Kathmandu Launch of David Austell's Garuda!

Poetry@Tings in “The Himalayan Times” today…

When poetry and movement merged

KATHMANDU: The tradition of writing and reciting poetry has been continuing since a long time. The evening of October 12 in Ting Tea Lounge Hotel was more attractive as the lounge was filled with the verses of poetry along with an exhibition of paintings. It was a creative exchange between poetry and image conducted by Yuyutsu RD Sharma and Anne Lelong, a French artist.

Garuda and Other Poems of Astral Plains (2012), the second collection by the distinguished American Poet David Austell, was launched at the event. Sharma presented a workshop in poetry that described the techniques of writing poetry, difficulties while composing poems and talked about how to develop poetry into a commitment. Sharma said. “As literary culture and tradition makes us different from the rest of the world, we should be committed towards the development of poetry. Poetry should be the medium of communication and poems should be able to present the cultural scenario,” he added.

Sharma read some of his poems Little Paradise Lost, Space Cake Amsterdam, The letter, At 40 You Die from his poetic collections Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu, Nepal Trilogy and Annapurna Poems during the recitation session. He talked about the development of Nepali language and contributions of several translators in establishing poetry as an art form.

Emerging poets Anuj Ghimire, Bishwa Sigdel, Dipti Sherchan, Aashish Gurung were among others to recite their poems.

The reading and workshop was accompanied by opening of French photographer and painter Anne Lelong’s poetic photo exhibition ‘Sacred Dance’. It is about the expression of movements. She has captured the elements of movement and transformed them into photo poetry by playing with light, exposure, the human gesture and the ambience that surrounds classical Indian temple dancers.

“The art is not about classical dance form rather it is about contemporary art,” Lelong said.

Lelong’s exhibition is on till November 4.

Ten: The New Indian poets

5Edited and Selected by Jayanta Mahapatra & Yuyutsu Sharma

Ten is a groundbreaking anthology of fresh poetry from India just published by Nirala Publications. World renowned Indian poet Jayanta Mahapatra along with Yuyutsu Sharma selects ten poets writing in English to show case vivacious colours of new India. The majority of the poets included here come from humble middle class families, working silently and selflessly, serving the Muse without any hope of high material gain or media hype. In this light, the anthology bears testimony to hidden creative commotion feeding the flames of vigorous poetry alive in little known islands of the contemporary Indian culture.

  1. Anupama Raju.
  2. Rabindra K. Swain.
  3. Malovika Pawar.
  4. Soni Wadhwa.
  5. Rumjhum Biswas.
  6. Sudeep Sen.
  7. Nabanita Kanungo.
  8. Yuyutsu Sharma.
  9. Robin S Ngangom.
  10. Kympham Sing Nongkynrih.

Ten: The New Indian Poets, Hard, pp136 Rs. 295 Indian Only

ISBN 81-8250-034-6.