THE INAUGURAL day of the two-day story and poetry reading session ‘Abhivyakti’ (organised by the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, in Hindi and Urdu) started with huge fanfare as a lot of literature lovers gathered at Bharat Bhavan Auditorium on Friday to lend an ear to some of the legendary Hindi poets and writers of the contemporary times reading out their stories and poems.
The Hindi recital session was divided into two parts which separately saw authors reciting their stories in the first round and poetry in the second round. The Hindi story recital witnessed three renowned authors Sanjeev, Swayam Prakash and Urmila Shirish narrating their respective stories amidst repeated applause that seemed to be recurrent every time the narrators struck a chord with some finer human emotions in their presentations.
When Urmila Shirish began with her story called ‘Dahleez Par’ the audience could not have rejoiced more for she interspersed her narration with touching dialogues that reflected the sentiments of a young boy (Babu) who is caught in a dilemma as to whether he should live in his maternal uncle’s house or move to his mother’s house who gets remarried after a languishing tenure of loneliness due to her husband’s death at young age of 16. Shirish managed to etch a beautiful picture of an innocent mind that goes through guilt pangs when he cannot come to terms with his mother’s wedding bliss; and wants to stay back at his uncle’s house with his cousins Paro, Raju Bhaaiya and Gudiya who infuse a sense of belonging in him.
The second recitation by Sanjeev was also capturing as he brought out the day-to-day struggles of the fishermen community in a very lively manner. His story titled as ‘Bagh’ focused upon the life of fisherman called ‘Gopal’ who loses five of his family members to tigers attacks in the area where these fishermen toil to earn a livelihood.
The high point of this story-reading session was handed out by well-known writer Swayam Prakash. He left an indelible mark on the minds of audience with his satirical style of recitation and the hall at one point resounded with sounds of laughter as he read out his story called ‘Kan Danv’ that basically had a merchant and a Pathan as the central characters of the story based in the pre- independence period.
The story tries to make a comment on the strong bond enjoyed between the Hindus and the Muslims in the era gone by that somehow seems to have lost its relevance in the present time.
Earlier, the narrative round started with Giriraj Kishore addressing the audience. While throwing light on the comparative styles of writing that clearly emerges between the writers of the recent and the past he emphasised that today authors have subtly inculcated a fair amount of deliberation and discussion into the topics that they are writing on. He said that more of preaching has crept into present day story telling. He described this feature to be an impending threat for the writers of this generation.
Kishore said that the ‘advocacy element’ is slowly digging into the typical innocence that was once found in the works of Premchand, Rajendra Yadav, Kamleshwar and Yashpal etc.
The second session saw poets Rajesh Joshi, Gyanendra Pati, Kumar Ambuj, Pawan Karan, Nayeem and Sunderchand Thakur reading
out their poems to packed hall at the auditorium.
The session was chaired by Chandrakant Devtale who later recited some of is poems during the presentation. Some of the notable recitations were ‘America ke Rashtrapati hone ke mazay’ (Pawan Karan), Khana banati huee striyan’(Kumar Ambuj), ‘Buddhijivi Vimarsh’ (Sunderchand Thakur), Peeth Ki Khujli (Rajesh Joshi), ‘Hindi ke lekhak ke ghar’(Gyanendrapati) and
‘Nimbu mangkar’(Chandrakant Devtale).