Second Edition of Dr. Hemant K Jha's Hindu-Buddhist Festivals of Nepal Released

Hindu-Buddhist Festival of Nepal  Paperback – 2020 by JHemant K. Jha ISBN: 978-8182500662 Paperback pp 204  https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500664?ref=myi_title_dp

Hindu-Buddhist Festival of Nepal documents a vibrant spectrum of the lucent moments of festivity and fraternity in the lives of Nepalese people. The author Hemanta K. Jha is a well known Nepalese culture critic. Not a day passes in Nepal without observing some festival. Considering festivals as great unifying factor in a culturally diverse Nepal, Jha explores the origin and evolution of the festivals and points out a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism in the celebrations. Employing mythological tales, Nepalese folklore, historical chronicles, mythological tales, popular legends and personal experiences from the day to day involvement in the Nepalese society, Jha narrates the awe-inspiring accounts of the festivals of Nepal where gods and demons interact with humans in their daily drudge to make them aware of the celestial and ‘just’ sources of existence. The book includes not just major Nepalese festivals celebrated in the Kathmandu valley like Ghode Jatra, Machchendranath Jatra, Ghantakarna, Gai Jatra and national festivals like Nepalese New Year, Mata Tritha Day Buddha Jayanti, Nag Panchami, Janai Purnima, Teej, Vijaya Dashmi and Tihar, it also focuses on the festival like Chhatha and Shree Panchami celebrated with special reverence in the Nepal Terai. Hemanta K. Jha’s Festivals of Nepal comes at a time when the traditional ritualized mode of Nepalese life is under the lethal threat of senseless modernization and globalization.

“Dr. Hemant Jha’s book has refreshed my memories. In his simple and lucid language, Dr. Jha has briefly described nineteen main festivals of Nepal… a very valuable book on Nepalese festivals.”

 –Dr Shaphalya Amatya, Author of Art and Culture of Nepal and Rana Rule in Nepal

Tuluminous: Poems Paperback by American poet, Rajni Shankar-Brown released

In this visionary and nourishing collection of poetry, grounded in Sanskrit roots and cross cultural experiences, Rajni Shankar-Brown creates juxtaposed portraits and transformative bridges. She examines the complexities of harrowing justice issues while also narrating the beauty of our shared humanity. Written with imagination and soulfulness, Shankar-Brown’s transcendent poems burst and bloom with the freshness and flavor of cardamom pods. TULUMINOUS voices layers of intersectional heartache and simultaneously replenishes our spirits. Shankar-Brown invites us to reflect on our own internal compasses, as well as the societal compasses in which they are situated. TULUMINOUS calls us to action, urging us to collectively build a more equitable and loving world.

Rajni Shankar-Brown during a portrait shoot for E-Learn Magazine at Stetson University on May 30, 2018 in DeLand, Florida. Photo/Scott A. Miller

“TULUMINOUS is a marvelous and meaningful testimony of the power of language to heal and transform.”–Richard Blanco

“A festival for the senses, the poetry of TULUMINOUS sparkles and undulates, roars and radiates, soothes but illustrates that we must never be soothed into stagnation. Rajni Shankar-Brown: poet laureate of the just society.”–Irshad Manji

“Rajni Shankar-Brown has given us not only a wonderful new word–tuluminous–but an equally inventive collection of poems. The verses glisten with the freshness and clarity of someone accustomed to swimming in two rivers, East and West. Awash with earned epiphanies, these poems are best sipped, not gulped. Better yet, sit back and them let wash over you like a cooling Monsoon rain.”–Eric Weiner

A Poetry Workshop with Yuyutsu Sharma

A Poetry Workshop with Yuyutsu Sharma

 Saturday, 25 May, 2019 4pm-5pm

at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 141 Front Street in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn, NY Transportation :  Take the F to York Street or the A/C to High Street Phone :  347-687-2375  Email : berlspoetry@gmail.com    https://berlspoetry.squarespace.com/

Yuyutsu Sharma is a Himalayan poet, currently a visiting poet at Columbia University 

After decades of traveling around the globe as an itinerant poet, Yuyutsu Sharma has earned the respect and admiration of thousands of people all over the world. He continues to have access to prestigious platforms and venues in Asia, Western Europe, and North, Central, and South America where his works are promoted and enthusiastically purchased. 

