LITERARY DOYEN IN GOD’S COMPANY.

 

Shri Dev Bharadwaj, Director IICCA, delivering Welcome address.

DEV BHARADWAJ of Chandigarh

India that is Bharath my motherland indeed is a holy land that has produced men of great literary caliber and one such was DEV BHARADWAJ of Chandigar .

Shri  DEv Bharadwaj-Editor of KAFLA INTERCONTINENTAL who organized 10th International Festival of Poets, Writers, and Scholars in Trivandrum on 27th and 28th December 2014 at Gandhi Bhavan Thiruvananthapuram which I attended and presented my poem on International Peace and my 3 and a half page report on the Festival was published in the KICSummer Issue 2015. He at the age of 70 passed away on 10th and funeral is taking place today at Chandigarh. May his soul rest in peace.
My books GIFT OF LIFE and my translation of Daisaku Ikeda’s poems to Tamil were released and I presented my paper on TRANSLATION LITERATUR.

On return I prepared a Report on the Festival and the same was published in his prestigious magazine which is  reproduced here for the benefit of rereading of thye same on tis sad occasion.

It was indeed a great delight to receive the letter dated 19th October 2014 from Shri Dev Bhardwaj, Director, India Inter –continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh, inviting me to participate in the 10th International Writers Festival, India (an International conference of poets, writers and scholars) scheduled for 27-28, December 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It was all the more fascinating to me as I do not consider myself fit to be called as a poet, writer and/or scholar! Venue was announced as GANDHI BHAVAN, Thiruvananthapuram –the God’s own land, and the theme of the conference was to be Literature and World Peace with special focus on VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM- all very dear to my heart. Hence I decided to attend the Festival.

I love train travel and in fact when I visited TRIVANDRUM (as called in those days) couple of decades ago, I travelled by train-around sixteen hour travel from Chennai and I wrote a 64 line poem in English titled “DELIGHT INDEED IS TRAIN TRAVEL” which was greatly appreciated by the readers. But then my affectionate sons felt that sixteen hour train journey will be taxing their 74 year old father and organized my air travel-to and fro hardly taking 75 minutes by flight!

Since it was a couple of years, I visited air port- last was my air travel to Goa to attend the annual convention of the Authors’ Guild Of India” where I submitted a paper on “READING CULTURE IN INDIA” and presented a poem on “WORLD PEACE”-of course both were well received by the scholarly delegates, I agreed with their suggestion of air travel to the festival. Indigo flight took off at Chennai on Friday the 26th December at 16.10 hours and reached Trivandrum at 17.20 hours. Aircraft was full –all the 180 seats occupied. Seated along with me on the right of 18th row were Shri K P Radhakrishnan, a former MLA , Tamilnadu and a Tamil Scholar to attend the Festival and Smt. Ranjani Ranganathan- a student of journalism in Orissa, married in Delhi and hailing from Kerala! In seventy minutes, discussion on varied topics took place! Frills free flight-pay for water or snacks if you need! My sons paid two hundred and fifty rupees in addition to the ticket fares and that fetched me four slices of bread sandwich-tomato, cucumber, lettuce and cheese along with 250 ml of coke! Extra five hundred for both ways!!

Though the organizers arranged accommodation who have opted for the same in JAS Hotel and Hotel B G PLaza , nearer to the Festival venue, viz Gandhi Bhavan , Thycaud, Trivandrum, I chose to stay in the Guest House of Life Insurance Corporation of India whose employee was I for a little more than four decades! That beautiful and comfortable Guest House was six kilometers away in Pattom.

On that day to nourish, Saturday the December 27th, first day of the Festival, I reached the venue around eight in the morning (though the Conference was scheduled to commence only at 10.30 hrs.) in an auto driven by an honest driver who did not claim a rupee more than the meter rate, rare to come across in my place in these days!

“Gandhi Bhavan” Thycaud, venue of the Festival
“Gandhi Bhavan” Thycaud, venue of the Festival
Festival poster at the venue.
Festival poster at the venue.

The venue “Gandhi Smarak Nidhi”, Gandhi Bhavan, in Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram was located in calm and serene location. Though I was there two and a half hours ahead of the schedule, a nice Gandhi an, clad in saffron khadhi dhoti and pyjama, brightly bearded Secretary of the Bhavan Shri K G Jagadeesan received with love and respect. The building was sanctified by great personalities as Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India and Shri Lalbahadur Shastri, former Prime Minister in connection with foundation stone laying ceremony or inauguration of the building. A beautiful burst size statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of our Nation blesses us as we enter the main building.

