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Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to deepen the many facets of poetry – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

Jaipur: Poetry is an integral part of art, culture and literature and in a wider context it reflects the heritage of a civilization. Set to go hybrid this year, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 will feature some of the most popular poets of the contemporary world. The Festival will offer a variety of sessions highlighting various aspects of poetry.

Produced by pioneering performing arts and entertainment organization Teamwork Artsthe festival will be have a session of readings and conversations. During one of these sessions, writer, poet, translator and activist, Meena Kandasamy will take the audience on a journey navigating between the dimensions of self, politics and gender. She is the author of critically acclaimed works of poetry, prose and translation, such as gypsy goddess, This poem will provoke you, When I hit you, exquisite corpses, The orders were to rape you and the women, Dream. Kandasamy and Editor-in-Chief, Penguin Random House India, Manasi Subramaniamwill talk about the weight of words, beliefs, ideologies and the space in between.

The epic poem, The light of Asia, by Sir Edwin Arnold first took the world by storm in 1879. Sir Arnold’s interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s undisputed favourites. Author and member of the Rajya Sabha, Jairam Rameshthe book, The light of Asia: the poem who defined the Buddha, attempts to contextualize and understand this important narrative poem which has become a reference in Buddhist historiography today. Weaving literary, cultural, political, and social history together, the book not only helps us understand the Buddha, but also explores the life of the multifaceted poet who was himself steeped in Sanskrit literature. In conversation with the author and the scholar Malashri LalRamesh will inspect the form and style of this iconic poem and its lasting impact on world history.

During another session devoted to the political and poetic articulation of the right to belong, Kandasamy and poet Akhil Katyal will be in conversation with a prominent journalist Mandira Nayar. They will discuss the voice, force and cadence of diversity and difference.

Award-winning poet, author and critic Arundhati Subramaniam contributed greatly to contemporary spiritual writing and exploration. During a session entitled “Women who carry only themselves: yoga, poetry and culture”, she will meet with the managing director of the Yuva Ekta Foundation. Puneeta Royto discuss the confluence of literature, culture and yoga, the ultimate practice and meeting place of individual consciousness and the universe.

The Festival will also present a “Poetry Hour” – a series of multi-vocal poetry readings where different languages, rhythms and styles converge in a joyous celebration of imaginative possibility. Separated into four sessions, ‘Poetry Hour’ will feature a prominent writer from Rajasthan Chandra Prakash Deval; poet and editor Sudeep Sen; award-winning poet and writer Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih who writes in Khasi and English; Rajasthan and Hindi writer and translator Jitendra Kumar Soni; author of over 40 books Anita Agnihotri who writes in Bengali; well known writer of Rajasthan and Hindi Nand Bhardwaj; writer and translator Akhil Katyal; poet, critic, cultural theorist, independent curator and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Prize Ranjit Hoskote; writer, poet, translator and activist Meena Kandasamy; publisher and editor of Rajasthan’s first bilingual monthly lifestyle magazine, Simply Jaipur, Anshu hard; poet and novelist Anukrti Upadhyay; writer and influential voice in Odia literature Paramita Satpathy; photographer and writer Devendra Bisaria; Poet, editor and anthologist nominated for the Pushcart Prize Kala Ramesh; award-winning translator, writer and literary historian Rakhshanda Jalil.


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