26 Sep 2015: Poetic Prism 2015

26 Sep 2015: Poetic Prism 2015

A cosy group of poets from different languages and parts of the country descended on Vijayawada on Saturday, 19 Sep 2015, to take part in the Poetic Prism 2015, the maiden Multilingual Poetic Meet organised by The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV) founded by Y Harish Chandra Prasad, Chairman of the Malaxmi Group. Representing as many 9 languages – Telugu, English, Bengali, French, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu – about 40 poets, well-known and younger, re-created poetic waves and ripples that blended and danced with those of the Krishna River, as the divine rays from Goddess Kanakadurga – whose temple is nestled in the Indrakila hill – formed a canopy of blessings over the meet of the muse. While a few poets were able to sing their poems tunefully and melodiously, some others recited both the versions – their original as well as its translation into English/Telugu.

The event was sponsored by AP Tourism, Srinivasa Hatcheries, Andhra Bank and Malaxmi group.

Smt Gadde Anuradha, chairperson of the Krishna Zilla Parishat, who was the chief guest called upon the poets to compose their musings on the dreams of the new Andhra state and project its conceived capital – Amaravati, to inspire the people of the new state. Suresh Rayudu Chitturi, MD of Srinivasa Hatcheries; and Gundarapu Hari Babu, Corporator (Ward No. 26) of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation addressed the gathering.

The venue was the Conference Hall of the APTDC Hotel in its Haritha Berm Park, in the Bhavanipuram locality of the Vijayawada city on the left bank of the Krishna.

The post-prayer Kuchipudi ballet staged on the importance and vision of the upcoming capital Amaravati of the new state regaled the participants with its stirring lyrics, liquid histrionics and vigorous footwork. The dancers – both girls and boys – did a wonderful job, led and directed by ‘Swatantra Bharati’ Ramesh.

Senior poet Rajaram Ramachandran from Mumbai with 21 works of poetry to his credit was felicitated on the occasion. A silent philanthropist, he had a long association with Vijayawada until he retired in 1989 as the Divisional Manager (Accounts) of the Vijayawada Division of SC Railway.

A multilingual anthology, Poetic Prism 2015, with 142 pages with poems by as many poets was brought out on the occasion. Perugu Ramakrishna from Nellore and Elizabeth Kurien Mona from Hyderabad who had got many poets to contribute to the anthology especially in Telugu and Hindi/Urdu were too felicitated.

Incidentally, it is a matter of gratification that many poets associated with Muse India, including this reporter, happened to be the participants in the Poetic Prism 2015.

All the poets were presented with elegantly designed certificates of participation.

The poets were accommodated in the guest rooms of the APTDC both in the Haritha Berm Park on the left bank of the Krishna as well as in the Bhavani Island in the middle of the river.

The event was ably anchored by Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, CEO, CCV; Padmaja Iyengar, Honorary Literary Advisor to CCV; and Lakshmi MS, Head of Marketing & Communication of the Property Division of the Malaxmi group. Lakshmi had, in the course of her spontaneous freewheeling interview, indulged the poets with meaningful questions on the aspects of creativity and inspiration. The services of Padmaja Iyengar in networking with the poets, in the publication of the anthology, and in individually looking to the comfort of each and every participant were widely applauded. And finally when it was the farewell time, everyone dispersed with a sweet expectation of taking part in the Poetic Prism 2016. 

Report by: U Atreya Sarma, Editor (News & Events), Sep 26, 2015

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