Chennai Poets’ Circle is not new to my esteemed viewers as several references have been made earlier in this Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com – an elite group of poets budding and renowned and I must admit it is purely HIS will that I have been a part of this set up for quite a few years. This Sunday story is an attempt to give a fair report on the CPC’s ANNUAL SEMINAR on ENGLISH POETRY IN INDIA nicely organized and well attended by poets from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.on 20th January at the World University Service Center in Chetpat, Chennai.
Let me share with my viewers with the feedback received by some of the poets who participated in the Seminar on their getting back to their places.
Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, Vijayawada
Sun, Jan 20, 8:19 PM (3 days ago)
Respected Dr. Kannan,
Thank you so much for your mail CPC is one of the most looked-forward-to event for me as it so well and seamlessly organized by you and the CPC team, packing in a highly enlightening guest lectures in the inaugural session, illuminating paper readings and truly engaging poetry readings from CPC’s excellently put together annual poetry anthology Efflorescence by poets from across India and overseas! For me, as I keep saying CPC is second home.
SARANYA FRANCIS, Bangalore
Dear Mr Kannan
I truly appreciate your leadership and vision for CPC. The annual seminar is an exclusive event that focuses on poetry alone and avoids unnecessary frills. The event was well organised. Kudos to all your efforts. Hema, Jairam, Dr. Tirumeni, and rest of CPC core members. May your tribe increase.
Thank you all, Dr Tirumeni Sir, Hema, Jairam and you Dr Kannan Sir and Team CPC, for providing a memorable and poetically enriching experience every year!
Warm and respectful regards.
Sun, Jan 20, 10:14 PM (3 days ago)
Dear Mr Kannan,
What I truly loved about today’s meet was the genuineness of the platform. It was authentic poetry in all its humility and grace. My husband and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it. Thank you for giving both of us the opportunity.
Please find below the google drive link to download the photos of the CPC meet held on 20-01-2019 at WUSC, Chennai.
Thanks once again,
Sun, Jan 20, 10:27 PM (3 days ago)
Dear Madam Vidya Shankar,
Mr.Shankar has done a highly commendable and selfless service in covering the entire proceedings of the Seminar.
He took countless photos with a smiling face and cheerful gentleness.
Our grateful thanks are due to him.
We at CPC are very much delighted to see both of you so much involved and dedicated towards the cause of Poetry .
With renewed thanks and kind regards
Dr S Kannan
Mon, Jan 21, 10:46 AM (2 days ago)
As you rightly mentioned the function yesterday was truly a remarkable national event of which all of us can be really proud of. I liked your significant remark about presentation of more papers as was done in earlier years. I am sure in future, a great deal of thought would be given to this aspect.This would really set us apart .
I went back with happy memories of the event. Thank you and all in the team who made it happen.
Jan 21, 2019, 5:41 PM (2 days ago)
It was a fruitful experience, taking part in the CPC event, and meeting many beautiful creative minds. Felt very happy, and blessed to be a part of it.
Much grateful to you, Jairam Seshadri Sir, Hema Ravi Ma’m, and to the entire team for organising and making this event a memorable one for all.
Being my first time at the CPC event, felt very happy to meet so many poets; inspired by the Kaleidoscope of thoughts and emotions flowing through words from each one of them.
The chief guests’ speech too were interesting, and thought-provoking.
Wishing each and everyone in the CPC family, many many journeys of sowing poetry in the universe…
Given below is the newspaper coverage of the event as an example:
Anthology ‘Efflorescence 2018′ released at Chennai Poets’ Circle seminar
Posted on January 21, 2019 by NT Bureau
Chennai: Age is no bar for creativity: You would not think this is a tired cliche if you had attended the annual seminar of Chennai Poets’ Circle (CPC) on Sunday, 20 January, at the World University Service Centre, Chetpet. The highlight of this year’s seminar was the contribution of poets aged 11 years to 87 years.
The CPC is a non-profit, non-sectarian, literary body of academicians, professionals, students and homemakers interested in poetry writing in English, and sharing such creativity with like-minded personalities; over the years, the CPC has spread its wings nationally and internationally.
The local members of CPC meet once a month to recite and discuss poetic views. At the annual seminar, distinguished guest speakers share their views on poetry, member-poets present academic papers on Indian English writing and recite their poems in front of a distinguished gathering of poets, special invitees and the public. Amateur guest poets are encouraged to recite their poems.
During the seminar on Sunday, the anthology ‘Efflorescence 2018’, a collection of poems written by its members, was released.
The chief guest on the occasion was Dr C N Srinath, director, Dhvanyaloka Centre for Indian Studies, Mysuru, and the guest of honour was Dr V Rajagopalan, retired HOD, English, MCC College, Chennai.
Dr Thirumeni, chairman, welcomed the gathering, and Dr Kannan traced the achievements of the CPC in the last few years. Hema Ravi, secretary, anchored the poetry reading session in the forenoon, while Jairam Seshadri compered the proceedings in the afternoon session.
The paper presentations were chaired by Dr T V Reddy, Dr Biplab Chakraborty and Dr Kannan. Sharing their erudition with the audience, the speakers spoke about the contribution of great poets, emphasising that the poet is a ‘seer’ and poetry is the encounter with the impossible.
Quoting a renowned poet, one of the speakers said, “Like a piece of ice on a hot stove, the poem must ride on its own melting.” The role of poets in ‘digital detoxification’ was also stressed upon.
