Kritya 2017

KRITYA International Poetry Festival 2017 is the 11th such festival organized by KRITYA Literary Trust. In 2017 we are collaborating with RAZA Foundation, New Delhi and Bharat Bhavan, Trivandrum.    the dates are 9, 10, and 11 of November 2017. Trivandrum, kerala, India.

The theme for 11th KRITYA Poetry Festival will be “Poetry against racism and xenophobia”. This is a highly relevant theme in today’s world, as hatred and crimes against minorities of all kind based on their faith, race, gender, languages; cultural traits have maligned the life on earth as never before.

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”

― Bertrand Russell

Diversity is an important aspect of human existence. Most of the big countries of the world are good example of diversity. In India, there is a famous saying that language and food changes every 100 miles. This could be true for other parts of the world as well. But the lack of new knowledge, exposure to new places, new languages, food habits, or living style, make people afraid of others, who appear different. Actually ignorance takes people to worship one’s own self in the name of nation-hood. Such situations give rise to terrorism, war and self-consuming hatred. Poetry is above the boundaries of language, colour and creed. Upcoming KRITYA festival highlights poetic voices from different parts of the world, having similarity in their thought despite the diversities in cultures


As we invite around twenty international poets with great stature (participating through the grants given by the ministry of culture of their respective governments) and twenty poets from within the country, KRITYA will be taking them to schools and colleges, to organized poetry meets, so that young and adults in our society can enjoy and appreciate world literature from the masters of contemporary world poetry. We will also take poetry to Hospitals, Prison, Old Age Homes and Orphanages with due permissions and sponsorship from authorities and enlighten the imagination of the audience with peep into world outside. We will use translations of the works in local languages to communicate with local community. We will also organize poetry painting exhibitions, and poetry film presentations in different views. Thus KRITYA would try to connect people to poetry and to its emotive aspects.


Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter – like the river banks – forcing spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work for art or poetry.
– Rollo May

KRITYA started as a poetry festival in 2005 and later formally registered as a literary trust in January 2007, to widen the scope and reach of global literature, art and culture in India. It seeks to be accessible through translation, publication, performance, interaction and exchange of literary ideas among various languages and cultures. It is our strong belief that in this strife-driven world, we can establish and strengthen a fraternity of peace and mutual understanding through the medium of poetry. KRITYA, our bilingual web journal is issued monthly in Hindi & English.

KRITYA has organized Poetry Festival every year since its inception in a different part of India with the support of a local host. The nomadic nature of the Festival allows it to introduce different languages, literature and culture to poets and artists from around the world, and to build a bridge between Indian cultures and those of the world. Each festival provides a common platform for poetry lovers from all over the world to come together and share their poems, thoughts and ideas. We also focus on encouraging new and quality talent, so KRITYA is open to promising young and upcoming poets.

So far we have organized ten festivals, two state and eight international. In Kerala we have organized four festivals in years 2007 (in memory of Sri. Ayyappapanikar, late poet), 2010, 2014 and 2015-2016. KRITYA 2017 is fifth such event in Kerala.