The 10th International Writers’ Festival was organized by India Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh. Co-organisers were Indian Ruminations, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and Shruti-the School of Music, Guwahati (Assam) and supported by Writers Club, Chandigarh and International Poets Society, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh). This was the 10th Festival organized by Kafla International- the first nine were held in Chandigarh (2004), Kurukshetra(2006), Agra(2007), Ambala Cantonment(2008), Jaipur(2009), Chennai((2010), Wardha(2011), Bhubaneswar((2012) and Nellore(2013).

This conference was attended by about thirty delegates from the countries like Bangladesh ((9), Croatia ((1), Kazakhstan (1), South Africa (1), Sudan (2), UK (1), USA (1), Uzbekistan (13), Brunei Darussalam(1) and Iran(1).

About 96 Indian delegates attended. Andhra Pradesh(3), Assam(1), Bihar(1), Chandigarh(10), Chhattisgarh(3), Gujarat(6), Haryana(2), Jharkhand(2), Karnataka(6), Kerala(15), Madhya Pradesh(3), Maharashtra(4), Meghalaya(1), Mizoram(1), Odisha(2), Puduchery(2), Punjab(6), Rajasthan(1), Tamilnadu((14), Telengana(7), Tripura(1), Uttar Pradesh(2) and West Bengal(3).

A beautifully designed booklet was brought out by the organizers providing all the details of the Festival along with the extracts of the papers to be submitted and poems to be presented-indeed a great guide to the delegates.

First session of the Festival on 27th was opening Ceremony and Welcome Speeches and release of Books as is usual with such conferences.
Shri Dev Bharadwaj, Director, IICCA welcomed the gathering.

The New Sunday Express, Thiruvananthapuram dated 28th December reported thus:

LITERARY FETE BEGINS
T.Puram: The two day 10th International Literary Meet and the Indian ruminations literary Festival began here on Saturday. Thomas Isaac MLA, who presided over the inaugural function, called for a radical shift in attitudes so as to facilitate the expansion of cultural activities in the country. “This is very much needed if the future generations are not to abandon art and culture and blindly follow the culture of consumerism,” he added. He said that capitalism would “force to convert” leisure time for promoting production. “Here we have a system that breeds greed. One should strive for a society that promotes sustainable development”, he said.

Poet Pudussery Ramachandran inaugurated the meet. He said that Mahatma Gandhi keenly worked for unity of people belonging to different groups. Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi Chairman N. Radhakrishnan, who spoke at the programme, said that the writers have become “change agents” of the society. Writers have the responsibility in molding the future generations, he said. Asror allayarov, a writer and journalist from Uzbekistan, poet Jacob Issac, and Laltluanglina khiangte, who received Padma Shree Award for literature and education in 2006, were also present at the inaugural function of the meet.

The meet held at Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi premises is being jointly organized by Indian Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Indian Ruminations, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and Shruthi School of Music.”

Dr. N Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council for Gandhian Studies(New Delhi) Working Chairman Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, and Secretary General: Writers Forum for Harmony(New Delhi) addressed and his presidential address of KAFLA INTERCONTINENTAL”S 10th International writers Festival on the theme “THE IDEAL OF VASUDEIVA KUTUMBAKAM in RAJA RAO’S KANTHAPURA and the GREAT INDIAN WAY, distributed to all delegates proves a wonderful reading.

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After the addresses, a number of new books were released including this writer’s (N V Subbaramana’s) two books- his book of English poems titled “GIFT OF LIFE” translated into Telugu by the poet SRIRAGI, titled “BRATHUKU VARM” was received by PERUGU RAMAKRISHNAN, noted Telugu poet and writer, “THANNIR ALAI” in Tamil translated work of English poems of Japanese poet and the founder of Soka Gokai International, Japan, Daisaku Ikeda by N V Subbaraman was received by Pudussery Ramachandran.

In the two days of conference in all 36 papers by the Indian delegates and five papers of delegates from abroad were presented on different subjects keeping the focus on the main theme of the Conferences including my paper on “TRANSLATION LITERATURE”. Most of the papers were in English and a few in Hindi. All the scholarly papers were well received.

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In all 68 poems in English, Hindi, Malayalam were presented including my 30 line poem in English – “WORLD PEACE- THE NECTAR” and needless to say all were well received.

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Mr. Thomas Isaac MLA, and former Finance Minister, Kerala delivering address.
Mr. Thomas Isaac MLA, and former Finance Minister, Kerala delivering address.

