My Voice 

Literature Binds Hearts, Can Create a New World 

      The regular readers of Kritya may remember the "Festival of poetry- 2005", at the time of launching of the journal. It was our wish at that time that the next celebration of Kritya should be held in Jammu, since a very active member of our editorial board, Dr. Agnishekhar was there. Infact, the idea of Kritya was to bring all of Indian literature on to a single platform in front of world literature. That is why Kritya started with "Khasi poetry" in the north east and "Kashmiri poetry" in the north, including "Malayalam poetry" from Kerala, in the south. Thus Kritya could outline a triangular boundary, which brought Indian literature upon a single platform. 

I reached Jammu on 2 July. In the evening there was a meeting with young artists, poets and writers of Jammu at Rangayan Theater. The programme started with the formal introduction of Kritya and it ended with a very informal discussion regarding literature and the future of Kritya. It was very encouraging for me as the editor that a number of readers were comfortable with the new technology. At the same time they had a good understanding of standard literature on the net. We talked on a number of topics such as translation of literature, font’s problem on the net, shayari in Hindi poetry and the future of Indian literature in the international stage and many more.  A number of  lecturers  were present there - Sanjana koul, Ravindra , Liyaqat , Shekh Muhammad, Agnishekhar, Sanjay , and many others.  

That night itself we planned to go to Vaishno Devi, which was an eye opener to me regarding how useless my body had become as far as reaching out to nature was concerned. We came back on the  evening of third  July, tired and rather disappointed by our own discomfort and weakness. 

The 4th of July was an important day for us as Kritya had Festival of Poetry - 2 and release of Dogari special in Abhinava Theater in collaboration with the J&K Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages at 6 pm. I had been interviewed by Ravindra Koul for Z TV, Jammu for the program Guftagoo in the morning itself. It was nice to know that viewers of Jammu channel are there all over the world.  

The Line editor, Dr. Agnishekhar had planned every thing in such an interesting way that Nukkadh Natak ( street play) ) - “theeth” (insight) was played by Rangayug artists in the opening in front of the theater. The esteemed group of artists and lecturers enjoyed the play as much as the common men of the city. The play portrayed the image of contemporary Jammu and its problems. The problems touched everything from population explosion to pollution, and even the falling moral values. I feel that every growing city is facing the same problems. This play and the posters made on Dogari poetry by a young artist were a big draw. By the time the audience took their seats in the theater, the stage was ready with noted singer artist  Naina Sapru, who sang a beautiful Dogari folk song- “ Pal bhar bai jana kol jinde”; after that singer Nirbhay singh Salathiya presented “ meri gali cha fera daal ja tu mra ji nii lagada”; afterwards a duet was presented by both the singers- “kapde dhoaan kanne roaankunjua bitch button nishani O..” The flute, tabala and other instruments that accompanied the songs added to the overall charm.  

After the songs, by the time the hearts and minds of the audience were completely ready for poetry, three artists recited the poems of famous Dogari poets. Rajkumar Bahrupiya , noted actor of Rangyug recited Kehari Singh Madhukar’s poem- “be charag bastiyan” followed by “mu uain par mullah jade mane cha jaldi jalan aih mre samen da chalan aih.” Chanchal Sharma, the noted singer, presented Padma Sachdeva’s poetry and Dr Sudher Mahajan recited the poem of Mohan Lal Sapoliya.  

By the time Dr Agnishekhar welcomed the gathering, the audience had already entered the  world of poetry. He stressed the need to keep pace with the changing times in terms of literature as well. Literature or more appropriately languages, which are a means of communication, are also changing in the era of “Globalization” and “Industrialization.”  He mentioned that Kritya is keen on presenting the best Indian poetry - this particular issue of Dogari is important not only for readers of Dogari literature, but for readers in other languages also, as more and more people can read literature of the Dogari language. Thus Kritya will try to cover all Indian languages one by one.  

As editor of Kritya, I explained the future plans of Kritya . Kritya is not a web journal but an institute, which tries to bring Indian literature on the world map and world literature for Indian readers. Thus we are making our place on the world stage. The next issue of Kritya will be in Kashmiri (in the Hindi section); we will bring out world literature also in the same manner

Prof. Ved Bhasin , the chairman of “ The Kashmir Times” group of publications- congratulated the Kritya team for making an effort   to explore the gems of literature in the regional languages and providing them exposure at the international level. He said - regional languages have a literary treasure trove, which needs to be explored and brought at the international level. The great living litterateur, Pro. Ram Nath Shastri’s presence in the audience was encouraging us. Most of the writers, poets and artists of Jammu were there among the audience. 

Dear readers, in “Editor’s Choice” in this issue, we feature Ali Sardaar Jafri, Urdu poet and an intellectual of the left as well as a major figure in the Progressive Writers' Association. “Our Masters” in the present issue portrays the great English poet Byron. In the section “In the name of Poetry” enjoy reading “Byron- An Introduction” by A. S. B. Glover. As usual, in “Poetry of our Time” we have a number of versatile poets, from English, Telugu, Dogari and Hindi, whose poems provide delightful reading. A specialty this time – we do not have paintings, but lovely pictures of Ladakh. Enjoy viewing those! 
Once again, my dear readers, I strongly believe that hard work will surely bear fruit, if our intention is good. I hope and wish that the next “Festival of poetry” by Kritya will be celebrated in the north-east, may be in Assam or Sikkim. 

Rati Saxena


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