Kritya 2017, an International Poetry Festival in collaboration with Bharat Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram

5 Oct

Dear Friends,

Kritya Literary Trust has been organizing poetry festival  since 2005 in Thiruvananthapuram and are now coming with their 11th edition of ‘Kritya International Poetry Festival’  in collaboration with Bharat Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram and Raza Foundation, New Delhi . The 11th edition of Kritya International Poetry Festival will be held from 9th November to 11th November 2017.

The theme of the 11th edition of Kritya International Poetry festival is Poetry against Xenophobia and Racism. This theme has become more relevant in present times when all over the world there is an atmosphere of hatred and crime against all kinds of minorities such as gender, race religion, language, culture and so on. The festival will have two other full day programs on the previous day of the inauguration, 8th November and on the following day of valedictory function, 12th November.

Kritya  International  Poetry Festival 2017 will witness the poetry recitation by 24 poets of  from different countries like Turkey, Estonia, Spain, France, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland to name a few. The main aim to organize this festival is to plant a seed of thought in people especially among the young generation. Keeping this vision in mind Kritya festival is a kind of moving festival where it will take the spirit of poetry amidst the people.

The 11th edition of Kritya International Festival will be inaugurated on 9th November by Chief minister of Kerala  Shri Pinarayi Vijayan  . The meet will be presided over by Shri Ashok Vajpeyi, Poet, writer and Managing trustee of Raza foundation. The inauguration will be followed by paying a tribute to well known poet Shri O N V kurup via live painting along with recitation of his poems in five foreign languages by well known international poets. Live painting will be done by eminent artist and painter B D Dethan.

To reach out to all sections of society our poets will be performing at different venues such as State Central Library, University College, S N College, Chempazhanthy and Bharat Bhavan on the same day in the afternoon. Under the guidance and leadership of Poet Prabha Verma and Madhusudan Nair there will be a session for prison inmates of Poojapura Prison Cell Thiruvananthapuram as a part of poetic therapy, Poetry for Freedom of Soul. There will also be the screening of short international poetry films at Bharat Bhavan in the evening followed by poem recitation by South African and German poets.

On 10 of November 2017 poets will have a lively interactive session with young energetic students and lecturers of Mar Ivanios College. On the same evening the Book at the Beach Literary Festival at Kovalam  will have the privilege of participation of international poets of Kritya International Poetry Festival  where they will mesmerize book lovers with  their poems and add colours to the book reading festival.

On the morning of 11th November  the poets will have the opportunity to pay their tributes to the renowned Malayalam poet Mahakavi  Kumaran Asan by visiting his birth place Kayikkara , Maha kavi Kumaran Asan Smarakam and then to Mahakavi  Kumaran Asan Memorial at Thonnakkal where there will be a poetry recitation by the poets. There will also be an interaction of poets with children of Sai Gramam where poetry will be used as a therapy to heal and give children a different experience.

The valedictory function of 11th edition of kritya Poetry Festival will be held in Bharat Bhavan , Thiruvananthapuram,  presided  by minister of cultural affairs kerala  Shri A k Balan as chief guest.

The Kritiya International Poetry Festival will also have two extensions program. one on the previous day of the inauguration that is 8th November and other on 12th November at Book at Beach literary Festival. On 8th November there will be a one and half hour long Poetic drama performance by Marc Delouze and his team who is a well known poet from France. On 12th of November four international poets will present their poems on the theme of the festival RESURGENCE  OF HUMANIST POETRY AGAINST XENOPHOBIC TERRORISM at Mahakavi Kumaran Asan Smarakam, Kayikkara, and on the same day Doris Kareva  from Estonia and Yolanda Castaño from Spain will participate in book reading festival at Book at Beach literary Festival at kovalam.

Kritya International Poetry Festival is a five day long festival which will see the participation of well known poets from different countries thus giving an opportunity to the poetry lovers of kerala to experience and enrich themselves in the company of international poets.  The team of Kritya International Poetry Festival cordially invites people of Thiruvananthapuram to be a part of it.