In the evenings, songs were rendered in various languages – Hindi, Guajarati, Assamese, Punjabi and Malayalam proving that some of the poets can be great singers too!
On the whole several sessions of Paper submission, poems presentation and singing of songs in the evenings/nights were all well received.
On 27th night there was a candle light procession by the delegates for world peace and harmony and the candles were kept at the feet of Mahatma invoking his blessings and guidance. It was indeed a grand sight to witness!
Hospitality in the form of lunch and dinner was excellent. Typical Kerala food-raw rice, boiled rice, chapathi/roti, dhal, poriyal, sambar, rasam, curd, pappad, payasam , aviyal, raitha and so on- served with love and affection, regard and respect- a great experience indeed!
Timely tea and biscuits served as a great booster to the ‘at- times- tired- minds.’
Certificates were presented, merit awards were given, and mementos were presented to the organizers by the Kerala delegates.
Profuse vote of thanks was proposed by Sandhya and Parinita Goswami.

Pair behind the show!-Madam Sandhya and Parinita Goswami
Pair behind the show!-Madam Sandhya and Parinita Goswami

It was announced by Prof. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh that they will be hosting the eleventh International Literary Festival at Dhaka in Bangladesh sometime in September / October 2015.

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Quite a number of delegates went on a picnic tour to Kanyakumari, Southern most point of India that is Bharath on Monday the 29th December 2014.

Organizing such a conference successfully is not an ordinary achievement. Lot of efforts has gone in for days and weeks together to make this festival a memorable one in life time.

Patron Mr. Jacob Isaac, a poet of international eminence and author of several books living in Kerala and South Africa and Mr. Perugu Ramakrishna, a poet and convener, International Poets Society, Nellore (AP) made significant contribution for the success of the conference.

It is no doubt a team work; yet particular compliments should have to be offered to sarva Shri Dev Bharadwaj Director IICCA, Chandigarh, Sandhya, Managing Editor and the Chief Programme Coordinator, Thiruvananthapuram, KG jagadeesan, Secretary, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Prof. J T jayasingh, Chief Editor, Indian Ruminations, and coordinator, and Associates Dr. Babitha Marine Justine, Philipose Thathampally, P L Sreedharan Parokode, Sham Singh and Sathi Balwinder Singh.

Yes; with a little more cooperation from the delegates, time could have been better managed. Planting of a sampling in the Gandhi Bhavan in commemoration would have been ideal.

With happy memories of the tenth international writers’ Festival, delegates returned to their headquarters with a firm resolve to pursue world peace and harmony, treating the entire world as one family through literary activities. I, N V Subbaraman, am not an exception!

Yes; those are the “DAYS TO NOURISH AND THOUGHTS TO CHERISH”!

Jai jegath!

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WITHERING LEAVES AND FALLEN SOLDIERS

 

Tree In Our Colony. Photoed By S Swetha from our Balcony.

The All powerful Almighty my God created the world nice
With all living beings- man and woman, trees and plants, lakes and seas
All to play supplementary and complimentary role wise
For peace and harmony, joy and happiness, plenty of health =spice!

A beautiful almond tree is there among hundreds in my colony
Spreading its branches far and wide, grown quite tall full of leaves and fruits
Leaves in green become brown on age, wither and fall on earth
Like a man on earth on age withers and dies, later takes a birth!

But look at the young jawans fall dying to terrorism
The army men who guarded our Motherland in hard terrains
Butchered in Kashmir a couple of days ago-sacrificed their life precious
Withered leaves on the top and butchered men at the bottom-REST IN PEACE!

 

 

 

 

 

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Fallen soldiers in Kashmir mourned by colleagues

Lui-Ngai-Ni 15 February 2019

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Great indeed are the culture and traditions of India-that is Bharath
In different States and many a time all over the country as a whole.
Climate, nature, people language differ yet we see unity in diversity
Including fame and name, glory and greatness that enhance the Nation’s dignity!

Fifteenth February is today – a day great for Manipuris
Lui Ngai Ni is the seed-sowing festival for the Naga tribes of Manipur
The festival heralds the season of seed sowing and marks the start
Of the year for the Nagas -a holy day indeed on their part!

Agriculture a noble culture and the agriculturalists great tribe
Who toil and till in sun and rain, to feed others- we have to imbibe
Their spirit of service for the humanity! Vagaries of monsoon hitting
Them hard and harsh. Let us wish Naga season all success this year flourishing!

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VALENTINE’S DAY 14th February.

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Days and days are there all over the world- important days
Very important days, very very important days
Religiously, socially and culturally great
Indeed to observe in spirit of the day a great treat!

