March 20th- HOLY,HOLI, HOLI DAY is today!

HOLY FESTIVAL OF PLENTIFUL COLORS!

Lovely Nation-My homeland-India that is Bharath very great
Full of festivals over the year for the people to enjoy
In the North and South, East and West all over to make others happy
And the self to live in joy and harmony with all in the society!

March Twentieth today is HOLY, HOLI, HOLI DAY to enjoy
Festival Holi start on the night before with a Holika Dahan
People gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire,
Pray for their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika,
Sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire.

The day is Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours,
People smear each other with colours and drench each other.
Water guns and water-filled balloons are on full swing to
Color each other -friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman!

Children and elders. frolic and fight with colorsin streets, parks,
Temples and buildings carrying drums and other musical instruments,
Sing and dance, visit family, friends and foes to throw colored powders on all
Laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.

In the evening, dress up and visit friends and family.
Festival of plentiful colors-ever pleasing to the eyes!
Let us wish all a happy HOLY, HOLI, HOLI this day
Let the whole world flourish in colors all through the year!

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17th March Saint Patrick Day

 

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World without religion is dead wood and religion without the world is soul-less!

What is Religion?

While religion is hard to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who defined it as a

“system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.”

A critique categorized religion as “an anthropological category.” Many religions have  narratives, symbols,traditions      to give meaning to life  or to explain the       origin of life or the universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics,religious laws , or a preferred  life style from their ideas about the cosmos  and human nature. According to some estimates, there are about 4,200 religions in the world.

Major Religions in the World:

There are twelve classical world religions—those religions most often included in history of world religion surveys and studied in world religions classes: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.

ADI SANKARA ON HINDUISM
Adi Shankara was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of  Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in    Hinduism.

His works in    Sanskrit discuss the unity of the ātman and Nirguna  Brahman  “brahman without attributes”. He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (  Brahma Sutras  , principal  Upanishads  and  Bagwat Geeta ) in support of his thesis. His works elaborate on ideas found in the Upanishads. Shankara’s publications criticised the ritually-oriented Mīmāṃsā school of Hinduism. He also explained the key difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, stating that Hinduism asserts “Atman (Soul, Self) exists”, while Buddhism asserts that there is “no Soul, no Self”.

Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mīmāṃsā school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. He is reputed to have founded four mathas (“monasteries”), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta of which he is known as the greatest revivalist. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and unified the Shanmata tradition of worship. He is also known as Adi Shankaracharya, Shankara Bhagavatpada.

Likewise every religion major or minor has its own Saints and Seers and 17th March being St.Patricks today’s Sunday Story is on him.

It’s 17th March  one of the most celebrated festivals in Ireland – St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day is also known as a three-leaved festival because St. Patrick used to explain Holy Trinity to pagan Irish with the help of three leaves.

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.

How do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…?

India is a festive country. It has a festival of colors, festival of lamps and firecrackers, festival of kites, festival of dance, a festival of the boat race, etc. but  it is always  open to foreign festivals. We always love to adopt new cultures and celebrate life as much as we can.

For many years, we have been celebrating Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving as well as St. Patrick.

Wearing something green: As per tradition, people wear something green. All the corporate offices, who are known to this festival, wear green, especially companies dealing with Canada, USA and Ireland. The one who does not wear green gets pinched.

 

Click pictures: Click pictures: Clicking pictures and uploading them on social media is a must activity in India. No matter what is celebrated, clicking photos, taking videos, etc is a must.

The decoration of workplace: The workplace is decorated with green. It is decorated with green balloons, ribbons, and other decoration which makes the office look beautiful and green. People also keep something green on their desk like leaves or petals or paper cuts.

A parade like dancing: Here actual parade is not done but instead, people sing and dance and enjoy like parade. Some offices also have DJ parties which relaxed people from hectic schedule and participate in co-curricular activities. Also, some offices take their employees to church to pray to celebrate this fest in a religious way.

Food: Different offices have different ways with their food. Some believe in having green food and juices while some go out for lunch or dinner. The Indians are quite a foodie and St. Patrick is a perfect celebration and excuse to eat healthy and yummy food. Some also drink green drinks which range from Green smoothies to bottle-guard juice to honey-mint cocktails.

We are enthusiasts and eager and curious souls. These festivals allow us to pour ourr enthusiasm out during this period. So St. Patrick is not limited to Ireland or Canada or USA, it’s for India too.

 

Saint Patrick

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes).

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick.

Today it is March 17th Saint Patrics Day and I am sure , my esteemed viewers would have found this post quite interesting and informative. Let us invoke the grace and blessings of St. Patrick  for universal welfare.  I am  proud to be an UNIVERSALIST and I use to tell my good friends that I am for Andavar, Palani Andavar and Nagore Andavar!

