The poetry section of Y: The ILF Samanvayblog presents an Indian poet every week with a number of her/his poems in original and in English translation, a short write up on her/his life and works, along with a photograph, adequate to make a fair introduction.
ILF Samanvay 2016 scheduled for Nov-5-7 revolves around the theme ‘Language as Public Action’ and that is a theme that strings together the poets presented here. We present Indian poets who have attempted to write beyond limited boundaries, breaking a fresh public path for themselves in our times.
This movement leads from the questions raised by ILF 2015 themed ‘Insider – Outsider’. Though the concept of an ‘insider – outsider’ self is a complex one, it may be broadly explained in terms of linguistic, cultural – religious – caste identities, gender, geo-politics, aesthetic avant-garde and so on. For example, the Tamil woman poet Salma establishes the outsider within her, questioning the traditional self of Tamil Muslim womanhood. The poets of the Dalit movement (for example Siddalingayya from Kannada, the late Namdeo Dhasal from Marathi etc), of proletarian/ egalitarian movements (like Gaddar from Telugu and many others), and the several poets of contemporary eco-feminine/ feminist positions and the poets who opt an adopted language or culture other than the ones in which they are born and brought up, could also be considered within the of theme of ‘outsider-insider’, in a reverse process, as they are trying to influence and change the mainstream discourse in their own unique ways.
In the ultimate analysis, every writer of significance will have to be an insider/outsider and thus her/his language itself takes the form of a public initiative—stepping out to establishes her/his own space in the milieu of contemporary literature. This is true more in the case of poets.
Representing poets from the different languages of India needs a structure. The most accepted structure is, following the alphabetical order and that is what we have done. Beginning with Assamese, all the Indian languages will be represented as far as possible.
When the weekly presentation of poets reaches the last language, the process will be repeated with a fresh series.
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