Sanskrit word for The Himalayas is ‘Devataatma’, the place where soul of the God lives. Yuyutsu would discuss the oral and folk traditions of the Himalayas and read his poems on his travels in three regions of the Himalayas –Everest, Annapurnas and Helambu. He will also do a PowerPoint presentation of my book, Nepal Trilogy with amazing panoramic b/w photos from German photographer, Andreas Stimm and discuss his evolution as a poet. 

During the workshop he will use his new book, The Second Buddha Walk: Inspired by The Second Buddha : Master of Time Exhibit at Rubin Museum, New York (Nirala) to discuss the concept of Space and Time and role of poet in the contemporary world, He will also read from Annapurna Poems and Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu and more recent Quaking Cantos : Nepal Earthquake Poems  to sketch the art of writing poetry and vocation of a being a poet today. Yuyu was a shaman in his childhood. He spent lots of time with the Himalayan sages as his father was a devout follower of naga sadhus who do not stay in a place more than a couple of days. Yuyu believes his current wandering poet’s avatar is result of his association with Naga ascetics. He will explore how the homegrown spiritual traditions shaped his writing centered on Europe and Americas.

Yuyutsu Sharma Reading Tour, May 2019

 

Wednesday, May 1,2019 at 6 pmColumbia University Reading by Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma, Poet and Journalist from Nepal at DODGE ROOM, EARL HALL, Columbia University, Main-Campus at Morningside. Hosted by David Austell, OISS, 524 Riverside Drive, International House North New York, NY 10027 Phone: (212) 854-6263

Thursday, May2, 6:30 pm -9:30 Nirala Book Party and Poetry reading and Launch of Winter Issue of Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing: Yuyutsu Sharma reading with David Austell, Ruth Danon, Mike Graves, Ravi Shankar, Mike Jurkovic, Fran Antmann, Carolyn Wells, Robert Scotto, Anna Halberstadt, Jack Tar & Others at La Mistral  330 5th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215  RSVP: 9292577846

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7 pm – 8 pm: Yuyutsu Sharma Boston Reading with Michael C. Keith and Gloria Mindock in the Cervena Barva Press Reading Series: A Night of Fiction & Poetry at Arts at the Armory/Basement B8, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, And Admission: $5.00, Refreshments served

Recipient of 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, Yuyutsu Sharma is a world renowned Himalayan poet and translator published by Nirala Press.

He has published ten poetry collections including, The Second Buddha Walk, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam and Annapurna Poems. Three books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris), Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) and Jezero Fewa & Konj (Sodobnost International) have appeared in French,  Spanish and Slovenian respectively.  In addition, Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma has just appeared.

Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.  Currently, Yuyutsu Sharma is a visiting poet at Columbia University and edits, Pratik: A Quarterly Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Pratik’s Winter 2018-19 Issue Released

The current issue has special focus on Contemporary Russian and French Poetry. It features new work by fourteen Russian Poets including Dmitry Grigoriev, Alla Gorbunova, Olga Anikina Andrei Polonsky, Danila Davydov, John William Narins, Anastasia Romanova, Dmitry Legeza, Igor Karaulov. Valerii Zemskikh, Dina Gatina, Maya-Marina Sheremeteva, Irina Evsa and Serge Tashevsky. An essay “Russian Poetry Today: A Contemporary Sampler” by A. DMITRIJANOV has been included as a prelude to the Russian Section.
The Winter Issue also presents Eleven French poets including Michel Bulteau , Gabriel Arnou Laujeac, Maram Al-Masri, Hélène Cardona, Véronique Joyaux, Marie-Claude Deudon, Jean-Claude Tardif, Pierre Rosin, Nicole Barrière, Claire Paulian, Cirène Gayraud and Jacques Jouet. It also has special France related poems by Four American poets namely, Willis Barnstone, David Austell, Robin Metz, and Rebecca Morrison

Plus it has new work of non-fiction American Authors, Susan Shapiro and Elizabeth Enslin and a short story by leading Hindi writer, Pankaj Bisht
The artist of the Issue is Lithuanian sculptor and painter, Ruta Jusionytė.

