It was well proved on Saturday evening at the poetry meet held in the Doon valley that many a young poet is being nurtured by the valley now – something which brings new hope for all of us.
Young poets from Doon University, DIT and other institutions attended and participated in the poetry baithak, the second one to be organised at Books n More (BNM) book store on Rajpur Road. The first such meet was held on April 16. Among the senior poets were Mussoorie-based Urdu poet Ata-ur-Rab, Mukul Sain, Jaskiran Chopra, Sujata Paul and Indu Agarwal. The young poets at the session were Kunal Uniyal, Vibhor Dwivedi, Vartik Srivastava, Vatsal Rohilla ,Anil Alfaaz and Amit Kholia. The three hour session featured Urdu, Hindi and English verse, providing great variety of expression and emotions. Various genres of poetry were explored including romantic poems, some politically oriented verse and even poems of Veer Ras.
The objective of these poetry baithaks is to provide a platform for poets of the valley to freely express themselves and interact with other poets and poetry lovers in an atmosphere of leisure and comfort. Spontaniety of poetry is highlighted and the audience and the poets exchange views on many a literary subject besides the audience appreciating and analysing the poems.
The meets have been started to revive the culture of “addebaazi” in Dehradun where such gatherings used to be held regularly in peoples’ homes or in small restaurants. Those old “addas” have vanished as the city is now being developed on a different manner which makes it difficult for like-minded people to find time and opportunity to get together informally and enjoy some moments of creative expression and joy. The ambience of BNM provides just the right atmosphere for the literary minded audience and the poets to hold this informal interaction to savour precious moments of happiness and artistic pleasure.
It was indeed heartening to see the university students use Urdu and Hindi skillfully to weave poetry with new symbols and fresh imagery, making them stand apart as the “new poets” with a new consciousness. Vatsal recited Urdu poetry while Vartik read out his Urdu as well as Hindi poetry. Anil Alfaaz recited two poems from his new poetry collection. Vibhor Dwivedi, who also attended the first meet, recited poems in English, Hindi and even Persian! He came across as an extremely talented poet like the other young poets at the meet. Kunal read out his poems of “Veer Ras”. Ata-ur-Rab lent a touch of experience and wisdom to the session and read out his poetry in “Tarannum”. Indu Agarwal read out her Hindi poems and so did Anil Agarwal. Sujata Paul read out her Hindi poesm among which was a poem on Rispana River where she pleads with people not to spoil the river any more. Mukul Sain read out his English poems that were politically oriented. Doon-based writer Arvindar Singh also participated in the baithak and encouraged the poets.
Sadhana Malhotra, who was in the audience, expressed her views and said that such gatherings would surely take us back to Doon’s old days when creativity and warmth were part of our lives and moments of leisure and creativity were cherished. Katyana, Shivani and Amit Kholia from Doon University expressed their views and said that it was for the first time that they had attended such a poetry meet and they looked forward to be part of such gatherings in future.
Ashish Narayan Sharma of BNM, who is a poetry lover, narrated some anecdotes about poets of the valley in earlier days. He said he had been wanting to bring back the “addebaazi” tradition for quite some time now.
The beauty of the gathering was that poets young and old, Urdu and English poets , students and veterans –all happily spent three hours together, enjoying each moment and savouring it. All carried warm and sweet memories with them when they left .All are awaiting the next baithak!
Monday, 13 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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