2017-02-14 09:42 Kathmandu, Feb 14:
The Amity University in Haryana, India has conferred the title of Honorary Professorship on Nepali litterateur Yuyutsu RD Sharma during the varsity’s third Convocation Ceremony.
Founding President and Chancellor Ashok K Chauhan, incumbent Chancellor Aseem K Chauhan and Vice Chancellor PB Sharma jointly bestowed the honour on Sharma for ‘unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the field of English poetry and extraordinary qualities of creativity’.
The Amity University stated that he conferred the honour on litterateur Sharma for his extraordinary achievements and contribution to the field of English literature and creative writing.
Sharma, who is known as the Himalayan Poet, has penned numerous poems in Nepali and English languages, essay collections, translation and other write-ups.
–RSS ( National News Agency, Nepal)
Amity University Conferred an Honorary Professorship on World Renowned Himalayan Poet, Yuyutsu Sharma during the third Convocation Ceremony of the University held for the students who have successfully completed their Academic Programs in 2016 at University Campus, Panchgaon, Manesar.
Founding President & Chancellor Ashok K. Chauhan, Current Chancellor Aseem K. Chauhan and Vice-Chancellor, P.B. Sharma jointly bestowed the honor at Amity University, Gugaon during its annual Convocation for Sharma’s “unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the field of English poetry and extraordinary qualities of creativity … epitomized in one of India’s most distinguished poets.”
“In order to facilitate the blooming of creative impulses hidden within each individual,” the Amity reading citation states, ( Read Full Citation below ) “he has devoted himself towards training people in creative writing…For his extraordinary achievements and his contribution to the field of English literature and creative writing, Amity University confers the title of Honorary Professor upon Shri Yuyutsu Sharma”
Prof: Anil D Sahasrabudhe- Chairman, AICTE, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra- Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) and Prof. Govindarajan Padmanaban -Former Director, IISc, Bangalore were conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degrees by Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group, Dr. Aseem Chauhan and Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools in Science during the Convocation.
Prof. (Dr.) Raj K Tiwari, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Program Director, NYMC, New York, USA; Dr. Yuyutsu- Globally Renowned Poet and Creative Writer; Prof. Bal Ram Singh- President, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, US and Dr . B.L. Dubey, Renowned Clinical Psychologists Adjunct Faculty, University of Alaska, US were conferred Honorary Professorships.
(Nirala News in collaboration with Agencies)
Shri Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma
An unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the field of English poetry and extraordinary qualities of creativity are epitomized in one of India’s most distinguished poets, Shri Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma.
Shri Sharma has been the recipient of several fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature. He has also been a visiting Poet at University of Columbia, New York University, University of California, Davis, Heidelberg University, Germany and Queen’s University, Belfast.
Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places across the world. Shri Sharma has a colossal body of published work, including many poetry compilations and books. He has also translated innumerable works of poetry into English. In order to facilitate the blooming of creative impulses hidden within each individual, he has devoted himself towards training people in creative writing.
An avid admirer of the Himalayas, Shri Sharma has spent a considerable amount of time writing about the bounties of nature. Two books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris) and Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) recently appeared in French and Spanish respectively. He is a person of immense intellectual ability and ingenious creativity. . He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry. The Library of Congress has nominated his book of Nepali translations entitled, Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets as Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia under the Program, A World of Books International Perspectives.
For his extraordinary achievements and his contribution to the field of English literature and creative writing, Amity University confers the title of Honorary Professor upon Shri Yuyutsu Sharma
Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams : Photographs and text by Fran Antmann
ISBN 9-788182-500631 pp.200 2017 Hardcover
A book of photographs and writing that explores the power and mystery of ancient indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala.
“Fran Antmann grew to know a culture, lived in it, merged with it, translated it,and loved it. She photographed the dreams that guide us to wisdom and healing, then wrapped those images in quetzal feathers. Today, she returns her vision of the world to the men and women she met through this encounter between cultures. It is a privilege to have been invited to write the preface to this book which is more than a book—it is a revelation.
