The 2016 Kritya poetry festival is scheduled to be held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of February 2016. Kritya is once again welcoming poets of note from all over the world to her homeland Kerala to partake in this festival. There is a difference this time, though. We have decided on a floating venue for Kritya 2016; Kritya is going out to the people rather than asking them to come to her.
We believe that poetry is most relevant in the present day and we must reach people who have little if no access to the arts and poetry. Poetry is a compelling medium to disseminate valuable ideals, discuss social issues and effectively paint the world around us in all its beauty, ugliness and complexities. Poetry is the elixir that heals the deep-lying wounds of the mind. Poetry is the single most powerful medium to spread the message of peace in this strife-torn world. With its wonderful capability of speaking volumes through few but powerful expressions, there is no better tool of communication than poetry.
Just as the most beautiful flowers bloom in the sludge and swamp, the most beautiful and artistic minds may lie confined in places where often the brilliant rays of poetry fail to reach. We hope to take poetry to them. Then again, going out to the community will enable us to make the spirit of poetry accessible to people who may not otherwise even remotely consider reading poems.
Yes, poetry must extend its arms to people in hospitals, old age homes, prisons and detention centers, and juvenile homes among others. Poetry must make its way unwaveringly to various community events such as book fairs, exhibitions, sales and so on, and make its footstep heard. Kritya intends to keep this spirit alive and reach out to people through poetry readings and performances, providing them with a unique experience of appreciating poetry. Then there are remote villages and rural locations that are waiting to take in fresh wisps of poetry, holding their breath in anticipation of lyrics and music that may come their way. Kritya is now going to these places to imbibe new experiences, to be one with the folks living those experiences.
Modern day poets do not wish to be recluses, discussing their poems only with fellow poets and admirers or confining themselves to the legendary ivory tower. Poets across the world now prefer to frequent even unusual places, in an attempt to let a larger section of the public experience the strength and possibilities of the poetic medium. Kritya will get together with people who wish to appreciate poetry, read and write poetry, and discuss poetry.
It’s time we went forth to meet the people who love us, whom we love. Words are our power; let us allow our poems to seek and find the right audience who want to listen to them.
Kritya has taken her first step into the vast expanse of the world of poetry in June -2005.To mark Kritya’s achievement we organized a “celebration of poetry” or poetry festival at the Museum Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
As we know, poetry, the oldest form of literature, is always kept alive in other art forms like drama, dance, music and even painting. So we celebrated it by singing, acting, talking and painting poetry.
Dr. Ayyappa Paniker, the eminent poet who put Malayalam poetry in the world arena and brought the world literature to Malayalis, inaugurated the function by reading poetry.
Kavalam Narayana Paniker who has given a new grammar to Indian theatre, was the chief guest and he read his own, and Ayyappa Paniker’s poems.
B. D Dethan, a great painter from Kerala who has combined the tradition of Indian and western painting, painted on the spot while the poems were being rendered.
Kavalam read ‘Seethamaareecham Kilippaattu’ by Dr. Ayyappa Panicker, based on the famous Ramayanam episode. Modelled on the lines of the traditional Kilippaattu by Thunchan, complete with Phalashruthi, this set the tone for the play on the same subject staged by the Sopanam troupe. Imbued with the distinct flavour that is characteristic of Kavalam’s productions, it captivated the audience. Particular mention needs to be made of the Ravana by Gireeshan.
The short stories of Amrita Preetam have an earthy tang and several of them feature the travails of the woman subjugated by the patriarchal society.
This issue came alive in Neeta Mohindra’s solo performance, an adaptation of one of these stories. The protagonist, a seller of pots, observes that the life of a woman, irrespective of the strata of society she belongs to, is much the same, one of exploitation. The array of emotions that flashed on her face and the freedom from restraints were proof enough that the Spartan props on the stage did not fetter the accomplished artiste.
The inaugural function was followed by a captivating drama presentation based on the famous Sanskrit Drama “Ashcharya choodamani,” by Sopanam Troupe. Punjabi artist Neeta Mahendra acted out Amrita Preetam’s story “Kori Handi” (the unsullied mud pot), which was hailed as a brilliant performance. This was followed by Rabindra Sangeet by Pallavi Krishnan. D.Vinayachandran, a famous poet of Kerala, read out one of his poems. Rendering of the poems of Pash and Rati Saxena( the editor of Kritya) constituted the grand finale. The festival of poetry turned out to be an experience of the essence of poetry involving all the senses and the sensitivity of the heart – a Jugalbandi of reading, acting, painting and singing. A combination of Rasa, Raga, and Rhythm in different colours.
Homage to Prabhakar
Prabhakar Chitrakaar was from Chattisgarh. I might have met him in Dhamatari sometime after a poetry reading, but I don’t remember his face. He wrote to me that he liked my poetry and wanted to paint on them, as my poetry talks to him. He started sending me paintings on my poems one after another along with brief letters. When I dreamt of Kritya, Prabhakar’s paintings were in my mind. I wrote to him about it, but there was no reply, the first issue of Kritya came out with his paintings, but Prabhakar was strangely silent. Now I have come to know from a letter sent by his wife Vimala, the reason for his uncanny silence. He is no more in this world to paint my poems.
The TrustTrust Registration No. 23/2007/IV, Trivandrum, Kerala-Kritya is a Trust established to widen the scope and reach of global literature, arts and culture. It seeks to be accessible through translation, publication, performance, interaction and exchange of literary ideas among various languages and cultures. Kritya was formally registered as a trust in January 2007.
•Promote the aesthetic experience through poetry and the allied art forms.
•Provide a common forum for poetry-lovers all over the world to come together, show case their talent and exchange views.
•Allow free expression through poetry and the allied arts regardless of class, creed, colouror country.
•Encourage new talent without compromising on quality.
•Create an awareness of the past masters with due tributes.
•Establish and strengthen a fraternity of peace and mutual understanding through the medium of poetry.