In addition, new work by Tim Kahl, Amrendra Khatua, Usha Akella, Shailendra Sakar. Chuck Joy and Raghubir Sharma has been showcased. Besides, Haig Chahinian’s review of Susan Shapiro’s The Byline Bible, George Wallace’s review of All Vows: New & Selected Poems By David B Axelrod, Edmound Miller’s review of Diane Frank’s Letters from Sacred Mountain Place and Jeff’s Deck review Dan Szczesny’s The White Mountain are the highlights of the Issue. Stephanie Laterza Review Essay focused on Voices Carry (Shearsman Books, 2017) by Mervyn Taylor, Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press, 2017) by Susana H. Case, and Out From Calaboose (Nirala, New Delhi, 2017) by Karen Corinne Herceg has also been included in the Winter Issue of Pratik.

Winter Issue of Pratik available in North America on
Amazon.com, Special focus Contemporary Russian and French Poetry…
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QBBYSM7?ref=myi_title_dp

Winter Issue now on Amazon India!
https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07QBBYSM7?ref=myi_title_dp

New Release: Making of The Indian Muse Context and Perspectives in Indian Poetry in English

 

 

 

 

 Making of The Indian Muse Context and Perspectives in Indian Poetry in English Edited by Goutam Karmakar 2019  pp 427

Though at the very outset Indian English Poetry imitated the patterns of the British poetry, over the decades the genre has evolved along with Indian ethos and bears a distinctive feature and sensibilities. Since without understanding the nuances of this genre one can’t explore its diversity, the present volume attempts to explore its various dimensions, studying it from numerous perspectives. The book begins with an overview of Indian English Poetry, and moves on to explore the various themes of Pre and Post-Independence period of this genre the writers discussed in the book include Toru Dutt, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Sarojini Naidu, Shiv K.  Kumar, Nissim Ezekiel, Bibhu Padhi, Jayanta Mahapatra, A.K. Ramanujan, P. Lal, Arun Kolatkar, Kamala Das, Meena Alexande, R. Parthasarathy, Keki N. Daruwalla,Dilip Chitre, Dom Moraes, Adil Jussawalla, Agha Shahid Ali, Vikram Seth, R.Raj Rao,  Sujata Bhatt, Yuyutsu Sharma, Robin S Ngangom and Ranjit Hoskote.

A must read for all interested in the making of the Indian Muse.

A ground breaking volume that offers new and surprising insights into canonical writers as well as introducing less known (albeit equally interesting) authors…This book is highly recommended to any scholar of Indian literature.

-Elisabetta Marino, Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy.

Goutam Karmakar has curated a much-needed critical collection that traces the history of modern Indian poetry in English…The span and erudition of this collection is impressive for it shows both the concordances and discordances in the rich literary history of Indian writing in English, tracing a lineage of poetic creation that has canonicity and craft on the level of any Western nation. This is a welcome addition to our scholarship, deepening the depth of our learning and freeing the streams of our wisdom into flow.

–Ravi Shankar, Poet, Editor, Drunken Boat

Young Indian Poet and Critic, Goutam Karmakar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College, Sidhu-Kanhu-Birsha University, West Bengal, India.
A PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Durgapur (NITD), India, Goutam is an Associate of Setu: A Bilingual & Peer-Reviewed Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture published from Pittsburgh, USA and interview editor of Verbal Art: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets & poetry and Phenomenal Literature: A Global Journal Devoted to Language & Literature.
Widely published scholar, he specializes in Indian Literature in English, Marxism and Post Marxism, Postmodern and Postcolonial literature, Gender Studies, Ecocritical Studies, Dalit literature, Mythology, Folklore and Culture Studies.

