Festival of poetry Kritya2005

Kritya has taken her first step into the vast expanse of the world of poetry in June -2005.To mark Kritya's achievement we organized a "celebration of poetry" or poetry festival at the Museum Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Kritya has taken her first step into the vast expanse of the world of poetry in June -2005.To mark Kritya's achievement we organized a "celebration of poetry" or poetry festival at the Museum Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

As we know, poetry, the oldest form of literature, is always kept alive in other art forms like drama, dance, music and even painting. So we celebrated it by singing, acting, talking and painting poetry

poetry in the world arena and brought the world literature to Malayalis, inaugurated the function by reading poetry.
Kavalam Narayana Paniker who has given a new grammar to Indian theatre, was the chief guest and he read his own, and Ayyappa Paniker's poems.
B. D Dethan, a great painter from Kerala who has combined the tradition of Indian and western painting, painted on the spot while the poems were being rendered.

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Festival of poetry Kritya2006

We celebrated IInd poetry festival by releasing Dogari special in Abhinava (Jammu & Kashmir) in collaboration with the J&K Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages on 4 July 2006.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 JAMMU,
July 4; Art and literature unite the hearts so efforts should be made to use them as a binding force to create a "new world" imbuing only peace and prosperity -- was the underlying message on the momentous occasion of release ceremony of the first ever Dogri poetry: A special number of web magazine www.kritya.in here today.

The function was organized by Organization of Art, Culture, Languages (OACL), Kerala on the occasion of "Kavita Utsav- II" in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) at Abhinav Theatre. The Web magazine was released by OACL 's founder Director Dr Rati Saxena, who was the guest of honour in the function, while Chairman "The Kashmir Times" group of publications Ved Bhasin graced the occasion as the chief guest.

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International poetry Festival -Kritya2007

KRITYA--2007- An Introduction

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter - like the river banks - forcing spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work for art or poetry.
- Rollo May

We believe poetry is more than words arranged in aesthetic form; it is a quality, and a state of mind. And so in our search for poetry we have also looked at visual art, theatre and dance which contain the essential poetic ingredient. And while we ventured forward thus, radical and experimental work came our way from people willing to work for the cause of promoting poetry. As a result of excellent response over the past two years, it was decided to continue the adventure and help establish the Kritya Poetry Festival with voices from different parts of the world as well as from the local community.

The third edition of Kritya's Festival of Poetry  held from July 21 to 23, 2007; and this time it was  an International Festival of Poetry. To capture the Festival distinctively, a number of poets and cultural activists from all over the world  participated. To promote the voice of poetry, we revived diverse voices in art and culture. Nothing comparable is going on in the south of India. While we aspire to create widespread interest in poetry, we are also putting our emotional and financial necks on the block...so to speak!

Kritya, has grown and thrived in the last few years in almost every way - there are more events, bigger venues, larger readership and audiences and more awareness --thanks to the faith and hard work of the Kritya team.

Around 60 poets, from India and abroad will assemble in Thiruvananthapuram to present their work. Performance poets and artists will add to the Festival's cultural dimensions.

For further details and bookings, please contact the editors at


By Suma V S

A story behind the curtain-kritya2007

Some times I feel that Kritya has its own magic which reveals itself in its name. In the Vedic age, people used Kritya as word power. It saved them from all sorts of evil. It was a weapon to save lives, also a weapon to destroy. Later, Kritya changed its meaning as an evil power. In reality, Kritya is a power which could also be used negatively by some of us. Poetry has the same fate as it changes every negative aspect of life in positive ways. That is why when Kritya and poetry work together, they work as very strong positive powers. Poetry filters the negative aspect of life and makes it extensive, when gets concentrated, it changes into Kritya.
That's why I feel that Kritya chooses its own path; I just follow it and think ignorantly that I am following my own dreams. The plan of Kritya 2007 was taking shape in the month of February 2007 but I was unaware of its shape and plan. While talking to friends, the idea of an international festival came to my mind. I do not know, what was behind this thought, but I decided to follow it like a child who follows a butterfly without bothering about other obstacles which could prevent her. Time passed, the festival was only on paper. I talked to a number of people, but I wasn't sure about its shape and plans. The message about the festival reached a number of poets from different countries. This was a very difficult time for me, as I felt that my dream has reached a number of people, but my dream was yet to become concrete. General Secretary of Kritya and I wrote a number of letters to different institutions, and we also had some hope. But soon my mail box was filed with negative responses. I still had a hope. I was seeing huge boards for advertisement of jewelers and clothes on the road side while traveling between Trivandrum and Kalady. I thought that if Kritya could manage to get a big Jeweler as a main sponsor, things will be easy. I wrote to a number of Jewelers, but positive reply was nowhere............ (see next link)

