World Poetry Day
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 talk 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.
About the Speakers:
Prof.Dr. Sridhar Rajeswaran: 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: 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.