full house audience eager to listen to the conversation between National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar and popular Ahmedabad radio jocky Dhvanit. The theme of the session was ‘Captivating Storylines: How much does a good story matter?’ Mr Bhandarkar talked about how books and learning by watching quality work has added value to his creative journey. He mentioned that he was a school dropout, but despite that he never stopped reading books and newspapers. He got his education in the cinema while running a video library.
The journey continued with the hard hitting second session of the festival, which discussed the controversial topic of ‘Media-driven Stories: How fiction drives the news narrative in present times.’ It was a panel discussion moderated by Pradeep Malik and had the participation of Ajay Umat, Brajesh Kumar Singh, Anurita Rathore, Kiran Manral and Tuhin Sinha. All the participants of this session have worked in the media for many years and had many insights on its functioning. When discussing the importance of journalism, one of the panelists mentioned that journalism is the first draft of history. And hence people in this field have to be careful. All in all the session generated a lot of interest among the audiences.
The next remarkable session was ‘Looking for Literature: Is it in words around us?’ It was also a panel discussion moderated by Professor Nigam Dave and had the participation of distinguished personalities like Raghuveer Chaudhari, poet and novelist; Abnish Singh Chauhan, poet, critic and editor; Sandeep Nath, lyricist, screenwriter, director and producer; and Usha Narayanan, author and creative director. The session struck a chord with the youngsters at the event. During the discussion Raghuveer Chaudhary reflected, “Literature presents a vision of life through the sincere expressions of mind and soul. Therefore, it must reach to a larger audience.” Abnish Singh Chauhan spoke about the role of literature in order to culminate in ananda that leads a human being to a path of bliss.
The other significant sessions, such as ‘Book Launch: Let’s Race, Daddy! by Soham Shukla’ (unveiling by Raghuveer Chaudhaeri); ‘Poetry is for Everyone: Why the gap between supply and demand?’ (Panelists- Kumud Verma, Nitin Soni, Santosh Bakaya, Tushar Shukla, moderated by Yaseen Anwar); ‘Revisiting Mythology and its Relevance Today: Reasons behind its growing popularity?’ (Panelists- Anuja Chandramauli, Suhail Mathur, Vinod Joshi, Usha Narayanan, Madhuri Sharma, moderated by Vishwesh Desai); ‘Book Launch: Shabdochchhav’; ‘Poetry Recitation by Pradeep Khandwala’; Gujrati Literature: Why it needs to reach out?’ (Panelists- Anil Chavda, Chinu Modi, Shobhit Desai, Sanket Joshi, moderated by Bhushan Mehta); ‘Short Stories: Are they around for the long haul?’ (Arun Kaul, Kiran Manral, Sumant Batra, moderated by Koral Das Gupta); ‘Gujarati Folk Tales: Continuing traditions’ (Panelists- Yogesh Gadhavi in conversation with Maulik Chauhan); ‘Book Launch: Ravi Manoram's Book unveiled by Piyush Mishra & ‘World Literature: Changing trends’ (Panelists- Arthur Duff, Fabrice Maingain, Tuhin Sinha, Vilpa Patel, moderated by Neeta Khurana), were also captivating and inspiring in tone and texture.
The second day of Ahmedabad International Literature Festival was as exciting and interesting as the first day and it started with a bang! Sunday Morning also received a houseful audience and the day rolled off with a panel discussion on ‘Literature and Cinema: Stories that lead to blockbusters.’ The illustrious panel consisted of Abhishek Jain, filmmaker; Sandeep Nath, lyricist, screenwriter, director and producer; Sumana Mukherjee, independent filmmaker and producer; Piyush Bhatt, teacher, author and director and it was moderated by Madhuri Sharma, Mrs India 2015.
The conversation started with the question of the role of literature in cinema. All the panelists said that literature is a very important part of cinema and in fact, cinema is derived from literature. As Mr. Bhatt said, “Movies are literature on screen and we shouldn’t differentiate between the two.” It was also pointed out that books have influenced movies since the day the movie industry was established. Mr. Nath elaborated on this by pointing out that cinema is an audio-visual form and needs content which comes from literature. Mr. Jain had an interesting take as he brought out the fact that the process of film making starts with literature in the form of a ‘script’, which is then interpreted by the director.
The moderator asked the panelists about their own works and their influences. Ms. Mukherjee’s next work is based on one of Tagore’s work and contrasts 1934 with the present. Mr Jain talked about his recent production ‘Wrong Side Raju’ and that it is influenced by media stories and the power of perception. Mr. Nath’s next work is titled ‘DNA Mein Gandhi’ and looks at Mahatma Gandhi as a social reformer.
