Poet

  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86 May 28, 2014

    Winston-Salem: Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why...
  • Watch: Poetess casts her vote in true Varanasi style May 12, 2014

    With the polling underway in Varanasi, a poetess sings her way to the polling booth and cast her vote. ...
  • Urdu poet Manzar Bhopali's mother passes away March 27, 2014

    Tahira Nikhat, mother of noted Urdu poet Manzar Bhopali, passed away at a local hospital after a long illness, sources said. She was 80. Nikhat, who died last evening, is survived by a daughter and two sons - Manzar Bhopali and retired television producer Sajid Rizvi. She was the principal of a school...
  • Mumbai: Firebrand activist, writer Namdeo Dhasal dies at 64 January 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Renowned Marathi poet and firebrand activist Namdeo Dhasal passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was 64. Dhasal, who was battling with colorectal cancer, died at the Bombay Hospital. His last rites would be performed on Thursday. Dhasal was one of the founders of the militant Dalit Panther...
  • No memorial for Ghalib at his birthplace, Agra December 27, 2013

    Friday marked the 216th birth anniversary of Mirza Asad Ullah Khan "Ghalib". In Agra, the city of the Urdu poet and cultural icon's birth, there is no proper memorial to him. There is not even a lane in the city named after him. At the place of his birth, the Kala...
  • The evolving role of writers in Tamil cinema May 6, 2013

    In My Years with Boss at Gemini Studios, Ashokamitran recounts a poet's visit. "He was a tall man, very English, very serious and of course very unknown to all of us. Battling with half a dozen pedestal fans on the shooting stage, The Boss [film producer and publisher SS Vasan]...
  • Watch: Animation film on Neruda's poem 'The Me Bird' March 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, who was also known as Pablo Neruda, has been immortalised by a Brazilian design and graphics studio 18bis through a short animation film. The short film based on the famous poem 'The Me Bird' is a new interpretation...
  • 'In the Company of a Poet' is a delightful read February 4, 2013

    Father There is so much to say that is left unsaid if you were here I would speak you were so despondent on my account Fearing my poetry would drown me some day I am still afloat, father No longer have I the desire to return to shore the shore you left so many years ago...
  • Pradeep's 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon' turns 50 January 25, 2013

    Mumbai: It is a song that is sung on every patriotic occasion, had moved India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, to tears and its strong morale-boosting words provided solace to a nation agonized by the defeat in the 1962 India-China war. 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon' (O people of my land),...
  • The Silent Poet: A film on Irom Sharmila December 7, 2012

    Guwahati: A film on Iron Lady Irom Sharmila, famed for her decade-long hunger strike to protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur, would be the highlight at the ninth edition of the two-day ADDA short film festival beginning here tomorrow. Filmmaker Barun Thokchom has captured a different angle of...
  • Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay passes away October 23, 2012

    New Delhi: One of India's most eminent writers and a stalwart of Bengali literature, Sunil Gangopadhyay, died of a heart attack in the early hours of Tuesday at his residence in Kolkata. He was 78. Gangopadhyay, who was the President of the Sahitya Akademi, had a fall on the night...
  • Poetry is the new tool of soft diplomacy in India October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Cultural and linguistic boundaries blurred as Rabindranath Tagore's poetry was set to a dance and Hungarian poetry composed by national icons like Endre Ady was recited in Hindi and in Hungarian. All this when 15 poets and writers from the two countries assembed here under the "Poetry Across...
  • Thiruvananthapuram: Ulloor Museum plan in limbo July 31, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: So, Sarada Niketan will remain as it is. And maybe, in a few decades, crumble down to the earth. The home to one of the greatest poets in Malayalam, Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer, the ‘E’-shaped house was promised a resurrection by the LDF government by turning two rooms with...
  • Excerpt: Booker long-listed Narcopolis' prologue October 17, 2013

    Indian author-poet Jeet Thayil is among the 12 authors who are long-listed for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction worth 50,000 pounds and an assured spurt in the sales of the prize-winning book. His debut novel Narcopolis is a tale of vice and passion set against a backdrop of...
  • Jeet Thayil on 2012 Man Booker long-list July 27, 2012

    London: Noted Indian poet and writer Jeet Thayil is among 12 authors long-listed for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction worth 50,000 pounds and an assured spurt in the sales of the prize-winning book. Kerala-born Thayil, 53, is the only Indian writer in this year's long-list that includes known writers...
  • Javed Akhtar unveils his new book 'Lava' July 12, 2012

