Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Osmania University, Hyderabad
Two Day National Seminar
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About the Seminar
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.
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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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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!
South Korea, June 29, 2016: Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), headquartered in South Korea, sponsored the evening of the 25th of June 2016 at Ottawa City Hall, where Stephen Gill’s book of love sonnets, The Singer of Life, was released by Mr Chandra Arya, Hon’ble Chief Guest of the ceremony. The Hon’ble Guest pointed out the contributions of Canada to world peace and appreciated the works of Stephen Gill as a writer.
“I am thankful to Mr Chandra Arya, Hon’ble Member of Canadian Parliament for releasing my book The Singer of Life, my love sonnets... My book of sonnets, The Singer of Life, is the outcome of the same love— the outcome of peace.” - Stephen Gill.
Poet Laureate of Ansted University and an Adjunct Professor of European-American University, Stephen Gill is an expressive voice of Canada, India and Pakistan. He believes strongly in a democratically elected world government and peace through peaceful means. Global peace and social concerns are the main areas of his interest.
The House of Lords, London, May 19, 2016: the Vatayan Poetry on South Bank Award Ceremony-2016 took place at House of Lords in the presence of the Baroness Flather of Windsor & Maidenhead, Patron of Vatayan, Mr CB Patel, Editor of Gujrat Samachar and Asian Voice Newspapers and Tanya Wells, singer, songwriter and composer. In chair was Dr MZA Shakeb, historian and Chairman, Ilmi Majlis-London.
The Annual Vatayan Poetry Award was conferred on the well-known and seasoned poetess, Dr Madhu Chaturvedi, who has authored over a dozen books of songs, ghazals, epic poems and haikus. In absentia, her daughter, Anjali Doherti-Bedi accepted the award on her behalf.
The exceptional International Accolade for the Outstanding Achievements for poetry and for promoting poetry was given to Yogesh Patel by Mr C B Patel, Baroness Flather and Dr Zia Shakeb. Through his extraordinary contribution in English, Gujarati and Hindi literature, he has enriched the world literature. Revered as one of the finest writers and poets of English and Gujarati literature, Yogesh has been singled out by critics as ‘the observer of both mundane and the unexpected, and as fearless in writing what you observe.’ He has published international poetry of the rare voices in translation since 1969, publishing many world-renowned names. Above all, he promotes, nurtures and publishes work of the South-Asian Diaspora now.
Finally, the distinguished Indian poet, Dr Kunwar Bechain was honoured with the Vatayan Life time Achievement Award. He has authored altogether 33 books (geet, ghazal, doha, haiku, free verse, epic, novels, yaatra-vritaant, etc.). A retired Hindi Professor, he has been honoured by the President of India. 22 PhDs have been written on him. The Govt of India has toured him to attend the World Hindi Conferences in many countries.
The distinguished speakers included Divya Mathur, author and Founder President of Vatayan, Prof Jagdish Dave, MBE, author & researcher; founding pioneer of Gujarati teaching in the UK, Dr Achala Sharma, author & former head of BBC World Hindi Service; Meera Chandran, a member of U3 movement, family and mental health counsellor; Jai Verma, author and chair, Kavya Rang-Nottingham, and Shikha Varshney, writer and Vatayan's Treasurer. The programme was elegantly compèred by Dr Nikhil Kaushik, Ophthalmic surgeon, film-maker, poet and radio presenter.
Baluji Shrivastav, the multitalented musician and multi-instrumentalist, commenced the programme with Saraswati Vandana, Mehtab Malhotra, solicitor and upcoming talented artist, composed and sang Mathu Chaturvedi's ghazal, 'ham manzil-e-maqsood se aagey guzar gaye', and Tanya Wells amazed the audience by presenting Faiz Ahmed Faiz's ghazal, 'Gulon mein rang bharey'.
Deepti Sangani, the youngest and newest Board member launched the newly built website of Vatayan. Although she is not an expert on websites but she has been building it quietly. As the time was short, Dr M Z A Shakeb summed up the programme beautifully and briefly. The host, Baroness Flather, concluded the programme by thanking the participants and appreciating the set up and the constancy of good programmes held by Vatayan since 2003.
We are pleased to inform the release (new titles/new editions/reprints) of the following books:
- Rahul Shinghal, March 30, 2016
It gives us immense pleasure to announce the release of No Waiting like Departure (Authorspress, New Delhi) authored by Debasish Lahiri. The occasion was graced by eminent poet and fiction writer Shri Keki N Daruwalla and eminent poet, critic and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar with the flowing nature of Pradipta Mukherjee an associate at IIAS Shimla, Himanchal Pradesh, India.
- Sudarshan Kcherry, March 25, 2016
It was sheer delight to speak as Chief Guest to the august gathering on the “Contemporary Relevance of Rudyard Kipling” whose 150th Birth Anniversary was celebrated under the banner of English Literary Society of Agra today, the 12th of March 2016 at Youth Hostel, Agra. Kipling has been a controversial writer and has often been branded a “Jingo Imperialist.”
At the very outset I pointed out how we often jump to conclusions through our bias and prejudice and destroy relationships instead of holding them in bonds of harmony. As an instance, I referred to his poem, “Ballad of East and West,” which many of us may not have cared to read. In both spirit and flesh Kipling’s poetic statement, made more than a century ago, ought to inspire those who espouse the idea that civilizations should never mix and that cultural barriers are insurmountable. In the present era of communication and satellite revolutions it may be futile and superfluous to imagine that “mortal millions” should remain isolated and “alone” in inviolable cultural isles of their own.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the author of the Nobel Prize winning book Gulag Archipelago, had declared way back in 1970 that “Mankind's sole salvation lies in everyone making everything his business; in the people of the East being vitally concerned with what is thought in the West, the people of the West vitally concerned with what goes on in the East.” But, unfortunately, those whose visions are closed to diversity and tolerance on account of irrational mindsets refuse to see and learn how bridging the gulf created by barriers and boundaries can make the world safer and more beautiful.
