New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): The rising sun, cool breeze on a summer morning, birds chirping and poetry - what better way to start a Poetry at the Monument movement.
The morning of June 10th saw a gathering of eminent and new poets read their poems in front of the Bada Gumbad in the Lodhi Garden under the umbrella of the Poetry at the Monument movement conceived by poets Alka Tyagi and Abhay K to take poetry to the seven cities of Delhi.
Sukrita Paul Kumar, Vijay Shankar, Tarannum Riyaz, Lakshmishankar Bajpai, Mamta Kiran, Abhay K, Anamika and Alka Tyagi started the movement with poetry reading at Humanyun's Tomb last month on 13 May.
bhay K. says, The Poetry at the Monument Movement will progress with poetry readings at Shermandal (Purana Kila), Mehrauli,Tuglaqabad, Siri, Ferozeshah Kotla and will end at Ghalib's Haveli at Ballimaran in the old city of Shahjahanbad in December this year on Poet Ghalib's birthday.
Among the poets who took part were eminent Hindi poet and art critic Prayag Shukla, Professor of English Literature at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Makarand Paranjape, noted Urdu poet and novelist Tarannum Riyaz, Hindi poet Vijay Shankar, noted poet Sukrita Paul Kumar, poet Alka Tyagi, artist and diplomat Abhay K., poet and founder of Poetry across Cultures Rita Malhotra, poet and assistant editor of Indian Literature Ankur Betagiri and Hindi poets Kumar Anupam and Ajanta Dev.
It's a beautiful way to start your day, said Tarannum Riyaz after reading a beautiful couplet in Urdu. She also added, Poetry has a strong relationship with Indian culture and such efforts help revive the glory of poetry in all languages in India.
Poets from different backgrounds exchanged poetry in Hindi, Urdu and English. While some talked about the great kingdoms, others talked bout childhood and relationships. Subtle issues were raised through beautiful words, which were thought provoking. In all a morning well spent! (ANI)