    Javed Akhtar unveiled a brand new book of poetry titled 'Lava', which is available in Urdu and Hindi. ...
  • Noted assamese poet Hiren Bhattacharyya passes away July 4, 2012

    Guwahati: Noted Assamese poet and Sahitya Akademi award winner Hiren Bhattacharyya passed away this morning at a private hospital in the city after prolonged illness. Bhattacharyya(80), popularly known as 'Hiru Da', passed away at Dispur Hospital at around 11.30 am, hospital sources said. He was admitted to the hospital for the past...
  • Pioneering feminist poet Adrienne Rich dead at 82 March 29, 2012

    Los Angeles: Poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, a feminist literary figure celebrated as much for deeply personal reflections on her own life as for sometimes-biting social commentary, has died at age 82, family members said on Wednesday. Rich, who received a galaxy of honors, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and...
  • Good as politicians, bad as poets March 5, 2012

    New Delhi: "Music rippling, blazing - Not knowing where you are; In the fire of your own tune, resound, resound; I love songs; There is tempest in tunes; Resound, resound in the fire of music; And compose a tune....; Sway your Vina in the dreams; Let beauty rise in your...
  • 'Digital format not threatening Urdu books' February 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Noted Urdu poet Waseem Barelvi has warned that information without knowledge was useless and that while the digitisation of Urdu literature was a positive step, it must not be seen as a replacement for the printed word. "Information is useless without knowledge and books give knowledge while digital media...
  • Urdu poet Faiz's last film lost in Pakistan February 21, 2012

    Kolkata: Containing a piece of priceless history, the whereabouts of the last film made by legendary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz remains a mystery after it was misplaced due to a political upheaval in Pakistan decades ago. Faiz's daughter Salima Hashmi told PTI that they are still looking for the...
  • Congress, TMC in building renaming battle January 2, 2012

    Kolkata: Ties between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress hit another rough patch on Sunday after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to rename the historic Indira Bhawan after a revolutionary Bengali poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam. Another key regional player, the CPI(M), did not remain far behind and jumped...
  • Shefaie first Kashmiri woman to get Akademi awards December 23, 2011

    Srinagar: Noted Kashmiri poetess Naseem Shafaie has been chosen for this year's Sahitya Akademi awards for her poetic collection, becoming the first Kashmiri woman to get the prestigious literary award. Her poetic collection titled 'Na Thsay Na Aks' (Neither shadow nor reflection) has been listed for this year's Sahitya Akademi Award...
  • Kerala set for second edition of the Hay Festival November 16, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: The second edition of the Hay Festival, a three-day cultural fete featuring poets, storytellers, novelists, journalists and filmmakers, begins on Thursday. The highlight of this year's edition will be presentations of various poetic works from across the globe and a Poetry Gala with K Satchidanandan, Simon Armitage, Twm Morys, Anupama...
  • Diplomat delights with poetry of promise November 7, 2011

    'Candling the Light', an anthology of verses by young poet, diplomat and artist Abhay K., shows the pressures of diplomacy - which does not give the bureaucrat enough time to explore the details of a narrative, but filter its essence through the verse. The volume paints a picture of the poet's...
  • 10 best status messages Pablo Neruda never wrote July 12, 2011

    New Delhi: On the 107th birth anniversary of Nobel literature laureate Pablo Neruda, a leftist poet who died after the 1973 coup that ousted a socialist government, we pay tribute to some of his best works. Neruda, among Latin America's most renowned literary figures and an active Communist Party member, died...
  • Scott-Heron, credited with inspiring rap, dies May 28, 2011

    Washington: Gil Scott-Heron, a US poet and songwriter credited with helping inspire the development of rap music, has died at age 62, according to media reports on Saturday. Scott-Heron died on Friday at a New York hospital, National Public Radio said, citing his book publisher. He fell ill after returning from...
  • Shantiniketan celebrates Tagore's 150th anniversary May 8, 2011

    CNN-IBN's Amrita Panja takes us to the poet's town of Shantiniketan which is celebrating Tagore's 150th birth anniversary. ...
  • Bihar Dy CM's kin occupies poet Dinkar's house February 5, 2011

    New Delhi/Patna: National poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s family has accused Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s cousin of illegally occupying the poet’s house. Dinkar's ancestral home in Patna has been allegedly occupied by the cousin of Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. The poet’s family members complained their appeals have...