Rati Saxena

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International poetry Festival Kritya2008

Kritya 2008, the fourth poetry festival celebrated by the Kritya organization, was held in Chandigarh (Punjab) in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council and with the support of the Sahitya Akademi, CILL Mysore and other literary bodies in different countries.
During the three days of this Poetry Festival, we had readings of almost 50 prominent poets.

I started from Kerala all alone with a lot of worries, and books. Amit, the young poet and artist joined me in Delhi. When I reached Chandigarh, a young energetic writer Kripal joined me in my mission. Vijendra Vij was regularly working from Delhi. Shalbha, the Trustee of Kritya, joined us on 13th evening, and I must say that these four young supporters were the pillars of the success of Kritya 2008.

The guests of Kritya started coming to Chandigarh from the 12th evening itself. And by the 14th morning, we had poets from all over the world. Our inaugural session started at 10 a.m at the Punjab Art council. It was inaugurated by a great Indian poet Kunwar Narain ji, who had recently received the Jnanpeeth Award, which is considered the biggest award in India. The function was presided over by Dr. Swarn Singh, the Principal Secretary of the Punjab Government.

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Kritya in Europe


Binario 7 theatre - magic evening
'Pagliarani, Matarrese and Saxena, poetry has no boundaries'

The evening goes on with a reading by Eleonora Matarrese with music by Ryck Valli: a long poem called "Die Welt", that the young poet (born in 1976, with origin from Puglia) read with music. A "memento mori" disquieting and powerful, made even more touching to the intensity of the music.At the end, guest of honor of the evening, the indian poet Rati Saxena (in the picture), introduced and traduced by Federico Federici. Rati Saxena dressed an elegant black sari and she read her poems in the original language. Poems in hindi, that are music, placidity, levity, quiet. And life. Poems, traduced by Federico Federici, that are words of love and friendship. The love and the friendship that we can find in the small things, for example insects and objects. This joyful poetry from Rati Saxena made the international also the evening of CReO: "An important evening - said Dome Bulfaro -that draw, through the English language, a bridge between Italy, United Kingdom and India". An important evening ad the end of an important day that made global the local reality.

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International poetry Festival

The Festival was organised in collaboration with the CIIL, Mysore, which is a Central Government body for the promotion of languages.

The fifth Kritya 2010 Festival concentrated on the poetry of exile, trauma and survival.
The known poets of exile all around the world who had assembled for the festival expressed exile in different individual terms.
We had renounced poets from other countries; Zingonia Zingone (Italy),Osvaldo Sauma, Peter Waugh (Austria ), Dieter Berdel (Austria ), Enrique Moya , Maria Elena Blanco (Cuba), Victoria Slavuski (Argentina), Bernhard Widder (Austria), Hanane Aad (Lebanon), Alicia Partnoy, Diti Ronen (Tel-Aviv, Israel), Helen Dwyer ( Ireland), Nguyen chi Strung (Vietnam) , Odveig Klyve ( Norway), Behzad Zarrinpoor (Iran), Maryam ala Amjadi (Iran), who participated in the festival. Their poetry was well received by the other poets & artists.

Indian poets who took part in this festival were Vivek Narayan, Prayag Shukla, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Agnishekhar, Tenzin Tsundue, Shyamala nair, Jayasree Ramakrishnan nair, Rati Saxena, Umesh Chand Chowhan,, Alka tyagi, Shailey, Bijay Kumar Shaw ( Nishant), Dushyant, Aruna Sharma , Amit Kalla, Prantik Banerjee.
Kritya's engagement with arts and the aesthetic experience through poetry and allied art forms has always manifest itself in the blending of the visual and the poetic.

