The current phase of separate Telangana agitation has offered a platform for local poets, especially those who are employees, to showcase their talent with audience being readily availability.
As such, Adilabad is not known to offer much by way of encouragement to poets, either professional or amateur. It looks justifiable therefore for poets to make much of the chance at hand.
Some government employees who compose poetry as a hobby, recite poetry at the main dharna camp of employees in front of the Collectorate.
“The issue at hand, statehood to Telangana and the injustices done to the region, also offers an opportunity for poets to respond to a contemporary issue,” says well known writer and poet B. Murlidhar, an Agriculture Officer in Adilabad, as he delves into an important aspect.
“Under normal circumstances, poets do not touch upon such problems. The separate Telangana issue is one with which poets in the region relate to,” Mr. Murlidhar, a regular at the dharna camp, says.
M.A. Hameed, correspondent of a private junior college, recited his fiery Urdu poem titled ‘Mard-e-Telangana' at the dharna venue on Wednesday. He said he had explored the separate Telangana subject for the first time because of the opportunity at hand.
“Through ‘Mard-e-Telangana', I want to warn the government to concede the demand or we will grab Telangana forcibly. It was taken well by the audience at the protest venue,” he says.
Among the poets who have grabbed attention of Telangana protagonists in the last few days are Raja Sammaiah, Kailash and Chinna Ashanna. They have recited ‘soul-stirring' poetry from the dais.
The Sahiti Mitra Mandali in Adilabad plans to bring out a collection of poetry on Telangana. Many poems written during the last few days of protests will be featured in the book.
Sahiti Mitra Mandali plans to bring out a collection of poetry on Telangana