Kavita Trust which works for the promotion of Konkani poetry is organising James and Shobha Mendonca – VII Endowment Lecture on Poetry at 4:30 pm on September 15 in St Agnes Conference Hall, Mangaluru.
Renowned Gujarati/English poet and fiction writer, Prabodh Parikh will deliver a lecture on the subject, ‘Poetry as a way of life’.
The James and Shobha Mendonca Endowment Lecture on Poetry is an annual programme and this year is its seventh edition. It is an occasion to interact with distinguished poets. Since 2012, renowned poets like Gulzar, Ashok Vajpeyi, Jerry Pinto, Arundhati Subramaniam, Keki Daruwala and Prof Sitanshu Yashaschandra have delivered lectures.
Kavita Trust, founded in 2002, is a registered trust working to popularise poetry, with a particular focus on Konkani poetry.
The trust takes up a number of projects to promote poetry. Spreading its wings in Konkani region, it has brought different dialects of Konkani under one fold by being the platform for poetic expression. It has taken the richness of poetry to the doorstep of the layman by way of poetry sessions, seminars, talks, symposiums, festivals and competitions.
In the last 16 years, Kavita Trust has held around 153 programmes related to poetry. These workshops have helped many poets and poetry lovers to study and understand the nuances of poetry.
Prabodh Parikh is a poet and a fiction writer who mostly ends up writing letters to friends in Gujarati and English.
He studied philosophy in the US in the 1970s and retired as a teacher of Philosophy in 2005.
At present, he is faculty in-charge of International Art, Literature and Culture, Whistling Woods International, a film school in Mumbai. He is also the Director of Katha Centre for Film Studies, which is involved in a project related to Film Curatorial Practice.