POETRY FEST : Vak – The Raza Biennale of Asian Poetry > 15th, 16th & 17th February 2019 - Delhi Events
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POETRY FEST : Vak – The Raza Biennale of Asian Poetry > 15th, 16th & 17th February 2019

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Venue : C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, Main Complex, India International Centre (IIC)
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Time : 
15th February : 4:30 pm onwards Add to Calendar 15/02/2019 16:30 15/02/2019 19:20 Asia/Kolkata POETRY FEST : Vak – The Raza Biennale of Asian Poetry Event Page : https://www.delhievents.com/2019/02/poetry-fest-vak-raza-biennale-asian-poetry-india-international-centre.html C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, Main Complex, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY
16th and 17th February : 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Add to Calendar 16/02/2019 11:30 17/02/2019 16:00 Asia/Kolkata POETRY FEST : Vak – The Raza Biennale of Asian Poetry Event Page : https://www.delhievents.com/2019/02/poetry-fest-vak-raza-biennale-asian-poetry-india-international-centre.html C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, Main Complex, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served Basis)
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Venue : C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, Main Complex, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
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Event Description : POETRY FEST : Vak – The Raza Biennale of Asian Poetry

Organised in collaboration with The Raza Foundation

The festival will present poets from Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Palestine, Singapore, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

Schedule : 

15th February : 


16:30-17:00: Opening Remarks by Ashok Vajpeyi 
Launch of VAK-A Collection of Asian Poetry
17:00 onwards: SESSION I: Chaired by Ashok Vajpeyi
17:00 -17:20: Ko Un South Korea
17:20 - 17:40: Kutty Revathi India
17:40 - 18:00: Amir Or Israel
18:00 - 18:20: Afsar Rahbeen Afghanistan
18:20 - 19:20: Conversation: Freedom and Dissent in Poetry 
Speakers: Marine Petrossian Armenia; Udayan Vajpeyi India; Nguyen Hoang Bao Viet Vietnam; Najwan Darwish Palestine

Freedom is a key concept for poetry. It asserts and explored it; it seeks it against all constraints; its quest for freedom is a quest which is almost for all human freedoms. It can be reasonably argued that poetry is a permanent indestructible site for freedom.

In our times, as in many times, earlier, freedom is in jeopardy and poetry becomes inevitably a struggle for freedom.


Freedom is also a liberation from the strongholds of blind faith, parochial ideologies, hatred of others, violence, etc. freedom achieves its validity indeed inner truth by allowing space for and giving dignity to dissent. In times as pours when mass structures of power dominate, poetry deeply rooted in freedom is also, because of the pressing circumstances, dissent


16th February : 

SESSION II- Chaired by: Ashis Nandy
11:00 – 11:20: Marine Petrossian Armenia
11:20 - 11:40: Yang Lian China 
11:40 - 12:00: Alvin Pang Singapore
12:00 – 12:20:  Saw Wei Myanmar
12:20 -12:40: Shahnaz Munni Bangladesh
12:40 - 13:00: Closing remarks by Chair

SESSION III: Chaired by Apoorvanand
14:00 - 14:20: Emiko Mayashita Japan
14:20 -14:40:  Rosa Jamali Iran
14:40 - 15:00: Kaushiki Dasgupta India
15:00 - 15:20: Najwan Darwish Palestine
15:20 - 15:40: Youhong Liu China
15:40 - 16:00: Closing remarks by the Chair

SESSION IV: Chaired by Harish Trivedi
16:30 pm- 17:30 pm- Conversation: Truth of Poetry in Post Truth Times
Speakers: Ko Un South Korea; Saw Wei Myanmar; Nomaan Shauque India; Amir Or Israel; Sitanshu Yashaschandra India

There are many claimants to truth, many pretenders as well. Politics, religion, science, technology, ideologies, media, etc. all claim t possess truth, many a time, aggressively and stubbornly. Any of these ‘truths’ tend to create regimes of exclusivity, unquestionability and mindless following. Poetry, on the other hand, while daring to speak truth in spite of adversities, makes it participative and refuses to create any regime. Its truth is participative: it reaches completeness, if at all, when the readers, the others add some truth of their own to the poetic truth.

Our times are marked by a global sweep of untruth and lies. Engulfed by them one may lose faith in truth as also in the need for it. Poetry of our time is insisting that truth must be spoken, articulated and asserted. Poets invariably have begun a non-violent brigade of truth-speakers taking immense personal risks

17th February :


SESSION V- Chaired by: Shamin Hanfi

11:00 – 11:20: Sitanshu Yashaschandra India
11:20 - 11:40: Chheangly Yeng Cambodia
11:40 - 12:00: Thongbay Photisane Laos
12:00 – 12:20:  Hasmik Simonian Armenia
12:20 -12:40: Udayan Vajpeyi India
12:40 - 13:00: Closing address by Chair

SESSION VI: Chaired by Romi Khosla
14:00 - 14:20: Chador Wangmo Bhutan
14:20 - 14:40: Zebo Mirzaeva Uzbekistan
14:40 - 15:00: Gvanca Kereselidze Georgia
15:00- 15:20: Nomaan Shauque India
15: 20 - 15:40: Asad Zaidi India
15:40 - 16:00: Closing remarks by Chair

SESSION VII: Chaired by Romila Thapar
16:30-17:30 - Conversation: Violence and Poetry
Speakers: Chheangly Yeng Cambodia; Shahnaz Munni Bangladesh; Asad Zaidi India; Gvanca Kereselidze Georgia; Afzar Rahbeen Afghanistan

A lot of poetry these days is taking place in circumstances of mindless and often murderous violence. Since poetry demolishes all dichotomies between ‘us’ and ‘them’, re-energizing our basic humanness, it is often pitched against such violence. Violence could be of arms and war, of ideas and perceptions, of politics, religions, media, special norms, etc it is a complex matter and cannot be resisted without inviting personal harm or emotional damage.

Violence has been a major human predicament through history and seems to have assumed monumental proportions in contemporary times. Most poetry cannot and does not endorse violence nor is it an accomplice. Because of this resistance, its courage and insistence on conscience can be, in a bizarre way, seen as lack of courage. Yet poetry is in our times, e genre, incredibly pluralistic, of nonviolence

For details of the festival, kindly please log on to www.therazafoundation.org  

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