Poetry

  • Watch: Varanasi voter recites a couplet of what the temple town wants 12-05-2014 09:52 AM

    Varanasi has a history of having poetic talent. It is said that every third voter in the temple town is a poet. Here one such voter recites the Ramvani of the politics of Varanasi and what the voters of the temple town want. ...
  • Narendra Modi says his poems are 'like a spring of fresh water', collection of his poetry in English to be out on April 20 08-04-2014 05:02 PM

    New Delhi: It seems Bharatiya Janata Party's PM nominee Narendra Modi is pulling out all stops to convey his message to voters across India. The latest is a collection of his poems out on April 20 in the national capital. Modi's poems in Gujarati have been translated into English and...
  • Ex school teacher stabs friend to death after a drunken argument 31-01-2014 10:16 AM

    The lesson from a stabbing death in Russia: Alcohol and literature can be a lethal mix. A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday. "The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict,...
  • Read Vikram Seth's poem 'Through love's great power' - a protest against the SC ruling on gay sex 29-01-2014 01:40 PM

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by the Centre against its December 11, 2013, verdict criminalizing gay sex. The court rejected the petition as it found no merit in it. Celebrated author Vikram Seth, who has been a champion of the LGBT community for some time...
  • Flawed Theorem: Courage in the hearts of post colonial poetic odysseys 30-05-2013 12:54 PM

    'One wants to break free of the past: rightly, because nothing at all can live in its shadow, and because there will be no end to the terror as long as guilt and violence are repaid with guilt and violence; wrongly, because the past that one would like to evade...
  • Watch: Javed Akhtar launches book by budding poet Sanil Sachar 13-04-2013 06:40 PM

    Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar launched a book by young budding poet Sanil Sachar, the grandson of Justice Sachar, in the capital on Friday. ...
  • Khud-Garifta: Poems of Self-Confinement

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    Zehra Nigah, the pre-eminent poet today, once made a very interesting observation in the course of a conversation during one of her frequent Delhi visits....

  • Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi: When poetry meets piety

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    By the late 11th century veneration of the Prophet had begun to assume a visible form in different parts of the by-now burgeoning Islamic world....

  • There was a time when poetry romanced cricket 31-10-2012 10:46 AM

    New Delhi: In 1950, Lords witnessed one of the craziest scenes ever in post-war cricket. Suddenly, it wasnt a cricket ground anymore; it was a mela. The occasion was the historic Windies victory over England. The year, along with those euphoric moments, has disappeared but the wanton ecstasy of those...
  • Poetry is the new tool of soft diplomacy in India 08-10-2012 10:39 AM

    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...
  • Hazaaron jawabon se acchi hai meri khamoshi: PM 27-08-2012 01:27 PM

    New Delhi: Whether it was helplessness in the face of an angry Opposition demanding answers over coal block allocations or the din that drowned his statement and led to adjournment of both Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought to hit back at detractors with poetry. The logjam in...
  • Javed Akhtar unveils his new book 'Lava' 12-07-2012 05:01 PM

    Javed Akhtar unveiled a brand new book of poetry titled 'Lava', which is available in Urdu and Hindi. ...
  • Children want to burst into poetry: Ruskin Bond 19-06-2012 08:08 PM

    New Delhi: Today's youngsters are writing a lot of poetry to put their emotions into words unlike in the past when they liked to read and think, says iconic Indian storyteller of British origin Ruskin Bond. "Children all want to burst into verse you might say. But they would write...
  • With Mehdi Hassan, there were no false notes

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    Ahmad Faraz, the Urdu poet, told me an interesting anecdote. Once, he was very late in catching his flight back home from Delhi. The airport...

  • Poetry on stone: Timeless genre in revival across India 12-06-2012 04:56 PM

    New Delhi: It is 6.30 in the morning as a group of 12 poets assemble at the Purana Gumbad in Lodi Gardens under the banner "Poetry on Monuments", a monthly poetry promotion initiative at heritage sites in the capital. The group sat in a circle as the readings began in...
  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poems translated into German 28-05-2012 02:16 PM

    Islamabad: Works of noted subcontinental Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, globally recognised as one who believed in social reform and devoted his poetry to the uplift of humanity, has now been translated into German. A bilingual Urdu-German book of Faiz's poems has been launched by the Goethe Institut in Karachi,...
  • Javed Akhtar: talking cinema, songs and the state of Urdu

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    The Hindi film industry and its sorority of regional-language sister industries in the sub-continent has elevated the song-and-dance sequence to a rare art form. Inspired...

  • Taking poetry to India's young readers 03-04-2012 03:04 PM

    New Delhi: Prose has for long edged poetry to the margins of contemporary Indian literature. It is only natural that the new reader is not familiar with the late Kamala Das or her bold feminist oeuvre of poetry and short story that gave her cult status in India like Sylvia...
  • Pioneering feminist poet Adrienne Rich dead at 82 29-03-2012 11:05 AM

    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...
  • Music, calligraphy, poetry in Vikram Seth's new work 19-03-2012 11:37 AM

    New Delhi: Music, calligraphy, conversations and poetry merge in Vikram Seth's new anthology of poetry, 'The Rivered Earth', an eclectic journey into the heart of rhythmic lyricism that the writer of 'The Golden Gate' - a novel in verse - is known for. The slim anthology, inspired by Seth's tryst...
  • No good scripts to make films: Subhash Ghai 12-03-2012 11:54 AM

    Mumbai: Lamenting the degradation of poetry and story in Bollywood films, eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai has said it is one of the primary reasons he has stopped making movies. "It is true that Mukta Arts does not make movies of late because there are no good scripts. But, it is...
  • Good as politicians, bad as poets 05-03-2012 07:48 PM

    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' 28-02-2012 01:37 PM

    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...