FOCUS - Tamil Literature

Staunch nationalist and social activist Subramanya ‘Bharatiyar’ is the most influential of the Tamil poets of the last century, whose stirring patriotic writings and songs aroused a whole generation. His work continues to inspire writers and find new translations. Along with his poems, the section presents works of several new and compelling voices.

Lamenting that the present scenario of Tamil novels and short stories is far from encouraging, Rajaram Brammarajan, editor of the section, avers, ‘The younger generation of contemporary Tamil poets offers a consolation. There are a couple of notable young poets who are pursuing poetry seriously.’ He presents the works of a few gifted young poets. Also included is a short fiction of the senior writer ‘Kaveri’ Lakshmi Kannan. >>>

FEATURE - Hyderabad Lit Fest 2014

The fourth edition of Hyderabad Literary Festival held in Jan 2014 was a huge draw due to several factors – venues having shifted to the heart of the city; a highly diversified programme that included several art and culture related events; many interesting workshops aimed at children and whole families; and a successful attempt to unshackle the festival from confines of lecture rooms and take it to the common man on the street.

The section offers coverage on the festival and attempts to capture the lively mood that suffused the venues on all the three days. A major highlight of the festival was the two talks noted historian-biographer Rajmohan Gandhi (in the pic) gave to packed audiences >>>


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Highlights of the section are the conversation eminent poet Jayanta Mahapatra had with the noted scholar Sachidananda Mohanty; and well-known feminist writer Sarojini Sahoo had with academic Kavita Arya. The literary articles touch upon the works of Chitra Divakaruni, Mahesh Dattani and Mallika Sengupta. >>>

The four reviews included are by Atreya Sarma of Balram Cheruparambil’s 'Mystic Warrior’; by GSP Rao of Avril and Shernaz’s 'Tapestry Poetry’; by Jaydeep Sarangi of Rizio Raj’s 'Exchanges with the Thinker’; and by Priyanka Kakoti (in pic) of the English translation of Arun Sharma’s Assamese novel 'On a Wing and a Prayer’. ...>>>

Shernaz Wadia presents her selection of 6 stories by Anirudh Kala, KL Chowdhury, Madhulika Ghose, Prashila Naik, Sunil Sharma and Vempalle Shariff’s (in pic) Telugu story ‘A Point of Nails’ translated by Atreya Sarma. The stories, each in its own unique style, present varied and interesting humanistic themes and situations. >>>

Ambika Ananth presents the poetic canvases of several poets – Shanta Acharya (in pic), Abin Chakraborty, Amreen Shaikh, Ankush Banerjee, Charles Thielman, Jhuma Sen, Lora Tomas, Neelam Dadhwal, Rafiul Rahman, Rittvika Singh, Rob Harle, Rohan Dominic Mathews, Simon Perchick and Sunita Raina Pandit. Enjoy the fare. >>>

‘Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma: The Man & His Music’ from Niyogi

‘Flying Sparks’ and ‘Parables for Healthy Minds’ launched

'My Glass of Wine', a novelette set for launch

Rashmi Singh's new novel published

'The Tanjore Painting' released

Haiku Meet in Hyderabad on 19-20 Oct 2013

Literary meet, book launch, award ceremony at Kadapa

“Memoirs & Musings of an IAS Officer” released

BAPASI Award to Dileep Jhaveri

Vempalli Shariff receives Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar


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