Contributors
Abina Habib is an Assistant Professor, the Department of English, Amar Singh College, Srinagar, India. She has received her doctorate from University of Kashmir. Her current research interests include the history and appropriation of English language, literacy studies and the impact of globalization on native literature.
Aparna Ajith is a Ph.D. Research Scholar in English at the Central University of Rajasthan, India. Her area of specialization is Comparative Literature and her interest lies in Gender, Diaspora, Film and Culture studies.
Bonosree Majhi is an Assistant Professor of English at Memari College, Burdwan East. She is also a PhD research scholar of English literature at Burdwan University, WB, India.
Chaitali Giri is working as a Guest Lecturer in English at M.U.C. Women’s College, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.
Debaditya Mukhopadhyay is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Manikchak College, WB, India.
Durba Mukherjee is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.
Durga Patva is a PhD research Scholar of English literature at University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India.
Ebrahim SK is a research scholar, working in the Department of English, A.M.U., Aligarh. He has qualified for Junior Research Fellowship in Year 2015. His interested areas of study and research are Indian writings in English and Postmodern poetry.
Hemant Kumar Jha, Professor of English literature at Amity School of Liberal Arts, Amity University Gurgaon, India is a widely published author and has brough out several books, including, Hindu-Buddhist Festivals of Nepal, (Nirala, Reprint, 2019) and The World of Nirad C Chaudhary, Nirala ( Forthcoming)
Hemanga Dutta is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India. He did his Masters and PhD in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and completed his Post Doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US in 2015 under the auspices of Nehru Fulbright fellowship. His research interests are Phonological theories, Phonetics phonology interface and Sociolinguistics.
Huzaifa Pandit is a PhD Scholar at the Department of English, University of Kashmir, India.
Indrani Chakraborty is an Assistant professor and Head of the Department in Prabhu Jagatbandhu College. She did her MPhil on Selected Texts of Amitav Ghosh analyzing his style of representing the Subaltern. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the University of Calcutta. Her special area of interest is Fin De Siècle Speculative Fiction.
Jimmy Sharma is an Assistant Professor (English), University College, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India
Manisha Bhattacharya is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of English, Presidency University, Kolkata, India.
Monika Manidarshan is an Assistant Professor of English, Shree L.R. / Tiwari College of Engineering, Kankia Park, Mira Road (East), Thane -401 107 (MS).
Nahid Kaiser is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Pankti Desai is an Assistant Professor of English at Dr. S & S.S. Ghandhy Government Engineering College, Surat, Gujarat, India.
Parneet Jaggi teaches English at Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Government College, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India. A gold medalist in Indian classical music as well as English literature, she has published several books, including, Euphonies of Heart and Soul (Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2013), Live Love Light (Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 2014) and Show Me How Not to Grow (Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2017). Her work has appeared in several journals including The Enchanting Verses International Journal, the Taj Mahal Review, Contemporary Literary Review India, and The Criterion.
Prasun Maji is pursuing his PhD on American Women Writers of Pakistani origin at Bankura University. He teaches as a Guest Faculty at M.U.C.Women’s College, Burdwan, India. His areas of interest include Translation Studies, South Asian Diaspora, Shakespearean Studies, Indian English Fiction and post 1950s British literature.
Rima Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in English, Swami Niswambalananda Girls’ College, Bhadrakali, Uttarpara, Hooghly WB, India and a PhD Research Scholar at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan.
Rimpa Roy teaches at the Department of English, Subhas Chandra Bose Centenary College, University of Kalyani, Murshidabad, WB, India.
S. Barathi teaches English literature at Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre, Sastra University, Kumbakonam, India.
Santanu Ganguly is working as an Associate Professor of English at Netaji Nagar Day College, Kolkata. He has received an M Phil and a PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata on the works of Sarojini Naidu. He was UGC Junior and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English, Jadavpur University from 1999 to 2003. His areas of interest are Old English literature, Medieval English literature, Drama and Indian Writing in English. He has guest-edited an issue of the Journal of the Department of English, University of Calcutta and has also completed a UGC-Sponsored Minor Research Project on Old English Literature.
Seema Sarkar is an Associate Professor at theDepartment of English, Navyug Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow, India.
Subhas Chandra Dasgupta is a former Associate Professor at the Department of English, Raiganj University.
Sudhir K. Arora teaches English at Maharaja Harishchandra PG College, Moradabad. He has published Cultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English.
Sutanuka Ghosh Roy is an Assistant Professor in English at Tarakeswar Degree College Tarakeswar, Hooghly, WB, India.
T. Vaudeva Reddy is a renowned poet, critic, and novelist of international repute. His poems have appeared in various journals in different countries. He is the subject of doctoral dissertations and research papers.
Tanima Shome is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of English, DSB Campus Kumaun University, Nainital, India.
Timothy Jairaj is pursuing his Post Graduate degree in English language and literature at The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He learned how to read poetry during his graduation at St. Joseph’s college in Bangalore, and it has become his most cherished research interest apart from Gender studies and Critical Discourse analysis.