—Carolina Escobar Sarti, Guatemalan poet
“Fran Antmann’s work in Maya Healers, years in the making, is imbued with the depth and texture only great photography can achieve; where the images transcend being mere documents but reach great art. Many of the images, especially of the people in their daily lives, are transcendent and absolutely gorgeous, revealing an empathy and visual perception that is timeless.”
— Ed Kashi, international prize-winning photojournalist
“…With clear-eyed reporting and her starkly moving images of Mayan life along the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, and the healers who live and work there, Fran Antmann has shed light on a story known to few outside the Mayan world….”
—Joyce Maynard, novelist and journalist
Maya healers derive their powers from connection to the supernatural. Drawing on dreams, intuition and ancient traditions, they heal the sick surrounded by friends and family. I was privileged to be included in these intense, intimate healings and to listen to the stories and dreams of these healers, shamans and bonesetters. Thirty years ago such ceremonies could have triggered a brutal crackdown. Now they are now part of a proud resurgent Maya identity.
Fran Antmann is a documentary photographer, writer and teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. For thirty years, she has been documenting the lives and cultures of the Maya, Andean, Inuit and Dene indigenous people—in the villages surrounding Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, in the villages and mining towns of the Peruvian highlands, in the tundra of the Canadian Arctic and in Baffin Island, Canada.
Her work has been exhibited and published in New York, Texas, Peru, Mexico, France, England and Denmark. Her photographs are in the collections of the International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the Haverford College Collection, The Museum of Photographic Arts, Denmark, and various private collections.
Antmann received a doctorate in Fine Arts from New York University and teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. She has received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She was also awarded numerous New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowships.
Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing International acclaim. He is currently in New York City as a visiting poet at Columbia University and had several readings in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and California. He has just returned from Argentina where he had gone to participate in XI International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires. Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
Here is a list of some of his upcoming readings in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
(Only Public readings are listed)
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Yuyutsu Sharma Reading with Ruth Danon and David Austell to read at Open Center New York to benefit victims of the Nepal Earthquake at New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016 Phone (212) 219-2527
Pennsylvania and Ohio
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 6;30
Sunday Special with Yuyutsu Sharma and David Austell at Poets’ Hall- 16 W 10th Meeting Room 210, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507 Hosted by Cee Williams
Yuyutsu Sharma to read with David Austell at Barberton Gallery of Fine Art
33 3rd St SE, # 103 Barberton, Akron, Ohio, (330) 328-7619, admission free, donations encouraged. Hosted by Thomas Jenney
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 7.00 to 9.00 pm
Yuyutsu Sharma with Elizabeth Onusko and David Austell at Mac’s Backs– Books on the Coventry, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Phone: (216) 321-2665
You are warmly & joyfully invited to a POETRY READING at the Pink Palace…
Author of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems
A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems
The Nepal Trilogy: Photographs and Poetry
about the Nepal areas of Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 7:00 PM
at the Pink Palace,home of Diane Frank and Erik Ievins
in the Outer Sunset, San Francisco.
Please RSVP to GeishaPoet@aol.com to reserve your seat!
I will mail the address and directions after your RSVP.
Dessert & snack potluck at the break – bring something sweet or savory or a beverage.
(Parking on neighborhood streets – same street or around the corner.)
PLEASE NOTE: We observe the Japanese custom of no shoes in the house.
Shoe racks are provided on the porch.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: This is a fragrance-free event.
Please avoid scented skin & hair products & aftershave
so people with allergies and asthma can attend.
Please tell your friends and bring your friends!
The Fine Print…
Quaking Cantos is the creative response of a world-renowned Himalayan poet to the earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015, killing thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless, vulnerable to the ravages of the harsh Himalayan environment. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, his North and Central American reading tours suspended, Yuyutsu returns to Nepal to bear witness to the devastation the “cosmic commotion” has caused in his own Himalayan home. “These are wonderful, troubling, and moving poems.”