8th Annual India Poetry Reading
Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies organized 8th Annual India Poetry Reading On May 8, 2004 as concluding event of the series of outreach lectures. The event took place at Harvard Science Center. The theme of this year’s reading was “Love”. Eminent Hindi, English, Tamil, Urdu, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya and kumauni poets recited their poems. This year’s attraction was comprised of poetry by both established and young upcoming poets.
The event began with welcome remarks by Bijoy Misra, on behalf of the Outreach Committee, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies followed by a vibrant poetic invocation by Nandlal Nayak with his classic song “Sangi Re”. Albert Sherring introduced participating poets and audiences to the theme of event through his creation titled “Gazal urf Mohabbat”. Erna hooton recited a melodic poetic song “A song of India” originally composed by Nocolay Rimsky Korsakaw. Sajjad Kamal recited a love poem. Ajit Chaddha recited an English poem entitled “Mother Nature” and a Punjabi poem “Mera Hamsaya”. Reshma Singh with Swapna Sundaram presented a English poem “Harmony in love” followed by another English composition by Edith Parekh. Uma Nalaippan recited a tamil poem” Anbu Enga”. Deepa Nelaippan recited an English poem “Where is love”. Naseem Hines recited a beautiful Gazal.. Niranjan Durani read his English love poem. Satyaprira Sarkar recited Jibananda Das composed Bengali poem entitled “Banalata Sen”. Jamunabai Prakash read a poem entitled “An Ode to Raaga Bhairava” dedicated to her guru. Balachandra Ramaiah read his Kannada poem “Premada Sandesa”. Y
ogeswar Dayal read Ashok Chakradhar composed Hindi poem “ Ek Kaahni”. Rosie Kamal read an English poem translated from Bengali, titled “A Birth Talk”. Subhash Saigal recited a poem titled “Sneh” followed by a sweet love geet in Hindi by Abhinav Shukla. Dhara dhaulakhandi read a kumauni poem titled “Bajyu makani tumari yad aich” composed by sister Kamala Dhaulakhandi and one his own composition in Hindi titled “Ishwvar ka pyar”. Bijoy Mishra recited beautiful oriya poem “Kete dure” written by his father, late Sri Manmohan Misra. Audience applauded the compositions and recitations.
The recital concluded with Nanadlal nayak’ highly echoing hindi love poem and vote of thanks by Bijoy Misra.