What especially interests me in Kipling is his firm grasp of the true inwardness of all things Indian. We find this abundantly reflected in the major segment of Kipling's writings. Be it The Jungle Book, Kim or any other work we are bound to agree with the fact stated in the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony Speech that his writings “have brought India nearer home to the English nation than has the construction of the Suez Canal."
Most of us can easily recall how we were drawn to the lilting lyrics of Gulzar in the song musically rendered by Vishal Bharadwaj: "jungle, jungle baat chali hai, pata chala hai/ Chaddi pehen ke phool khila, phool khila hai” in the popular TV serial based on the The Jungle Book that became hugely popular with all age groups in India in the yester years.
In this collection of stories, Mowgli is first raised by wolves before being put out on his own and his adventurous travel through the jungle to find the human village. He learns the meaning of real friendship and trust from inhabitants of the jungle like Baloo the bear, King Louie of the apes, the hypnotic snake Kaa and the wise panther Bagheera. The book has positive messages about friendship, responsibility, and finding family in unexpected places. Though many of the characters are self-serving or outright evil, the ones who succeed in life are the generous, caring ones. There is plenty to make us visit The Jungle Book again and again both for its educative and entertainment values. It is also significant that Walt Disney’s account of the book extended the outreach of the book to international audiences and readers. Incidentally, this was the last cartoon feature Disney was directly involved with before his death. It is significant that in this age of environmental crisis Kipling’s book offers much food for thought reminding us of Rousseau’s opening statement in the Social Contract: “Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains.”
“If” by Rudyard Kipling first appeared in his collection Rewards and Fairies in 1909. It is a pleasure to share this poem with one and all.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
One of the most anthologised poems in English, the poem is inspirational, motivational, and a set of rules for 'grown-up' living. It contains mottos and maxims for life, and the poem is also a blueprint for personal integrity, behaviour and self-development. “If” is perhaps even more relevant today than when Kipling wrote it as an ethos and a personal philosophy. The two lines of the poem, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same” are inscribed above the entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court, inspiring those who contend for one of tennis’s most treasured trophies in the world.
One can draw, in both success and despair, abundant inspiration from each line of the poem for ways and means to face the struggle of life with equanimity and grace. To a world crazy for mantras of instant success, this poem is a vital blueprint for a life nobly lived and a duty well done. Khushwant Singh rightly called this poem “a message from the Bhagvad Gita in English.” I too am of the opinion that had Kipling not written a single line besides this poem, this poem in itself would have ensured his presence in the hall of immortal fame.”
– Dr. Nibir K. Ghosh, D.Litt., is UGC Emeritus Fellow, Agra College, Agra. It is noteworthy that his name figures in the select list of 100 academicians and scholars from all over India who have been given this award in fields as diverse as Engineering, Medicine, Science, Humanities, Management, Law etc. He is the sole recipient of the award in the sphere of English Language and Literature in the entire country. He has been Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA during 2003-04. His essay entitled “The Spiritual Nationalism of Sri Aurobindo” is prescribed in the Foundation Course of Universities and colleges in Madhya Pradesh. He is founder Chief Editor, Re-Markings (www.re-markings.com).
With the March 2016 issue Re-Markings, an international biannual journal of research in English, Re-Markings celebrates the launch of the 30th issue, marking fifteen eventful years of its publication. Reproduced below is an inspirational tribute from Dr. Tijan M. Sallah on the occasion:
Tijan M. Salah
At a time when the thoughtless mercenaries of dogma, religious and tribal extremists of all stripes, faiths and colors; bloody in their binary taxonomy of the world – into us and them – losing sight of our singularity as humans; at a time when these faith-mercenaries brandish their inhumane weaponry wanting to drag a sane world into a nihilist abyss, I am reassured by the 30th issue of Re-Markings, a journal that provides a generous platform for the sharing of stories, essays and criticisms of what is magnificent in our being human albeit molded by the rich diverse cultures of the world. When I read any issue of Re-Markings, I get reassured that Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations" was wrong. His framework was too cynical of human nature, asymmetrically weighed to the darker side of human nature. Re-Markings is an avenue for the brighter side of human nature, a journal for the "Dialogue of Civilizations," the hybridization of humanity that the late Senegalese poet-President Leopold Senghor so ceremoniously championed. It is a journal of critical and creative exploration of the world's great literatures and cultures – a platform for global enlightenment. May its next 30 years be that of growth and continued vibrancy as its first.
Dr. Tijan M. Sallah is a Gambian poet, short story writer, biographer and essayist. He is the most significant living Gambian poet and described by critics as one of Africa's most important writers following the generation of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka. His works have been broadcast over the BBC and the National Public Radio in the U.S. An economist by training, he has taught economics at several American universities before joining the World Bank, where he managed the agriculture, irrigation and rural development program for East African countries till his recent retirement.
Dr. Nibir K. Ghosh, UGC Emeritus Fellow, Agra College, Agra, Senior Fulbright Fellow 2003-04, University of Washington, Seattle, USA & Chief Editor, Re-Markings (www.re-markings.com).