Waft of verse regales listeners

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rhyme and rhythm: Apurva Iyengar reciting her poems at the fest in Guntur on Saturday.
rhyme and rhythm: Apurva Iyengar reciting her poems at the fest in Guntur on Saturday.

Ramesh Susarla

A young poetess pens ‘Weeping Buddha’ inspired by the recent bomb blasts in Hyderabad

GUNTUR: Writing and reciting poems, that too in English, is on the verge of extinction. But National Poetry Fest-2008 in Guntur came as a breath of fresh air on a hot summer afternoon at Jagarlamudi Kuppuswamy Chowdhary (JKC) College here on Saturday.

More than eighty eminent poets from across the country got a platform to recite two of their unpublished, poems to an august gathering.

It was the poem on ‘Weeping Buddha’ recited by young poetess and Limca Book of Records awardee Apurva Iyenger that drew attention of the audience on how prosaic events like Hyderabad bomb blasts could inspire poets to pen some crisp lines. Drawing inspiration from the smiling Buddha statue on the Hussainsagar, Ms. Apurva held her audience spell-bound with her recitation.

Guntur-born R.M.V. Raghavendra Rao, a language and literature teacher for three decades, recited some poems from his book ‘Viewless Wings’.

A compilation of 84 poems recited at the national poetry festival ‘Heart - Throbs’ was released by the Nagarjuna Educational Society Chairman Basavapunnaih. An electronic version of the same book was also released, which would be put on Internet for free access .

Among those who attended the day-long festival were Nita B. George a distant relative of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Ambika Ananth, editor, Muse India. Mani Rao, an Indian poet from Hong Kong on voice-mail. English Department teachers P. Gopichand and Susheela coordinated the event.



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