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Poetry from 19 countries to wow Delhi

Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times  New Delhi , February 28, 2014
First Published: 13:21 IST(28/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:19 IST(28/2/2014)

Delhi’s finding reason enough to rhyme ­lately. After the Delhi Poetry Festival and the Jaipur Literature Fest, a new festival is ­making it ‘verse’ for the city.

The Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Poetry Festival, organised by Sahitya Kala Akademi and the Ministry of External Affairs, has invited over 50 poets from 19 countries. The idea behind this event is to connect these countries through this platform.


“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 really important to retrieve that partly lost organic connection,” says Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi.

Prabodh Parik, a poet who is also participating in the ­festival, says: “We have had delegations before from ­different countries, but this time, we have writers from countries where strong ­political events are going on right now. Listening to such poets would be interesting.”

The fest will see poets from countries like India, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, including the Indian-origin poets representing Indian languages.

WHAT: WAVES - IORA Poetry Festival

WHERE: Triveni Auditorium, Tansen Marg

WHEN: March 1 to March 3

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