We shall meet tomorrow with our usual post.Till then GOOD BYE!

(Lot of inputs from my revered GOOGLE GURU)

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March 4th- MAHA SHIVRATHRI DAY

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HOLY days are several in a year in all religions over the world
India-my holy Motherland that is Bharath has indeed many for old!
Today the fourth March is one such”SHIVRATHRI DAY” for Hindus very sacred
Observing in East and West, North and South and Central at temples and homes valued!

Celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva in the luni-solar month
Shivrathri is observed every month; but today is MAHA SHIVRATHRI
THE GREAT NIGHT OF SHIVA! Major, solemn festival-marks
Overcoming of darkness and ignorance in life and world!

Day is spent chanting Shiva’s name, prayers, fasting, keeping awake all through the night
Meditating on ethics, noble virtues of self control and restraint,honesty,
Ahimsa, forgiveness all man making and character building; visit Shiva temples
Indeed a very holy day for all Hindus; let us observe with all faith and belief!

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti 19 February

India that is Bharath my homeland lives for centuries
With honor and dignity- thanks to our great culture and tradition
Great sons and daughters of Bharatha matha all over-East and West
North and South- central every where across the Motherland!~ best!

One of the noblest sons of Mother Bharath is Shivaji
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj whose birth day is tomorrow
Nineteenth of February- the best leader of Maharashtra.
But deemed to be the noble person for the whole Nation!

Maharashtrians have an extraordinary respect for their ruler.
The maker of the Maratha nation. extraordinary personality of his own
Time may change, empires may go and dynasties may become blurred,
Yet the significance of Shivaji is alive in the minds of all Indians
His astonishing triumphs and ever-prepared grin made him
The symbol of his soldiers. Let us salute him on this holy day!

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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!

SONAM LHOACHHAR 2019

Sonam Lhochhar

 

World is wide and vast! My history teacher in my school days
Used to say that Sikkim is tucked between India and Tibet
A wonderful people with their customs, traditions and culture
Though not big in size a lovely place blessed with Mother Nature!

Known for fluctuated ethnicities and inborn gatherings, with the Tamang people
A group of the greatest and far reaching of all. Sonam Lhochhar,
The most huge celebration of this socially rich group, the start of
The Tibetan New Year. praised with awesome ballyhoo and enthusiasm
Sans fail, men and ladies embellished in their bright and customary clothing in sum
Conceal men dancing to the cadenced thumps of damphu a conventional little round drum!
Tamang food is something constantly liked by the guests and voyagers
Arranging their trek to Sikkim during the festival.Great followers!

Capital of Sikkim Gangtok.

POETS WITH /ON FLAMINGOS!

 

Of the million creations of the Almighty-Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent – Flamingo is one nice and beautiful bird! Flamingos are seen in several parts of the world but there is no history of any individual or organization  celebrating  as FLAMINGO POETRY FESTIVAL  anywhere except in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh  where at the initiative of International Poet Shri Perugu Ramakrishna of PEN.India and the Tourism Development Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh  FLAMINGO POETRY FESTIVAL is being conducted. This year’s that  took place in Nellore is the IV th Edition- first three conducted in the years 2015, 2016 and 2018. I had the fortune and privilege of attending the Festival in 2016 in ShulurPeta, Nellore District A. P.

This IV th Edition was conducted in the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management,   (An autonomous body under the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India)  situated at Golagamudi village and Post), via Sarvepalli, SPSR Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh.

Sarvepalli is the home village of our Professor- Philosopher- President of India Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan to be deemed as a holy place.

Of course reasons are not far to seek!.

Lot of migratory birds-flamingos add  natural charm to Nellore District in various tanks and lakes. Have a look at two of the important habitats  for Flamingos  here.

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary:  Pulicat is a small seashore township which offers an invigorating and thrilling experience of expedition. Sited on the barricade island of Sriharikota which divides the Pulicat Lake from the Bay of Bengal, it is located at a distance of 60 km from Chennai and 3 km from Elavur, It is the second leading brackish lagoon in India–covering a total area of 720 sq km of which 84% comes in Andhra Pradesh and 16% in Tamil Nadu–following the Chilka Lake in Orissa. It extends to a length of 60 km.. They serve as breeding grounds for migrating birds and resident amphibians, permanent homes for fish species, social interaction amongst mammals who congregate there for water, and an escape from the heat of the sun for countless reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Nellore Renowned for being one of the most significant pelican habitats that can be found in entire south-eastern Asia, the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh in India is every bird watcher’s dream come true. This mesmerizing sanctuary is located just near the village of Nelapattu and is spread over a total area of about 459 hectares. The sanctuary is also a crucial breeding site for the spot-billed pelicans and is also home to significant plant communities like the Barringtonia swamp forests and the southern dry evergreen scrub.

