by Rati Saxena at kritya
The blossoming of Kritya has been like the sweet unfolding of a
cherished dream for all of us working in its background. Kritya
was launched in a small but well-attended function in the year
2005. It was a unique gathering because we had the good fortune
to have in our midst some well known Malayalam poets, artists
and theater personalities like Ayyappa Paniker, Vinaya Chandran,
Kavalam Narayan Panikker and B.D Dethan. Our celebration that
wonderful evening was enriched with poetry reading in
conjunction with painting and drama. At that time, Kritya’s
stature as it is today was not something we could dream of. But
with God’s grace and with the blessings of our Masters, we have
come a long way discovering the many dimensions of poetry. In
our journey, poetry has proved to be a wonderful medium that can
touch hearts and make strong and meaningful relationships. We
consider this as an enterprise with noble ideals -- we hope to
establish and strengthen a fraternity of peace and mutual
understanding through the medium of poetry. It is also Kritya's
commitment to bring back the great works of our past Masters
with due tributes, while at the same time encouraging new talent
without compromising on quality.
Kritya, with her nomadic nature, has been to many places in
these past years. She has been received with open arms and
applauded in a number of beautiful locations -- Jammu,
Chandigarh, Mysore, Trivandrum and even a few places in Europe.
Always, Kritya's aim has been to give pride of place to poetry
among the arts and effect a smooth communication among all the
arts and languages of the world. What has been most gratifying
to us at Kritya is that we have been quite successful in
bringing about a beautiful and constructive dialogue between all
the art forms and the diverse languages of the world.
Kritya has always had well-wishers blessing her on her way; we
have had great co-operation from poets, artists and other
creative people who have recognized her noble ideals. Kritya
gratefully acknowledges her patrons, who have made these
festivals possible. At all her festivals, Kritya has been
fortunate to get some of the best poets and artists in the world
together under a single roof. It has been amazing to witness how
poetry blended herself most gracefully with painting,
photography, theatre and film on each of these occasions.
Kritya's 2011 poetry festival is organized in collaboration with
Lady Amritabai Daga College (LAD) and its other educational
institutes. First of all, I welcome and thank our host, who has
done wonderful work by organizing and hosting this festival in
such a grand way. I am sure our guests will always remember this
festival because of the high standards maintained.
This time, we again have a collage of different art forms with
poetry at its epicenter. This festival offers us the unique
opportunity to enjoy the creative output of children. We will be
having 100 children of the Basoli group, who will paint the
poetic themes as and when the poems are read out. We have Sadho,
to show us poetic paintings on the screen. A number of poets and
artists from other countries like Norway, Turkey, Iran and more
will also present a few poetry films. What is more, we are also
going to see poetry captured through the camera lens. The main
participants in our Photo–Poetry exhibition are Odveig Klyve
from Norway, Sabina Shikhlinskaya from Azerbaijan, Yeshim
Agaoglu from Turkey and Sangita from LAD.
We will have two special Marathi poetry sessions along with
translations. We will also present all poems in three languages,
the poet’s mother tongue, English in projection and Hindi in
translations. Our poets have been working for a long time to
We are fortunate to have two great names in this field on the
dais to encourage us – Ashok Vajpeyi ji and Javed Akhtar ji.
Ashok ji is a pioneer in literature, a number of festivals have
been organized under his guidance. He is also a great poet,
critic and translator of our time. He has been widely recognized
nationally and internationally for his efforts at promoting art
and culture. I am sure we will get some guidance from him for
our future festivals, I welcome you sir on behalf of LAD and
The most powerful art media in our country is film, compared to
which literature, especially poetry, has only a back seat. Still
there are a few personalities, who have made a good balance
between both. Yes, I am talking about Javed Akhtar ji, poet,
lyricist and scriptwriter from the world of cinema. He has
created such wonderful poetic films, that we recognize him more
as a poet than script writer.
I know Javed ji will not feel the glitz and glamour of the filmy
world in this festival, but I am sure, if he stays with us for
three days, he can partake in another world, which is stronger
and eternal compared to the screen world. I welcome you sir, on
behalf of LAD and Kritya and request you to stay with us for all
the 3 days.
Today we have with us great poets from our country like Ramesh
Chandra Shah, Mandloi ji, Joshi ji, Alok Dhanwa and Kumar Ambuj
ji, Saroop Dhruv ji Rajendra Patel, Dilip Jhaveri , Bishnu
Mohapatra , Hemant Divate and many others. I welcome all of you
to this festival; I welcome the poets from other countries, and
all of Kritya’s patrons, well-wishers and friends.
I also welcome Chandrakant Channe ji and his group, the media,
press, and also the poetry lovers of this beautiful city Nagpur.
I welcome Panna Akhani ji, the host Director of the festival,
who had supervised and directed all the preparations at every
Let me also welcome Varsha Manohar, the life line of the
festival, this festival could take shape only because of her
strong will and excellent direction.
I welcome the organizing committee of LAD, students and each and
I am sure this festival will be a one-of-a-kind experience for
us all, allowing us to bask in the sunshine of these glorious
art forms, away from our mundane worries and travails, creating
a unique ambience where only Art matters. Let us enjoy that
space, "that breathing room for the spirit" which art offers.
director Poetry Festival