The highlight of this year’s seminar was the contribution of poets aged 11 years to 87 years and paper presentations by academicians from Sastra University. Eminent writer, poet and media personality, Andal Priyadarshini, who has been awarded the Kalaimamani award by the Tamilnadu government, was among the audience as a contributing poet.
Poets had come from Tirupati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Puducherry and Tiruchi. Two budding poets, aged seven and ten, wards of member-poets recited their verses confidently in front of the gathering.
For details, contact secretary, Hema Ravi, at 9841003201.
I am sure my esteemed viewers have received a fairly a good report on the event.
The said Anthology carries the following Poems by me and Miss. S Nivetha one of the EIGHT young poets who contributed their creations to the Anthology.
Dr. V. Rajagopalan, Guest of Honor who was the Principal and Head of the English Department quoted a few lines from the Book FLY,FLY,FLY published by S > NIVETHA (released in the last Seminar in 2018) and commended the imagination and expression of the young poet and wished her every success.
Following is Nivetha’s poem in the Anthology released on this occasion:
CHENNAI POETS’ CIRCLE
Chennai Chennai Poets’ Circle my literary home
Heartily I pray for its noble service-dome!
Elder poets are there to guide me ever nice
Naturally it is my literary home twice
Never can I leave my noble home I enjoy
Advising me how to write poetry with joy
Influenced me a lot in my thoughts and words!
Poetry, the soul of my family members
Offers opportunities for the young ones too
Ever I will remain grateful to my elders
Thanking them for all their kindness shown to me
Several great minds and hearts are there to help and guide!
Circle with long radius has lot of members
In Chennai and outside-deem it as a prestige
Reading and writing poems of their choice willing
Caring the young ones like me giving good training
Lot of opportunities to present in meets
Every month which I am not able to avail.
Members discuss art and science of writing poems
Young ones can learn a lot from the experienced.
Literary talents I would like to develop
Inside my home with others to guide
Trained poet can be more effective than others
Enthusiasm injected by all members
Remember I will- all through my life happily
Along with others I also write usefully
Rectification of any error-I get
Yearly once the Anthology blossoms bright!
Home is where I get food for literary thought
Opportunities provided by my beloved home
Many more I have to try and create shortly
Ever increasing thirst I have for poetry!
An acrostic poem –“CHENNAI POETS’ CIRCLE –MY LITERARY HOME”.
S.Nivetha an upcoming young poet aged 19, is studying in the second
year of Degree course in Chennai. India. She was the youngest poet
delegate in the International Multilingual Poets Meet held in
Vijayawada on 13 and14th November in 2016 and again the youngest delegate inthe Annual Poetry Seminar organized by Chennai Poets’ Circle in January 2017. She is well anthologized. She writes prose and verse, a good painter and cartoonist. Nivetha finds a place of pride in the INDIAN BOOK OF RECORDS FOR CHILDREN for having participated in the Vijayawada Meet as the youngest poet.
12/2045,Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Phone: +919840477552, 044-26544950
My poem published in the EFFLORESCENCE 2018
GLORY OF GOD
1. “A” leads the language
The Lord Almighty protects
Like peacock’s plumage!
2. Learning lacks meaning
If the learner believes not
In Him – protecting!
3 He surely lives long
Who seeks the feet of the Lord
To whom the noble throng!
4. To the one who clings
To HIM beyond likes-dislikes
No woes the life brings!
5. Who sings in HIS praise
Seeking HIS love and grace
Freed from the sins nice!
6. For long he lives for sure
Who treads HIS path sans desires
In this world – pure!
7. Who seeks not HIM whose
Compassion beyond compare
Never free from worry’s woes!
8. He can’t cross the sea
Of sins if he thinks not HIM
Indeed Virtues Sea!
9. Those heads that pray not
The God of eight virtues sure
Have eyes and ears just dot(s)!
10. Those who pray the Lord
Nicely cross the sea of birth
Others don’t – face woes!
These ten couplets are my translation of the Magnum Opus Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar written about 2000 years ago in Tamil into English. The chapter 1 of the 133, speaks about the Glory of God.
N V Subbaraman, a bilingual poet is the Asia -Pacific Book of Records holder for his Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS n https://nvsr.wordpress.com.
He has participated in many poetry festivals of which he holds International Multilingual Poets Meet held in November 2016 at Vijayawada and the Seminar organized by Chennai Poet’s Circle in January 2018 high in his mind. He is a haikuist with more than 1000 haiku to his credit and he is a Member of the American Haiku Society. He has published 38 books in English and Tamil. He is retired Deputy Zonal Manager of Life insurance Corporation of India.
N V Subbaraman
12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Indeed the day was a very memorable one for all the poets present in the Seminar.
Dr.C. Thirumeni, Chairman of CPS extended a very warm welcome which was very chill outside due to mid-winter season, Dr.S.Kannan President of CPC, delivered his Presidential Address, followed by the launch of the Anthology by Dr. Prof. C N Srinath, Chairman, Bhavanyaloka Center for Indian Studies, Mysore..Dr. V.Rajagopalan addressed the gathering of Poets. Annual Report was presented by Shri Jairam Seshadri, Treasurer. Poetry presentation first session started.
After delicious lunch, poetry session continued and two papers were presented by two academicians. Vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs.Hema Ravi. After National Anthem, poet delegates returned carrying the great memories “IN AND OUT OF THE NOBLE CIRCLE”.
Thus we end our this week’s Sunday story and the week to follow as usual. Till then GOOD BYE!