Other than the spot-billed pelican, the sanctuary is an important breeding ground for other birds as well, such as white ibis, open-bill stork, night heron and little cormorant. In all, 189 different species of birds can be found at the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, of which 50 species are migratory. These migratory birds include common teal, shoveler, Spot-bill duck, grey heron, black-winged stilt, and garganey gadwall.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary got its name from its neighboring village, located in the Nellore district. It was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1997 by the government of India. The famous festival ‘Flamingo’ is also organized here by the government every year in January and witnesses huge footfall. What adds to the beauty of the sanctuary other than the breathtakingly beautiful bird species found here is the strategic location of the sanctuary. The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located just near the Pulicat Lake, which is the second largest salt lake in all of India. The easy accessibility to the sanctuary from nearby major towns and cities is a bonus, which makes this destination on the top of the list of places to visit in Andhra Pradesh.

Coming back to the topic of this Sunday story, I had the honor and proud privilege of being invited to present Tamil poem in the FLAMINGO POETRY FESTIVAL which I give below in Tamil and its English translation for the benefit of my esteemed viewers:

அழகுப் பறவை நீர்க்கோழி!

 

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பறவைகள் பலவற்றைப் பரமன் படைத்தான்
இறவாத பெருமைதனை அவன் அளித்தான்
தெரியாத பறவையினம் எத்தனையோ
அறியாத மக்களும் அறிவதற்கு வாய்ப்பு இங்கே!

நீர்க்கோழி எனும் பறவை அழகுப் பறவை
பார்ப்பவர்க்கு மகிழ்ச்சி தரும் அதன் பார்வை
கேட்பவர்க்கு இனிமை தரும் அதன் குரலும்
நேர்த்தியாக அதுகுறித்து இன்று மகிழ்வோம்!          (8)

ஃப்ளேமிங்கோ  பொயட்ரிஃபெஸ்டிவல் என்ற பெயரில்
நீர்க்கோழி கவிதைத் திருவிழா இன்று காண்போம்
பார்ப்போரைப் பரவசமாக்கும் பறவை பார்ப்போம்
கேட்போரை மகிழ்விக்கும் கவிதை கேட்போம்!

அழகுப் பறவை, அருமைப் பறவை, அந்தப் பறவை
பழகும் பாங்கினைக் கேட்டு மகிழ்வோம்
வெள்ளை நெஞ்சு நீர்க்கோழி, கம்புள் கோழி
சம்புக்கோழி என இனப்பெயர்கள் கேட்பீர்!

அன்னைத்திரு நாட்டில், ஆசியக் கண்டமதில்
நெஞ்சும் முகமும் வெள்ளை நிறத்தில்
கொஞ்சும் உடலதுவோ சாம்பல் நிறத்தில்
பஞ்சு போன்ற அதன் உருவம் நிற்கும் மனத்தில்!  (20)

குட்டை குளங்களில் குளுமையாய் வாழுமவை
எட்டி நின்று பார்த்தாலும் அழகுப் பறவை
தொட்டுத் தொட்டுப் பார்க்கவுமே ஆசை தோன்றும்
மட்டிலா மகிழ்வதனை அவைகள் தந்திடும்!       (24)

இதன் வால் நடக்கையிலே மேல்நோக்கும்
மெதுவாக குலுங்கும். அலகினால் நீரினைத்
தோண்டி உணவினைப் பார்வையால் தேடும்.
ஆழமான நீரில் காட்டுக்கோழி போல் இரைதனைஉண்ணும்!.

வயிற்றைவிட அலகில் உணவை அதிகமாய் வைத்திருக்கும்
உலர்ந்த சதுப்பு நிலத்தில் கூடு  உற்சாகமாய்க் கட்டி நிற்கும்.
ஆறு ஏழு முட்டைகளை அதிலே அன்போடு இட்டுவிடும்.
வளைந்த தன் வாய்ப்பகுதியால் உணவினைக் கடிக்கும். முட்டைகள்  நாட்கள் பத்தில் குஞ்சு பொரிக்கும்
ஆணும் பெண்ணும் முட்டைகளை அடைகாக்கும்
குஞ்சுகளைப் அன்போடு பராமரிக்கும். பாதுகாக்கும்
வயதுக் கோழி, அமைதியுடன்அடைகாக்க
பறவைக் கூண்டு அமைத்து இளைப்பாறும்.!
இறைவன் காட்டிய வழிதனிலே இனிதாய் வாழும்!. (36)

நீர்க்கோழி எனும் பறவை அழகுப் பறவை
பார்ப்பவர்க்கு மகிழ்ச்சி தரும் அன்புப் பார்வை
கேட்பவர்க்கு இனிமை தரும் அதன் குரலும்
நேர்த்தியாக அதுகேட்டு இன்று மகிழ்ந்தோம்!      (40)

BEAUTY BIRD PELICAN

God the Lord Almighty created birds many
HE bestowed on all the pride and joy in plenty
Unknown birds and their tribes we know not how many
Here is a chance  for all to know in harmony!

