Chandigarh, May 13
A poetry festival was jointly organized by the Department of English and Cultural Studies and the Dean of International Students at Punjab University today to commemorate World Language Day which falls on April 23.
The festival kicked off with two eminent poets, Sudeep Sen and Anamika, reciting their poems in English and Hindi respectively. The event was trilingual. While Anamika translated Sudeep’s poems into Hindi, Sudeep translated Anamika’s into English. Parminder Singh, a researcher in the department, has also read Sudeep Sen’s poems in Punjabi. Audiences particularly appreciated the synchronized renditions of the various poems in three languages.
Anamika read poems largely on issues related to women and their sisterhood. His poems were also translated by the department’s students into Punjabi and read to receptive audiences.
The Chair of the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Prof. Akshaya Kumar had an engaging and thoughtful conversation with the two poets regarding their poetic endeavors and experience of contrasting translation.
Department alumnus Neha Bansal (IAS) and Ranjit Saranwali, both award-winning poets and published by Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, presented their poems in English and Punjabi, respectively, in the post-lunch session. Afterwards, students from different departments of the university took the stage to present their original poems. Their poems written across languages had an immediate resonance among young audiences.
The day ended with Sudeep Sen’s kind words of encouragement to budding poets not to lose heart and keep writing. Dean, International Students, Deepti Gupta’s support for the event was appreciated by the audience.