Fourteenth February today is one such important day
Valentine’s Day -Saint Valentine’s Day- Feast of Saint Valentine,
Feast day honoring “Saint” Valentine” a significant cultural event
Several “Christian martyr” martyrdom associated with many Valentines
One was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden
To marry and for ministering to Christians, who were  during his imprisonment,
Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution,
He wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Lo! Such a holy day has become a day of vulgarity
Boys and girls in mid twenty and thirty roam about
On the roads behaving indecently much to the chagrin
Of elders great, good and noble! The practice to be condemned!

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NIGHTINGALE OF INDIA BIRTH DAY 13th February

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INDIA -my holy Motherland is the home of great women poets
Thirteenth February today is a great day in the poetry world
Birthday of India’s freedom fighter and poet Sarojini Naidu
In Eighteen Hundred Seventy Nine-National Women Day -kudos!

Sarojini Naidu actively participated in the Indian National
Movement for our freedom. great poet nicknamed’Nightingale of India.’
Sarojini Naidu a freedom fighter, the first woman governor of United Provinces,
Present Uttar Pradesh.day marks development of women in our Motherland!

Part of independence struggle, traveled all over the country, delivered lectures
To create social welfare. awarded the  Kaisar-i-Hind Medal for her work during
Plague epidemic She advocated women’s empowerment and established WIA
Author of famous works:re The Golden Threshold, The Bird of Time: Songs of Life,
Spring, The Magic tree, The Indian Weavers, The Broken Wing: Songs of Love,
We celebrate Women’s day today with hands folded in respect!

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DARWIN DAY 12th February.

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The wonderful world in which we live today is the making of the Lord
Almighty Omnipotent, Omnipresent is every where- great God
Omniscient-all knowing- all living beings are HIS making
Over the course of years millions Darwin telling and proving!

February twelfth the day the great Scientist Charles Darwin was born
In Eighteen Hundred and Nine= two hundred and ten years ago;

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Man was born on evolution of mankind going through stages different
It is not fun but truth that he could prove to the Scientists community!

Here is the theory of evolution found by Hindu saint”
Great Tamil Savant Poet Manicka vasagar of ninth century
Gave his theory of Evolution in Thiruvasagam thus:
“கல்லாகிப் “புல்லாகிப் பூடாகி மரமாகி பல்விருகமாகி,
புழுவாய், பாம்பாய், பறவையாகி, மிருகமாய்,  மனிதராய்”
“Stone, grass, plants and trees giant trees,
Worms, snakes, birds, animals and man”

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Tagore’s Gitanjali Part 26

POEM 26

 CURSED SLEEP?

He came and sat by my side but I woke not.

What a cursed sleep it was. O, miserable me!
He came when the night was still; he had his harp in his hands and my dream became resonant with its melodies.
Alas; why are my nights all thus lost? Ah, why do I ever miss his sight whose breath touches my sleep?

கீதாஞ்சலி 26ஆம் பாடல்

சாபத்திற்குரிய தூக்கம்.
என்னருகில் வந்து அமர்ந்தான் அவன்
ஏனோ நான் எழுந்திருக்கவில்லை!
எத்தனை சாபத்திற்குரிய தூக்கம் அது?
அந்தோ பாவம்! பரிதாபம்.

அசைவற்ற இரவில் அங்கே வந்தான்
வில்யாழ்தன்னைக்  ஏந்தி இருந்தான்
அழகிய கீதம் அதனில் இசைத்தான்
இசையொடு இணைந்தது என் கனவு!
இனிய இரவுகள் இப்படிக் கழிந்தன
அவனது தரிசனம் ஐயோ இழந்தேன்
துயிலைத் தழுவிய அவனது மூச்சு
அழகிய முகமோ நழுவிப் போச்சு!

உறக்கம் மனிதனுக்கு இன்றியமையாத தேவை என்றாலும், அளவிற்கு மிஞ்சினால் அமிர்தமும் நஞ்சாகும். தூங்காதே தம்பி தூங்காதே! சோம்பேறி என்ற பெயர் வாங்காதே! சில நேரங்களில் உறக்கத்தால் நாம் சிலவற்றை இழந்து விடுகிறோம். அப்படி இழப்பதைக் குறிப்பதே இந்தப் பாடல். இரவுத் தூக்கத்தில் இறைவன் வந்து யாழ் இசைத்தான்; உறக்கத்தின் தாக்கத்தில் இசையை இழந்து இறைவன் கட்சியையும் இழந்தான் அவன். உறங்குவோம்; இருப்பினும் அளவோடு உறங்கி, இழக்கக் கூடாதவற்றை இழக்காமல் காத்துக் கொள்ளவேண்டும்.

 

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