GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - Poetry Couture and Maati Centre, Guwahati, jointly organised a two-day poetry event in the city recently, in which young poetry lovers took part enthusiastically.From school students to working professionals, everyone came together to celebrate and recite poetry.
On the first day of the event, the ‘Guwahati Basement Poetry Fest’ started with a talk titled ‘Translating North East’. It was moderated by Madhu, founder of Poetry Couture. The panellists were Arjun Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of English, Gurucharan College and founder, Anuvaad Literary Translation Festival; Dibyajyoti Sarma, founder, I write Imprint – a poetry publishing house and Dhrijyoti Kalita, Assistant Professor of English, Dispur College.
After the interactive session, there was an ‘open mic’ where young poets recited their pieces. There was a special performance by Italo Rovere from Brazil who recited his poem in Portuguese.
On the second day, there was a creative writing workshop and another on performance poetry conducted by Dibyajyoti Sarma and Madhu respectively. Writer, translator and researcher Shalim Hussain and Dr Namrata Pathak, Assistant Professor of English, NEHU also enlightened everyone with poetry readings and a critical overview on the art of writing poetry and on translation.
This was the fourth poetry event organised in the city by Poetry Couture, whose founder Madhu said, “The aim is to revive the poetry culture as we have an enriching oral tradition.”