Saturday, January 12, 2019
National Symposium of Poets 2019 in 23 different Indian Languages held in Chennai Organized by AIR Chennai.
They spoke different languages, but they sat together, under an umbrella called poetry. In 2018, All-India Radio, Chennai celebrated 80 years of service as public broadcaster. However, the historic institution didn’t get an opportunity to host the National Symposium of Poets (Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan), a prestigious programme introduced in 1956, until Thursday when the city witnessed eminent poets from 22 Indian languages coming together to offer their creative best.It is the first time that the AIR Chennai has hosted the the festival of poetry that provides a creative platform to national integration and linguistic harmony. Poems in all the languages were recited and there were proper arrangements for translation by rendering of each poem in Hindi and Tamil versions, translated by eminent scholars.
When young Assamese poet Pankaj Gobinda Medhi recited his poem, there was silence. The audience couldn’t follow the language, even after Soumya Bandhopadhyay recited the translated version of Medhi’s poem in Hindi. But when senior writer G Tilakavathi read it out in Tamil, it evoked a tremendous response. The exercise paid off, particularly when it came to languages like Dogri, Bodo, Sindhi and Santhali.Scientist-poet Ashutosh Parida’s poems were translated from Odiya to Tamil by Indiran and when he read it out, the audience responded to his vibrant renderings. Poets like Guhai Ma Pugazhendi (Tamil), Prabha Varma (Malayalam), Alam Khursheed (Urdu), Nisar Azam (Srinagar), Gulam Muhammed Sheikh (Gujarati), Usha Kiran (Dogri), Kiran Yele (Marathi), Som Thakur (Hindi) were among those who participated in the symposium.Poetry is not merely an intellectual pursuit; it inspires and inculcates noble ideas in the minds of the people,” said Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, who was the chief guest, at the National Symposium of Poets – 2019 at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai on Thursday. “Powerful poetry has not only transformed the lives of millions of individuals, but they have made many nation states of today, changed the status quo and aided in the progress and development of both the individual and the society at large. And what better example can there be, than our national poet, the great Subramaniya Bharathi,” he said. “Bharathi used literary richness and versatility of Tamil to promote the cause of national unity and oneness,” said the Governor.
The AIR will broadcast a two-hour recording of the poetry symposium on its national network at 10pm on January 25 on the eve of the Republic Day. Fayyaz Shehryar, director general, AIR, New Delhi, additional director generals, Raj Shekar Vyas and Raj Kumar Upadhyay were present.
Source:- https://m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/all-india-radio-celebrates-poetry-in-different-languages/amp_articleshow/67481702.cmsContributed by:-Shri.Jhavendra Kumar Dhruw ,email@example.com