The second session of the day had the multi-talented actor and lyricist Piyush Mishra in conversation with Anurita Rathore, senior journalist and Umashankar Yadav, the festival director on the theme ‘The Power of Words: Spinning magic.’ Mr Mishra was honest about the lures and attractions of the film industry and how easy it is to lose oneself in the glamour and the struggles of people who want to break into the film industry.
It was very interesting to know that he is a spontaneous poet and the first poem that he wrote was while he was in class 8th. He feels that poetry can be written on any topic and one doesn’t need to search for it. He said that the only shortcut to writing was to write. He made a rather thought provoking point about the importance of creators ability to criticize himself/herself and the power of dissatisfaction (with one’s own work) in creating great work. He also enthralled the audience by reading out a couple of poems from the anthology of his poems- “Kuchh Ishq Kiya Kuchh Kaam Kiya” and also sang a rendition of the song 'Husna' very well.
The other sessions of the day were- ‘Sheen in their Teen: Why must young writers be taken seriously?’ (Lalima Yadav, Sanjay Agrawal, Vishwesh Desai, moderated by Priya Vyas); ‘Literary Agents: Who all need them?’ (Anil Chavda, Arti Motiani, Chintan Sheth, Suhail Mathur, moderated by Yogi Trivedi); ‘Entrepreneurship and Creativity: Walking hand in hand’ (Asha Mandapa, Mehrab Irani, Ravi Manoram, Sumit Agrawal, moderated by Jigna Shah); ‘Pratilipi.com- Online is on Line: Impact of growing online readership on print content’ (Abnish Singh Chauhan, Falguni Vasavada, Manoj Jena, Sanket Joshi, moderated by Sahradayi Modi); ‘Social Entrepreneurship: Srijan Pal Singh in conversation with Jatin Kataria’; Romance in Books: A marriage made in heaven’ (Raksha Bharadia, Nitin Soni, Sudeep Nagarkar, Ravi Bedi, moderated by Lalima Yadav). The speakers of the sessions were erudite and put their points before the audience well. They happily answered the questions raised by the audience and gave a great insight into the world of literature and allied fields in the country. On the whole, all the sessions were very informative, enjoyable and benefiting to the lovers of language and literature.
Along with lectures and discussions, the fest also played host to enriching workshops- ‘The Art of Letter Writing’ (Minu Jasdanwala), ‘Poetry Writing and Haiku Writing’ (Tulika & Vatsal Shah), ‘Paren Teens Workshop’ (Dr Nischal Bhatt), ‘How to Add 50000 Productive Hours to your Life’ (Sanjay Kr Agrawal), ‘Akha Nu Amdavad’ (Jay Makwana), ‘Tingle-E-Kavita’ (Fariburz Irani), ‘Shabdochchhav’ (Pinki Vyas), ‘Improve Poetry’ (Povera), ‘Open Canvass’ (Jharokha PDPU), ‘Writing for Blogs’ (Ranjani Sastry) among many others.
The event was well organized and the highly active members of the organizing team, especially Rashmi Goyal, Pinki Vyas, Manish Patel, Fariburz Irani, Bhushan Mehta, Vikas Yadav, curator Anurita Rathore and energetic festival director Umashankar Yadav along with lovely anchors Nivid Desai, Simran Chhabra, Nitin Pillai, Nirja Vasavada, Kaveen Panchal, Ayeshah Jariwala, Raj Chundawat and Kankana Roy, should be complimented for their productive efforts.
The LitFest closed on Sunday with a vote of thanks to the esteemed audience and the eminent speakers by the festival Director Umashankar Yadav, who humbly emphasized that “AILF is a collaborative effort to create explicit space to enable fruitful dialogue between writers and literary enthusiasts of the city for bringing literature to the center from the periphery.”
Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Osmania University, Hyderabad
Two Day National Seminar
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The Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Hyderabad, India is organizing a Two Day National Seminar on ”Themes and Narratives in Postwar American Fiction” from 27th – 28th December 2016. The proposed National Seminar on “Themes and Narratives in Postwar American Fiction” will have for its focus Fiction written in America after the end of the First World War till the current generation” who produced their major work during the nineteen twenties and after, their legacy was continued by Post-Second World War novelists such as Saul Below, John Updike, Norman Mailer, J. D. Salinger, Nabokov, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and later by Don Delillo, Tony Morrison, Robert Stone, Thomas Berger and others. The postwar literary scenario is principally the story of American vision as it unfolded amid rapidly changing social, political, communal, racial and technological changes. The hyphenated Americans frequently explored the complexity of their identity while addressing the country’s deepest political and cultural anxieties. The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement canon blasting avant-grade containment politics, unipolar arrogance increasing commodification and many such aspects inevitably came under aesthetic scrutiny. Even the classics of American renaissance have been critiqued from different theoretical positions.
