Poetry is the eldest child of literature anywhere in the world, whether it is the Vedas and the Upanishads in India, or the Iliad and the Odyssey in Ancient Greece. Of the Nine Muses from Greek mythology, five are connected with poetry – Calliope, Euterpe, Thalia, Erato and Polyhymnia. They represent poetry in its epic, lyric, pastoral, love and sacred forms.
Even in contemporary times poetry has retained its place in the hearts of people from all around the globe. In the 20th century when wars, holocausts, ethnic violence and other horrors had ravaged our planet, poetry survived.
This festival of contemporary poetry shall begin on World Poetry Day – 21st March 2021. It has been designed to enable the appreciation of some of the greatest poems written in the 20th century by some of the most famous poets from around the world.
1. Kamala, Imtiaz Dharker and Nissim Ezekiel Das
2. Margaret Atwood and Leonard Cohen
3. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath and BoB Dylan
4. Taslima Nasrin and Ammar Aziz
5. Leopold Senghor and Wole Soyinka
6. Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda and Yevtushenko
7. Derek Walcott and Aime Cesaire
8. Yehuda Amichai and Mahmoud Darwish
9. Patrizia Cavalli and Angel Gonzalez
10. Seamus Heaney and Dylan Thomas
11. Hans Henzenberger and Czesław Miłosz
12. Blake Morrison and Helen Dunmore
13. Michel Houellebecq and Jackie Kay
14. Anna Akhmatova, Wislawa Szymborska, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Kevin
15. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Chimako Tada, Langston Hughes, Shu Ting, Grace Nichols and Mari Evans
About The Speakers
Prof.Dr. Sridhar Rajeswaran is a Visiting Professor of Humanities at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the CoHaB IDC Constructions of Home and Belonging Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai. He is Global Faculty at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. He has studied at the Universities of Madras and Bombay. His doctoral work dealt with postcolonial perspectives on the poetry of W.B. Yeats. His postdoctoral areas of research are Modernist Poetry, Modern Indian Drama, Postcolonial Studies and Studies of the Indian Diaspora in Literature and films.
Prof. Dr. Nilufer E Bharucha is Director of the Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging – Indian Diaspora Centre, Visiting Professor of Humanities, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences and Former Senior Professor and Chair, Department of English, all at the University of Mumbai. Professor Bharucha is Faculty Associate Emeritus, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada and Global Faculty, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. She has served on the jury of the Commonwealth Literature award and the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi Literature award in English. She has also been on the jury for the Rhodes scholarship. She has authored and edited 6 books in the areas of Postcolonial Indian Writing, Diasporic Indian Literature & Cinema and the Writing of the Parsis. One of her recent books is entitled Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema. She is co-editor of the CoHaB IDC’s Diaspora Studies Series. She has contributed 3 modules on Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema to the University Grants Commission’s online Postgraduate E-pathshala.
Dr. Preeti Shirodkar has Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Mumbai, Dr. Preeti Shirodkar, Associate Professor has over 28 years of experience in teaching English Literature, Communication and Soft Skills. She has conducted numerous training programmes and delivered talks for the academia and industry, served at varied undergraduate and postgraduate departments in Mumbai and has been to Germany and England as a Visiting Scholar. A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, she has also completed 2 Minor Research Projects for the University of Mumbai. She is a recipient of many awards and has written 7 books and has presented and published many articles and papers at national and international forums. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, editing and creative and critical writing.