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International Poetry Festival
Realizations of Gender through Poetry

Kritya2011 ( Tentative Dates- 19th, 20th & 21st    January  2011) at Nagpur-Maharashtra

Expressions/ (Manifestations) and Realizations of Gender in/through Poetry

Kritya's mode noveau since Kritya2010 is to anchor its Festivals to a theme for better impact. Thus Kritya2010 focused on the poetry of Exile, Trauma and Survival. Kritya2011 will focus on the manifestations and realizations of gender through poetry. Every language brings with it its own baggage of gender codes. Expressions of gender transcend pronouns to cross over beyond love and beauty to patriotism, homelands, justice, ideals and ideas, sound and silence, nature, life/birth and death/murder, light and shadow, art, animate and inanimate objects to typhoons and cyclones and other natural and unnatural disasters. For the poet gender associations and metaphors fulfill a wide range of innovative possibilities. The excesses are disguised through aesthetics often even hiding the gender of the poet through a deliberate and contrived stance. Even the portrayal of Gods through an excess of devotion spills over in deciding finalities of gender. Often absolute neutrality of a subject demands a carefully laid out foil for gender. Interestingly also the use of personal pronouns by numerous poets explores several possibilities of gendered readings. Gender is closely related to the question of identity and superscriptions of gender defines an abiding pleasure principle through poetry.

Main events-

Poetry Reading along with translations

Photo Poetry

Poetry in theater

Poetry in painting among young mind


Poetry Films

Place: Nagpur ( Maharashtra) INDIA

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Kritya2012- an international poetry festival --Dedicated to Rabindra Nath

Tagore “Poetry, the oldest form of literature, is always kept alive in other art forms like, dance, music, photography, films and painting. So we celebrated it by singing, acting, talking and painting poetry.”
The 7th edition of Kriya International Poetry Festival, Kritya 2012 was held at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram from January 16 - 18, 2012 and the extension of the festival was held on January 19 at Asan Smarakam, Thonnakkal and on January 20 and 21 at Sameeksha Ashram, Kalady. It has a great occasion for the organizers and participants alike as the festival had once again come to its homeland Kerala. The festival honoured the poet-seer Rabindranath Tagore and celebrated his idea of peace in this period of unrest. In perfect keeping with the theme, the three day festival at Vyloppilli Bhavan began with Rabindra Sangeet soulfully rendered by Mrs. Abhradita Maitra Banerjee, the well-known Hindustani musician. Poets from all over the world took part in the ceremonial lighting of the lamp. In her opening speech, Dr. Rati Saxena, the Festival Director highlighted the significance of the collective of poets and talked about the commitment of Kritya Literary Foundation to furthering poetry and other art forms.
Artistes from Eklavya Ashram staged a Visual Presentation of Malayalam
poetry, which was well received by the audience. Jnanpith award winner and
Kerala's own favourite poet Shri. O.N.V. Kurup rendered the inaugural poetry International poetry Festival Kritya2012

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( 15th, 16th & 17th    September  2013)

International Poetry Festival-Kritya 2013 to be held at Wardha with the support of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya

Kritya is a trust, formally registered in January 2007 in Kerala, India with a view to advance and enrich art, literature and culture. Along with other literary activities, Kritya organizes an international poetry festival every year in different parts of India. The sixth International Poetry Festival Kritya2013, is planned to be held at Wardha (Maharashtra) with the support of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, on 15, 16 and 17 September 2013. The festival theme this time is “'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' across Many Cultures.” Though “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (Universal brotherhood) is an ancient Vedic concept of the world as one family, it continues to be interpreted through time by various individuals in different ways. Religious leaders and their followers interpreted it to impose unity based on religion and this interpretation led to wars of conquest. But the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam as interpreted by Mahatma Gandhi, who associated it with peace and kinship, is more relevant than ever in the current conditions of disturbance and uncertainty. As we are hosting the Kritya Festival in Wardha, with the support of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, the theme of the festival 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam across Many Cultures' becomes very significant.

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