In continuation of the “lost generation” spirit of the twenties, the rise of the novel influenced by the Communist view point in the nineteen thirties, the arrival of existentialist and “absurd” fiction following the Second World War. American Fiction entered a new phase in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the publication of the most popular works in American Literary writing related to the “Beat Generation” and the birth of the new forms of spiritual experience to counter the stress of postwar American Society through drugs, alcohol, philosophy, religion and specifically through Zen Buddhism.
World War I and World War II and after gave rise to a new perspective and a boom in contemporary war novels. American novelists produced greatest numbers in case of World War II novels. These novels explore the personnel nature of war within the context of intense combat.
The seminar will offer a prominent platform to bring together scholars, academics, experts, writers and critics in the domain of American as well as related multidisciplinary areas to discuss and deliberate on issues and concerns in numerous areas central to the human predicament. The seminar will contribute new research topics to the aspiring research scholars as there is greater need to examine the postwar American novel from a fresh perspective.
Among the major themes and perspectives, the seminar will include the following areas:
With a sprawling campus of nearly 1600 acres and buildings of majestic beauty and architectural splendor, Osmania University, is perhaps, the largest higher education system in the Country. It is a home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its Campus, Constituent, Affiliated Colleges and District Centres. Its faculty and staff number nearly 5000. It is a multi-faculty and multidisciplinary university, offering rich and varied courses in the fields of Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages. The University’s strategic planning, teaching-and-learning policies and research direction have always emphasized respect for the concerns of the society and the need to address the issues that challenge it. In recognition of its excellent academic achievements, Osmania University had the distinction of being awarded the 'A' Grade status by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, Government of India in the year 2008.
Osmania University Centre for International Programmes came into existence in August 2006 after the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, handed over the management and administration of the American Studies Research Center (ASRC) to Osmania University. It is housed in the building complex of the ASRC and has inherited its academic and infrastructural strengths.
However, OUCIP has broadened its scope and added new fields of study from humanities and social studies to American Studies. This was done with the realization that a single discipline Centre with a single source of funding was neither possible nor feasible in the context of the growing need for multi- and interdisciplinarity within the academia. It was also felt that Osmania University located in the city of Hyderabad, needed to reflect the multi dimensional growth and reach of the city that has been evolving as a major hub for the new knowledge’s emerging in different fields. OUCIP was thus conceived to complement the special status of the City in which it is located while retaining its strength in the disciplines of American Studies and International Relations acquired over four decades.
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Let me begin with a story. There was a little boy who wanted to learn the art of meditation for controlling emotional noise and experiencing ecstasy. Therefore, he went to Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, known as Baba to his disciples, and insisted for his personal guidance. Baba graciously advised him to do asanas and pranayama at the initial stage and thereafter he may come to learn the lesson. But, the boy was adamant. When Baba found no way, he agreed and advised him to come in the early morning. The little boy reached at the right time, touched his feet reverently and silently sat down before him. Then spoke Baba, “Can you see this object?” “Of course, Baba”, the boy answered humbly but confidently. “Ok. Now close your eyes.” The boy closed his eyes. He asked again, “Can you see the object now?” The boy was speechless. “No problem,” Baba lovingly said, “Go and try to see it.” The boy obeyed and did his best. He saw a few blurred sights and reported the same to him; however, Baba was not satisfied. He made another effort. He went to a secluded and peaceful place, fostered concentration and spiritual consciousness through meditation, and in due course realized ‘the eyeless sight.’
Though the story has a big canvas, it can be related to the tale of a literary journal, magazine or any other periodical published online or offline. The tale begins with the collection, selection and publication of creative things and thereafter it is sent to its audience. The audience receives, reads and enjoys the things. However, most of the times, it happens that many of them, including its contributors/ authors, go away without dropping a single word or giving the feedback. In such a situation, the apparent silence and unseen presence of audience may seem unexpected and disheartening on the surface level. But, this is not the whole truth; because the audience is not actually silent and unseen as it seems, it is interacting, interpreting, imbibing and responding to the contents and leaving its footprints. That means the sound is there, the response is there, the presence is there with its own glow, and only a person of right perception can see and judge the objects in their perpetual flow.
