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Kolkata to host international poetry festival from Nov 23

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Nov 19 2018 5:32PM
Kolkata to host international poetry festival from Nov 23
Kolkata, Nov 19 (HS): The City of Joy is all set to become a beacon of poetic congregation, as the country''s cultural capital will soon have a three day poetry festival called the ''Chair Poetry Evenings'', to mesmerise the large culturally rich audience of this Eastern metropolis. Organised by the Chair Poetry Literary Trust, the three day festival will commence on 23 November and would continue till 25 November. Sources told Hindusthan Samachar that this international event curated by the trust would be a ''wonderful confluence of poetic musings'' from national and international participants as poets from Ireland, Macedonia, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Slovenia and France apart from hosts India would come together over extensive readings and discussions on various subjects during all the three days. To flow with the mood and in the midst of a pleasant winter season when all cultural events come alive in Kolkata, the organizers have spread the programme over a number of venues like Rotary Sadan Hall where the festival will start off followed by reading sessions and talks at Calcutta Heritage Bungalow and Sasha Studio on the Southern fringe of the city. The festival will end on a sweet note (on 25 November) on the river Ganges as the poets would spend the concluding day over readings and music on a cruise. With a wonderful multicultural and multi lingual platter of creativity from Macedonian, Flemish, Dutch, Irish, French, Slovenian, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and English poetry, this festival would gift the city and poetry lovers an impressive collection of ideas, thoughts and soul stirrings from both widely recognized poets and upcoming names. Eminent poet Padma Bhushan Sankha Ghosh was expected to inaugurate the unique event, the sources informed. The trust has also declared a ‘Poet in residence program’ to be hosted in Kolkata from December to January. Two to three selected poets from across the globe would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover up their costs in City. They would work on their latest manuscript and would also be offered an opportunity to present public readings in the city. “We endeavour to bring together the civil society in an interaction with thoughts, ideas, and questions related to human existence,” festival director Tushar Dhawal Singh told Hindusthan Samachar adding that every session would be interactive, where the audience could interact with the poets. “As our planet becomes progressively anxious with socio-political, radical, cultural, ethno national skirmishes, we consider the role of poetry as a restorative and a potent mean of diffusing values and experiences – all the more pertinent”, added festival co-director Sonnet Mondal. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Shri Ram Shaw
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