Giving poetic wings to the language

WORD MAGIC

What could be a better way to celebrate the Republic Day than being part of a Hindi kavi sammelan being organised as a tribute to the national language.

BEING POETIC : Kirti Kala

The event being organised by All India Radio (AIR) will see the participation of a number of well-known poets such as Dr Jitendra Srivastav, Uday Pratap Singh, Dr Kunwar Bechain, Kumar Shiv, Bal Swaroop Rahi, Dr Anamika, Dr Kirti Kale, Dr Ramdarash Mishr and Dr Vinay Vishwas.

L S Bajpai, station director, AIR says, “We have been organising such kavi sammelans since its inception. It has been an integral part of our gamut of cultural events which we keep holding round the year.

The uniqueness of the programme lies in the fact that it is only in India that the oral tradition of poetry is still alive and is available in this popular format.”

The man who has seen an unexpected response towards Hindi kavi sammelans, says, “I have attended Hindi kavi sammelans in other countries also where Indians live. I was surprised to see a very good turnover of the audience.

The event was also attended by those who did not understand Hindi completely. This made us organise the sammelan on the occasion of Republic Day this year. The event also aims to commemorate all Hindi poets whose names have disappeared with the growing popularity of English.”

Poet Kirti complains about the sorry state of Hindi language in the country. She says, “Today’s generation writes Hindi in English style leaving no scope for the language to survive in its original form.” She however, appreciates the initiative, “Poets have played a significant part in the freedom struggle of the nation.

What a speech could not do, a poem did in those times. It still wins over all leaving a mark on the souls of the listeners. It is extremely appreciable that AIR has organised such an event in the backdrop of the Republic Day.” The role of poetry in awakening the interest towards Hindi language will be exhibited through this event that will be held today at Amaltas Auditorium, India Habitat Centre from 7 pm onwards.

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