Creation and Criticism, which began its journey a few months before in April 2016, always harbours pure and positive impulses for its lovely authors, readers, scholars and fellow-travelers. It always feels happy and optimistic to study, explore and manifest the illuminating emotions, thoughts and behaviours of the creative world. It does so in order to know and experience the Experienced and the Perfect as partly revealed through the spiritual consciousness of ‘the eyeless sight’ leading to wisdom and partly through the conceptual and perceptual communication of ‘creation and criticism’ developing mutual understanding and the rest is yet to be revealed. Do you also realize all this?
All the best!
Abnish Singh Chauhan
LETTERS FROM POET PROFESSOR CRITIC AND EDITOR FRIENDS
R K SINGH
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The Nehru Centre, London, July 28, 2016: the Vatayan launched its fourth anthology of poems, Native Scents/Watan ki Khushboo (Editor: Divya Mathur, Co-editor: Dr Hilal Fareed, Interviews: Shikha Varshney) in the presence of Ruth Padel, British poet and writer with close connections to conservation, wildlife, Greece and music. In chair was Dr MZA Shakeb, historian and Chairman, Ilmi Majlis-London, who also reviewed the book, which has been part funded by the Big Lottery Fund for Languages & Linguistics.
Ms Divya Mathur, Founder of Vatayan, introduced the programme - a multilingual, multicultural and multidimensional bonanza. She said that poetry has always had a limited readership; it is fiction that sells but at present, there is no cause for despair, as some prominent publishing houses are publishing poetry now and various websites have widened its reach and if nothing else, it has a therapeutic value. Dr Hilal Fareed, author and founder of Sir Syed Foundation, compered the programme brilliantly.
Launching the book, Ruth Padel, said that a variety of poetry is not only attractive; these verses will help young generation to appreciate the good and bad of their homeland and to the west to have a taste of the orient. Dr MZA Shakeb said that the poetry of the immigrant poets reflects diverse elements such as their nostalgia, sometimes appreciation of new values and sometimes annoyance with the change. They seem to be very firm in holding the value of love and spirituality.
Uttara Sukanya Joshi sang Dr Gautam Sachdev's ghazal followed by Lalit Mohan Joshi, who paid a tribute to the two great Hindi scholars we have lost in the recent past - Dr Satyendra Srivastava and Dr Gautam Sachdev; this anthology is dedicated to both of them. Sushma Mehta, Kathak dancer and choreographer, performed Akbar Hyderabadi's ghazal, Zindaan-e-subho shaam mein' and Mehtab Malhotra sang Usha Raje Saxena's ghazal, 'Samandar mein utarna aa gaya hai,' which is included in Vatayan's album composed and sung by the well known singer Radhika Chopra. Dr Vayu Naidu, Diana Mavroleon, Shelley Williams, Neelum Singh and Arun Sabarwal recited English translation alongside the Hindi and Punjabi poets - Shail Agrawal, Pran Sharma, Jai Verma, K C Mohan and Jagtar Dha.
Poets who have contributed their poems for this anthology include the late Dr Gautam Sachdev and the late Dr Satyendra Srivastava, Pran Sharma, Shail Agrawal, Usha Verma, Usha Raje Saxena, Dr Indira Anand, Jai Verma, Toshi Amrita and Divya Mathur (Hindi), Amarjit Chandan, Jagtar Dha, Jaswinder Mann, K C Mohan and Dr Sathi Ludhianvi (Punjabi) and Akbar Hyderabadi, Iftikhar Arif, Saqi Farooqi, Siddiqa Shabnam and Zehra Nigah (Urdu)
Translators include Chaand Chazelle, Rogan Wolf, Dr Pavan K Varma, Dr MZA Shakeb, Julia Casterton, Jutta Austin, Lalit Mohan Joshi, Dr Saif Mahmood, Shelley Williams, Neelum Singh, RK Agnihotri, Paras Anand, Bhupinder Parihar, Beryl Dhanjal, Zahra Sabri, Syeda Hameed, Amina Yaqin, Francis Pritchett, Rafey Habib, Brenda Walker and Divya Mathur.
The audience was full of connoisseurs of poetry, authors, translators, artists and media personnel including Viram Jasani, founder of Asian Music Circuit, Yogesh Patel, Editor, Word Masala, Editor of Health Happiness, Vijay Rana, Urdu scholars Javed Sheikh, poet Yashab Tamanna, founder of FAB Book Club, Uma Malhotra, broadcaster Mamta Gupta, educationist, Aruna Ajitsaria, amongst many others. The programme was covered by MA TV. Mira Kaushik, Chair of Vatayan and Director of Akademi, welcomed Mr Tarun Kumar, Attache (Hindi & Culture), who has recently joined the High Commission of India and expressed that, as far as promotion of Hindi and Indian languages are concerned, the two organisations should collaborate.
