Nagpur’s litterateurs discuss relevance of poetry in today’s socio-political turmoil at ‘Poetry in the Park’


    Tejaswini Thote | Nov 29, 2018 15:35
    Photojournalist: Abhishek Thakare

    Nagpur’s litterateurs spent their Sunday evening exchanging poetry and discussing the relevance of the same in today’s socio-political turmoil during the second edition of – Poetry in the Park – at Shivaji Nagar garden, Nagpur.  The event was organised by Dark Room Poets, led by a city youngster Husain Rasheed.                                                                                    

    Initially, all the participants were divided into four groups Mir ke Mastaney, Premchand ke Pyare, Frost ke Fighters and Rumi ke Rangeeley, after which each individual was given extracts from poets of the literary world and were asked to write a verse or poetry using the same extracts in 25 minutes.  The next session included a panel discussion, where three panelist captured the attention of audience by speaking on the topic ‘Socio-Political turmoil and role of literature in the country.’

    Vikrant Shandilya (Editor-In-Chief, Nation Next), Sameer Kabeer (Urdu Literature Professor, RTMNU) and Supantha Bhattacharyya (English Literature Professor, Hislop College) were the three panelists who gave insights on the topic. Post discussion, Sameer Kabeer launched his latest book ‘Shahid Kabeer – Zindagi aur Ghazal‘ based on his father Shahid Kabeer’s life who happens to be a renowned poet.                                                                                                                           

    Speaking to Nation Next, Husain said, “This was the second edition of the ‘Poetry in the Park’ by Dark Room Poets and this time our aim was to target new faces and include more members in our literary community.”

    The event was concluded by a Mausiqui (music) session, where budding musicians and ghazal singers sang songs Lag Jaa Gale, Kun Faya Kun, Aaonge Jab Tum to name a few.                    

    Check out some pictures of the evening below: