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As already mentioned, Dr. Rukmini Bhaya Nair , a Profesor at the IIT is arranging a meet for peace at the Indian Institute of Technology in October, possibly the 18th. At the India International Centre we will have a large Poetry reading on 10th November.
Thanks Hatto for the poems
On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 10:04 PM, Keki Daruwalla <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear Fernando,Dr. Rukmini Bhaya Nair arranged a meeting for Peace at the Indian Institute of Technology, one of our most prestigious educational institutes in the country. This was held on 21st Octobber. We had psychologists, activists like Harsh Mander, philosophy professors speaking on peace. Prof Nair and I read poetry. Rukmini Nair is one of our finest poets apart from being a well known academic .I briefed the audience about happenings in Colombia and of course talked of Medellin. Am almost tempted to attach a poem I wrote for the day.Am holding a POetry for Peace evening on 10th Novemberat the India International Centre.all the bestKeki Daruwalla
HI, we are organizing poetry readings in six places, by poets and poetry lovers, no government help, and will take place from Jammu to Andhra Pradesh in the South, (almost North to South)
On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:25 PM, Satchid Anandan <email@example.com> wrote:
I will be associating myself with the events in Delhi and am also asking the Sahitya Akademi ( National Academy of Letters) to organize a poetry event around the theme of peace.( Earlier Akademi observed World Poetry Day twice on my advice based on Fernando's suggestion )
Prof K Satchidanandan,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study,
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In past we had poetry readings in Mumbai for this purpose and Menka Shivdasani had organised these. She is an excellent poet in English and one of the finest persons doing many silent activities for rural and tribal children. She has been to several literary festivals in India and internationally.
Next month we have a poetry reading in a small town in Gujarat. I will ask the organizers to associate it with the movement of peace.
From: Kalyanee Rajan
Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 1:47 PM
Subject: Poetry for peace report
To: Keki Daruwalla
Here it is.
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Please circulate among the others too.
“Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.”
15 Nov 2016: “Poetry for Peace (Why War?)” on Nov 10, 2016
The Poetry Society (India) in collaboration with the India International Centre (IIC) organised a reading of poems on “Poetry for Peace (Why War?)” on Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 at IIC Conference Room 1, New Delhi. The event saw a stirring line-up of eminent poets reading famous and self-composed poems on the burning topic, keeping in view the current volatile atmosphere of the world at large, and indeed teeming with the possibility of a third world war. The program was opened by Mandira Ghosh, poet and the current Treasurer of The Poetry Society (India), who provided a brief background of the event before handing over the proceedings to the chair, renowned poet Keki N Daruwalla. Daruwalla shared his remarkable experience of reading poetry at the International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Colombia held earlier this year from 18th to 25th June.
Savita Singh, before reading her poems in Hindi, stressed on the poets’ need to be “naïve” in order to write about peace. Her nuanced and elegantly phrased poems “Aakanksha ka makaan,” “Naya Andhera” and “Anidra Mein” set the evening rolling. The next to read was Bhaskar Ghose who shared poems of G M Hopkins (“Peace”) and Rabindranath Tagore (“Question”). The next to read was Kavita Singhal, whose poem with the refrain “Shantih, Shantih, Shantih” was well appreciated. Gagan Gill shared two very powerful poems by Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet titled “Optimistic Man” and “On Living.” Rukmini Bhaya Nair shared her poems primarily written for children, including the thumping rap poem “Agitprop Verses – The Fundamentals” which electrified the atmosphere. Bhaskar Ghose shared Rilke’s famous “Buddha in Glory,” and journalist and poet Sanjula Sharma shared her poems beginning with an impressive Haiku, and ending with a soulful reading of her “A Little Piece of Peace.” The readings were capped by Daruwalla’s own “A Poem for Peace,” “Naropa’s Wife” and “Jerusalem” recited in his slow, mellifluous voice, which aptly brought out the various facets of the exigent theme of peace (and war!), while the evening reverberated with the ever-mystifying power of poetry.
Kalyanee Rajan, Assistant Professor (English), Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College, University of Delhi
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