Gurgaon, August 28, Sunday: Giving Gurgaon a flavor of two famous plays, Magic Creations Mom’s Theatre Group in association with Hindware presented- TARTUFFE by Molière &ANJI by Vijay Tendulkar on Sunday evening at DPS Sec 45 Auditorium, Gurgaon. The first play called TARTUFFE, Hindi adaptation of a comedy by renowned French play writer Moliere and the second presentation called ANJI by none other than Vijay Tendulkargrabbed the audience attention completely. The plays were staged by Magic Creations Moms’ Theatre Group, an all mothers group of Gurgaon who have come together to reclaim their ‘creative kick’!
Directed by NSD alumnus Binod Sharma, the Choreography and Music of the play is given by Harsh Nawaria. A dramatic story of a spiritual hypocrite, Tartuffe talks about the hypnotizing influence of so called religious gurus, who are masters at wearing the mask of gentleness and intelligence to the world although the ugly truth is unseen by many. The second play Anji is the story of a girl that revolves around the society’s outlook that a good match for an unmarried girl should be the first priority of the family. If the girl is educated and breadwinner of the family, getting married becomes tougher for various unsaid reasons. Driving the audience to accept the complexities of love and romance, as the gripping stories of the plays moved forward, it only left the audiences entertained and thrilled, cracking up every now & then, in splits of laughter.
Talking about the story and its Hindi adaptation, Ms. Geetika Goyal, Director, Magic Creations (Founder of Moms’ Theatre Group), added “Tartuffe is a hilarious script, set up in one of the households of Delhi NCR itself, while Anji, the story of a Marathi girl, is set up in Pune. The first play is loud and full of drama while the second has a realistic approach with spills of humour that keeps the audience gripped. Both the plays together offer complete family entertainment”.
Talking about the Moms’ Theatre Group, Ms. Goyal continued “Our thought behind the launch of this group was to give the mothers in Gurgaon a creative corner, where they come, unwind and discover themselves all over again. As of now, the group is of 15 passionate mothers between the age brackets of 35 to 69 years; they have come together to challenge themselves and find some 'ME' time while taking a break from their everyday routine. These mothers believe in investing in their own selves, by creating moments of happiness and creative satisfaction here. After spending time here, they go back all refreshed and happy, fueling back dollops of enthusiasm and passion to their routine lives.”
Thus, the two plays ‘TARTUFFE by Molière & ANJI by Vijay Tendulkar’ left Gurgaon audience in splits on Sunday evening!
Dr K. V. Raghupathi (born 1957 in a Telugu speaking family, Andhra Pradesh) teaches English at Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India. He is a poet, short story writer and critic of English language. He began writing seriously in 1985. Since then he has published 22 books, which include ten books in English verse, two novels, one short story collection, seven critical studies and two books on yoga. He is the recipient of Michael Madhusudhan Dutt Award, Kolkata in 2000, H. D. Thoreau Fellowship, Dhvanyaloka, Mysore in 2000, Life Time Achievement Award, Chennai Poetry Circle, Chennai in 2010, Rock Pebbles National Award for creativity, Bhubaneswar, 2014 among others. He can be contacted at drkvraghupathi.gmail.com.
Zahrah Loukhnati (1970) born and brought up in Cape Town, South Africa. Since childhood, she has loved reading. She has always written songs, lyrics, poems and stories to present as gifts to her family and friends. She is a member of Dystenium, an online poetry journal. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom (WordWulf) Sterner, a native Coloradoan, lives in Denver. His artwork, music, photography and writings have taken place in various online and print magazines, including: Howling Dog Press/Omega, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Skyline Literary Review, The Storyteller, Flashquake, etc. His published work includes five novels: Momma’s Rain, Spiders ‘n Snakes, Gordian Objective, After Earth and Cranial Loop, and a long epic poem Quodlibet. He is winner of the Marija Cerjak Award for Avant-Garde/Experimental Writing and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 & 2008. He resides at 7910- Humboldt Circle, Denver, Colorado 80229 and can also be contacted at: email@example.com.
Terry Cooper (1943), after retirement in 2004, started taking interest in poetry along with artistry and oil painting. Poetry always comes easily to him and smoothly turns his hand to most subjects at will to convey social matters of modern age. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.