Sahitya Akademi bringing Poets from 19 Countries to India for WAVES – IORA Poetry Festival

Sahitya Akademi, the ­­official custodian of everything Literature in India and the premier government organization responsible for promotion of Indian Literature around the world, has announced that over poets from 19 countries are coming to India to participate in a one of its kind event, WAVES, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Poetry Festival, which is being organised by Sahitya Akademi and the Ministry of External Affair and is scheduled to held on March 01 – 03, 2014 at Triveni Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.

WAVES – IORA Poetry Festival promises to be cracker of an event with the cream of poets recommended by the Indian diplomatic missions based in all the countries of IORA will be demonstrating their poetic skills. 50 Poets from 19 countries along the India Ocean Rim will be showcasing their poetic waves that will serve as a feast to the lovers of literature. The unique Festival will bring together native poets from IORA countries, viz. Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE, Yemen, including the Indian origin poets representing Indian languages.

“The Indian Ocean Rim constitutes not merely a geographical area, but a cultural one too. These countries got connected long ago through sea routes and exchanged ideas, concepts and forms of art. It is extremely important to retrieve that partly lost organic connection, both politically and culturally. And what can connect nations and peoples better than poetry,” Speaking on the significance of this exceptional international platform for poets, Mr. K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, said. “Poetry has always been the most natural and intimate expression of people’s thoughts and feelings, dreams and visions, their memories of the past, their understanding of the present and their hopes about the future.  It has been a ceaseless conversation between individuals, nations and civilizations and has an authenticity that few other forms of expression can claim.  It is with this in mind that Sahitya Akademi, under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs is organising this IORA Festival of Poetry.”

The Festival will also see poets representing 24 Indian languages, who are expected to devote three days to fruitful exchanges of thought and poetry through reading sessions as well as panel discussions with their counterparts from abroad, leading to greater understanding cooperation among the countries and cultures they represent.

“International Poetry Festivals bring together not only the minds and poetic talents, but also showcase the joys, wailings, aspirations, frustrations, ideals, noble thoughts, higher philosophies, sarcasm etc. of the community which each poet represents. As such, Waves will prove to be an event that’s not to be missed as it offers a royal treat to everyone who is even a little bit interested in poetry” concluded Mr. Rao. “What will be on view at IORA Poetry Festival is the amplified amalgamation of all these plus also the portrayal of different phases of humanity in a nutshell, in a poetic form. Thus, IORA Poetry Festival can also be called as the Celebration of Life.”

About Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
IORA is an International Organization with a growing presence in the world of regional co-operation and cultural exchange. IORA enables member countries (at present IORA has 19 member countries) to face the challenges thrown by the rapidly changing world in 21st century. The IORA countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE and Yemen.

About Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in twenty-four Indian languages, including English. Over the 56 years of its dynamic existence, it has ceaselessly endeavored to promote good taste and healthy reading habits, to keep alive the intimate dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups through seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances, to increase the pace of mutual translations through workshops and individual assignments and to develop a serious literary culture through the publications of journals, monographs, individual creative works of every genre, anthologies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, who’s who of writers and histories of literature. It has so for brought out over 6000 books, the present pace of publication being one book every thirty hours. Every year the Akademi holds at least thirty seminars at regional, national and international levels along with the workshops and literary gatherings-about 250 in number per year, under various heads like Meet the Author, Samvad, Kavisandhi, Kathasandhi, Loka: The Many Voices, Men and Books, Through My Window, Mulakat, Asmita, Antaral, Yuva Sahiti, Bal Sahiti, Nari Chetna, Purvottari, Avishkar and Literary Forum meetings. More details are available on the official website of Sahitya Akademi at http://sahitya-akademi.gov.in/