Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Poets have a significant role to play in promoting peace and unity around the globe in these times of terrorism, hatred and greed, Governor S. S. Barnala said on Monday.

Addressing the valedictory function of the 27th World Congress of Poets, organised under the auspices of the World Academy of Arts and Culture, he said the poets had in the past contributed to the cause of global peace.

He pointed out that Indian poets had played an important role in kindling solidarity and spreading the freedom movement.

Among Tamil poets, it was Subramania Bharati who lit the fire of patriotism through his revolutionary poems, while in another age, Thiruvalluvar led one to a righteous life and orderly conduct.

Himself an artist, Mr. Barnala said there existed a binding knot between a poet and a painter: one giving life to thoughts through words and the other through images.

The Governor signed off reciting a Punjabi couplet he had composed in his youth.

University for poetry

Poet-lyricist Vairamuthu called for establishing a university for poetry on the lines of universities for agriculture or veterinary sciences.

He urged the poets’ congress to take the initiative in setting up such a university that offered the study of all poetry in the world and different languages.

Segmenting poetry as local, contemporary and universal, Mr. Vairamuthu said the base rhythm of Tamil poetry was musical.

Medallions presented

The Governor later presented the President’s gold medallions to Vairamuthu, Dimitri Kranioti (Greece), Janet Yeung (Hong Kong), Eloisa Acosta Soberanis (Mexico) and Lucia De Garcia (U.S).

S. Mohan, former Supreme Court judge and president, poets’ congress; Yu Hsi, poets’ congress patron; Maurus Young, secretary-general; V. K. Narendra, secretary; N. Mahalingam, chairman, Sakthi group of companies; and Meena Muthiah, chairperson, Chettinad group of institutions, participated.