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Talk: Poetry and the Past

Talk: Poetry and the Past

 Quick Info
India Habitat Center,​
Gulmohar Hall,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Meeting Time 5/21/2016 6:30:00 PM
Meeting Point Gulmohar Hall
Nearest Metro Jor Bagh
(900 mts.)
 Charges None
 Type Heritage Durbar (Talk)
 Speaker Saumya Kulshreshtha
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May 21

Talk: Poetry and the Past India Habitat Center
When: 07:00 PM

5/21/2016 7:00:00 PM 5/21/2016 9:00:00 PM 68 Talk: Poetry and the Past In this session we will explore the facets of poetry which help us connect to mythology, history, humanity and as a consequence, ourselves India Habitat Center Youth for Heritage Foundation false DD/MM/YYYY

About the Event

What we read today has a resonance back in the alleyways of yore. Sometimes, the written word, which is a part of the larger history of the spoken word, is our only means of reconnecting with a past lost and forgotten. Poetry, whether written today or centuries ago, is the part of a tradition which can, at once, tell us about our collective history, as well as help us apprehend the future.
Navigating through the seemingly uneven terrains of contemporary poetry, in this lecture, we will explore the facets of poetry which help us connect to mythology, history, humanity and as a consequence, ourselves. The session will comprise of references from Hindi, Urdu, English and Sanskrit poetry, and will focus on few poetic devices which lead from the personal to the collective cultural heritage.

About the Speaker

Saumya has made a name for herself as a Poet, Blogger, Editor and Translator. English, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit literature are her active sites of engagement. She believes that a study of languages, words and alphabets is the only pursuit worth undertaking.
She runs a poetry club in the city called Poets'Collective, which has become popular as an informal platform to share heartfelt words. Started in September 2014, Poets’ Collective is the Sunday solace for many like her, who crave for a non-judgemental and warm atmosphere to let their most intimate expressions out. She is also the Co-Creator of Poets’ Collective blog, called The Other Quill.
Saumya has founded Delhi’s only mythology club, called Maha Varta. The name is obviously a bad pun on the Mahabharata, but delves into almost all kinds of mythological, historical and philosophical concepts and texts from yore. Under the aegis of MV, Saumya also conducts multiple workshops and lectures in several places.
She is a guest teacher at IIIT Delhi, where she teaches English Poetry and Indian Mythology. Saumya conducts poetry and creative writing workshops and lectures in NGOs, schools and colleges. Her areas of interest include Classical Sanskrit Poetry and Drama, British Romantic Movement, Confessional Poetry, Post-Colonial Literature, Urdu Poetry and the Chhayavaad School of Poetry in Hindi.
She has co-authored an academic text on Indian Heritage and Culture, which is a favourite with students studying for competitive examinations. She is currently serving on the organizing committee of Kumaon Literary Festival – a one of its kind literary initiative in the country. She has featured on many panel discussions in several festivals discussing poetry and literature.

How to Reach

By Car: From AIIMS, reach Safdarjung Tomb and turn right on Lodhi Road. Take another Right from the Islamic Centre on Lodhi Road. Turn left immediately into the (IHC) gates and park in IHC Basement.
If coming from Nizamuddin side, take the service lane from Airforce Bal Bharti School. Take left into the gates of IHC and park
By Metro: Get down at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and you may walk upto the IHC. Some may also choose to get down at Jor Bagh Metro Station or the Khan Market Station. A battery/auto rikshaw can help you reach the venue easily
By Bus: India Habitat Centre is a famous bus stop on Lodhi Road, well connected by many routes.
Once at India Habitat Centre, come to Gulmohar Hall on first floor opposite Stein Auditorium

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