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Poetry for the sake of life---

"Poets are always ready to talk about the difficulties of their art. I want to say something about its rewards and joys. The poem comes in the form of a blessing-"like rapture breaking on the mind," as I tried to phrase it in my youth. Through the years I have found this gift of poetry to be life-sustaining, life-enhancing, and absolutely unpredictable. Does one live, therefore, for the sake of poetry? No, the reverse is true: poetry is for the sake of the life."

--Stanley Kunitz, 1995

Pain and poetry have been interrelated for long time. Sometimes, these words are treated as synonyms. This is very true in Indian literature also. A famous line by the great romantic poet- Sumitranandan Pant goes - "the first song might have come out of a sigh".

But, if we relate only pain with poetry, then a big part of our lives will be missing from poetry, because no human being can afford to live with pain all the time. As Stanley, the great poet of our time says- poetry is a gift, it is a light of life, which makes us blissful.
When Meera sang for Krishna, her soul was delighted; the pain of love became joyful.
Any pain when changed to a poetry or a song becomes joy or celebration. That is why, Kritya celebrates poetry. In the beginning of our journey, we celebrated Kritya's birth as “Festival of poetry”. This celebration took place in Trivandrum (south of India). Now Kritya  is ready to celebrate her first birthday, and we are going to North India (Jammu and Kashmir) to celebrate it. The Hindi part of Kritya in this issue will be in Dogri which is an important language of the Jammu and Kashmir region. It is rich in literature. We have already presented Habba Khatuna and Lalded’s poetry in our English section. We will try to compile a whole issue for Kashmiri language and literature for the English section too, as we have brought out a Telugu special issue in the past.

 This issue is presenting the famous "Basohli" paintings of Jammu and Kashmir region. The first mention of Basohli painting is in the annual reports of the Archaeological Survey of India for the year 1918-19 published in 1921. Referring to the acquisitions of the Archaelogical Section of the Central Museum, Lahore, the Curator concludes that the  Basohli School of paintings is possibly of pre-Moghul origin, and the so called Tibeti pictures are nothing but latest productions of this school.The Basohli  style of paintings, that prevailed in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries at the foothills of the Western Himalayas in the Jammu and Punjab States, is characterized by vigorous use of primary colours and a peculiar facial formula.   The earliest paintings in this style originated in Basohli from where the style spread to the Hill States of Mankot, Nurpur, Kulu, Mandi, Suket, Bilaspur, Nalagarh, Chamba, Guler and Kangra.

The sketches in this issue are again made by our artist friend, ‘Prabhaker’. We remember him through his wonderful art.

The editor’s choice in this issue is Jibanananda Das (l899—1954) who is one of the foremost figures of modern Bengali poetry. His work combines the substance of international modernism and the timeless experience of rural Bengal with the complex and disturbing patterns of urban life and the political upheavals of his time.

Poetry of Milarepa is presented in the section of “Our masters”. He was one of the most famous yogis and poets of Tibet. Spirituality and dedication are important in these poems.

In “In the name of poetry”, we are taking a tour of the life and poetry of Jibanananda Das. A very interesting essay on Rilke, which was published in the sixties, is taken out from the library.

We have a variety of poems in the section “Poetry In Our Time” as usual.

Dear friends, thank you for becoming a part of Kritya.

With best wishes,

Rati Saxena


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