Pelican is  nice bird on water beauty bird
Very look gives joy and happiness –not a third
Very voice provides joy to the one who listens
Knowing full today let us enjoy unbitten!                         (8)

In the name of “Flamingo Poetry Festival”
We shall enjoy the pelican poetry festival
We shall see the beauty bird that is delightful
Let us enjoy  poetry that makes us joyful!

Beautiful bird, lovely bird that enchanting bird
Let us enjoy the way the bird behaves-not tired
Phaethontiformes, herons, ibises, spoonbills,
The hamerkop, and the shoebill have now been
The home of  India our Motherland in Asia.
Chest and face in white color great and bright quite sure
Caressing body in brown color  very pure
Shape and size ever remaining green in our mind!                  (20)

In the ponds and lakes happily in coolness they live
Beauty birds they are to see from a distance active
Desire arising to touch and enjoy again
Gives  joy beyond limits again a great grand gain!                   (24)

When it walks its tail looks up beautiful and graceful
Slightly jostles; with its beak peeps into water i
Gently looks for food majestically with its eyes
In deep water, takes food like forest hen nice!

Stores food more in its long beak than in its belly
In the shallow, dry and marsh lands builds its nest rightly
With love and affection leaves eggs six or seven
With its curved mouth it bites its food – in its heaven
Eggs yield little, cute pelican birds in days ten
Male and female pelicans take care of little ones
Aged pelican builds its own bird’s cage to rest
Happily enjoy living as the Creator guides!     (36)

Pelican is  nice bird on water beauty bird
Very look gives joy and happiness –not a third
Very voice provides joy to the one who listens
Knowing full today we enjoyed right unbitten!               (40)

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The Poetry festival started at 10.00am. With the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest Sri Abdul Azeez, Hon’ble Mayor of Nellore Municipal Corporation  to the accompaniment of invocation in Sanskrit  seeking the blessings of Lord Vigneshwara.  Shri Perugu Ramakrishna, International Poet and  Executive Member of PEN.India (An Apolitical Association of Indian Writers who sponsored Flamingo Poetry Festival  once), convener of the Poetry Festival presided  over. He traced the history of  the Festival  from the first Edition in 2015 to the IV the Edition on 31st January in a graphic manner.

Chief Guest Shri Azeez, in a scholarly manner, spoke about the home of Flamingos, viz Nellore, its significance, economic impact of tourism and traveland the role the students and public can play in development and so on.

Shri Srinivasa Kumar, District Tourism Officer explained the various programs of the Department.

Ten senior poets and ten students presented their poems on the theme”Migratory Birds” in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English by the poets participating from different Southern States.

Shri Vinodan Assistant Professor of IITTM proposed Vote of Thanks. Dr. S. Meera Nodal Officer of the Institution was thye co convener.

In connection with the Festival a nice Photo and Art exhibition was put up. 15 photos and 12 artistic hand drawn pictures were presented by the students. Photos on the theme by Shashi Mouli, Sanjana and Vishal were adjudged top three. In the matter of drawing presentation, Sanjana, Shiv Hari and Rizwana were  the top three.

Power Point Presentation was made by Vinay and Kulsum and Sanjana as a group and the second group comprising Hasya and Sameera . Three papers were also presented by them.

Wide publicity was given by the Telugu newspapers and two of the specimens are produced below:

 

 

All the covereges mentione about the participation of Malayalam Poets Shri Unnikrishnan and Janardhan and Tamil poet N V Subbaraman.

 

N V Subbaraman being honored by the Chief Guest.

Nodal Officer Madam Dr. S. meera addressing.

 

Convener International Poet Shri Perugu Ramakrishna with Mr Unnikrishna to his right and N V Subbaraman and Janardhan  on his left.

 

Convener Perugu Ramakrishna to present bouquet to the Chief Guest.

Chief Guest Mayor of Nellore addressing the Festival.

Thus was the FLAMINGO POETRY FESTIVAL –IV Edition on 31st January at Nellore. The blogger carrying the happiest memories returned home eagerly expecting the V Edition next year!

This Sunday Story comes to an end with this. We shall meet tomorrow morning. Till then GOOD BYE!