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Raza Foundation, Delhi, launches India’s first poetry biennale

T. S. Eliot in his rather little-known essay, Dante (1929), wrote ‘It is a test that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood’. While Eliot’s own poems may not have always passed the test, he did — before everyone else — see the future of poetry as being something of a merging of cultures and even language. The Raza Foundation, in an attempt, to facilitate the seamless interlocking of these poetic landscapes within India, is organising VAK (meaning speech in Sanskrit), the first ever Biennale of Indian Poetry. And true to its ambition, it intends to bring together on a single platform, through 15 languages, a number of poets, who will read, share, discuss and debate.

Poetry readings and literary festivals have been around for ages. But they have almost always been driven by themes restricted by language (English and Hindi mostly) rather than driven by its role in creating literature of value. India’s first-ever poetry biennale may finally address the issue. Read more

Source: Hindustan Times

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India: Pakistan writers not invited for South Asian Lit Festival

New Delhi, Feb 23:  The three-day South Asian Literature festival, which begins tomorrow, will not feature writers from Pakistan this year. The literature festival is being organised by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) at the India International Centre here. “We did not get permission from the authorities to invite delegates from Pakistan,” FOSWAL Founder and President Ajeet Cour told PTI.

Based on the theme of ‘Beyond Borders’ and ‘Endeavoring for peace and tranquility in the region’, the festival will see participation from the other eight SAARC countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Malaysia and India among others. Cour said the festival this year will feature more delegates and writers than its previous editions. Read more

Source: India.com

 


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Endeavouring for peace in South Asia through literature

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A literature festival is all set to bring artists from South Asia — sans Pakistan — together, aiming to endeavour for peace in the region.

The South Asian Literature Festival will be organised by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) from February 24 to February 26 at the India International Centre here.

The 30th edition of the festival will revolve around the themes of “Beyond Borders” and “Endeavouring for Peace and Tranquillity in the Region”. Read more

Source: Yahoo News


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Call for Papers: Conference on the Popular Culture of Urdu to be held in New Delhi

Tasveer-e Urdu and the Centre for Indian Languages (SLLCS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), plan to hold a two-day conference on the popular culture of Urdu language on 8-9 September 2017 in New Delhi. The organisers seek proposals of presentations that can lead to engaging discussions on the theme, outlined in the concept note shared below.

For submissions, a short abstract (not more than one page) should be sent in Urdu or English, with a short bio of the presenter’s past work, latest by 10 April 2017 to conference@tasveereurdu.in.

Once the submitted abstract/concept is selected for participation, the selected submissions will have to send the full paper (5000 to 8000 words, in Urdu or English) by August 10, 2017.

For more details visit: www.tasveereurdu.in

Concept Note:

While Urdu is typically celebrated as a language of romance and classical poetry by Ghalib, Mir, and Faiz etc., its lesser-acknowledged popular culture of movie songs, detective fiction, ghazal gayeki, poetry inscribed behind vehicles, mushairas, and qawwalis, has probably kept the language alive and kicking among the masses even as its more virtuous practitioners lament that Urdu is dying in India. So what are these popular forms that continue to thrive in the underbelly of classical Urdu and how different they are from its elite cultural life? More importantly, where does one draw a line between popular and classical in Urdu? Although some examples mentioned above are part of what we call ‘popular culture’, these were never really disconnected from what can be called ‘classical’. Urdu is not a monolithic entity in time and space – it has been changing over centuries in its vocabulary, usage, demographics and poetics. There have been multiple dilutions within Urdu that have redefined the notions of ‘Classical’ and ‘Popular’, not to mention the local or regional differences in Urdu’s use.

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44th New Delhi World Book Fair to focus on women writing

The 44th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair that is set to begin on January 7 here, will be themed ‘Manushi’, focusing on “writings on and by women”.

The 9-day-long fair, organised by National Book Trust (NBT) in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), will aim to show and project the diversity of writings by women writers.

The fair will be inaugurated by Mahendra Nath Pandey, MoS for Human Resource Development (Higher Education), on January 7 at Pragati Maidan here.

Eminent Odia writer and Jnanpith awardee Pratibha Ray will be Guest of Honour and Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to India will be the Special Guest on the ocassion. Read more

Source: Business Standard


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India: Sahitya Aaj Tak: Biggest confluence of Indian literati to be held November 12-13

In a 2010-novel, Clockwork Angel, author Cassandra Clare writes, “Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” And, India is emerging and people are becoming stronger.

For such a strong nation, Aaj Tak is bringing Sahitya Aaj Tak- the biggest confluence of Indian literati. The first edition of Sahitya Aaj Tak will be held on November 12 and 13 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.

The two-day engagement will see top literary luminaries of the country coming under one roof and sharing their views. Read more


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Singapore to be Guest of Honour Country at New Delhi World Book Fair 2015

As part of celebrating 50 years of close and cordial bilateral diplomatic relations, Singapore is the Guest of Honour Country at the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India.

Supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Media Development Authority (MDA), this endeavour intends to raise the profile of Singapore in India, and to give recognition to the authors, illustrators, publishers and other key players involved in Singapore’s publishing industry. The delegation will arrive in Delhi in two waves: publishers on 11 February, and authors and illustrators on 13 February. Continue reading


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New Delhi book fair: ‘I love reading Jhumpa Lahiri’, says actor Irrfan Khan

jhumpa_lahiri-620x412New Delhi: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan arrived here on second day of the nine-day long “New Delhi World book fair” here at Paragati Maidan on Sunday.
Addressing the mediapersons, the actor said, “I love books. They take you to another world.”
Emphasizing on reading literature, the Hindi film industry’s Paan Singh Tomar said that youngsters should develop the habit of reading good books. “The more you will read, the better you’ll get to know about the fictional world of books,” said the 47-year-old. Continue reading


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Publishing: Previewing GLOBALOCAL, India’s “Forum for Content”

GLOBALOCAL 2014 will be held at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi from 13–14 February 2014. Registrations are open until 10th February.

The annual “forum for content” in India GLOBALOCAL, organized by German Book Office, New Delhi, (GBO) and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is back to the capital of New Delhi this year, with a mix of roundtable discussions, training sessions, keynote presentations, and networking breaks.

It will be held from February 13-14, just before the curtains rise on the New Delhi World Book Fair, which begins on 15th February 15. Continue reading