Vatayan @ Keats House
In collaboration with the prestigious Keats House- Hempstead (once occupied by the Romantic poet John Keats) and the UK Hindi Samiti, the Vatayan : Poetry on South Bank celebrated its tenth anniversary and 100 Years of Tagore’s Gitanjali, in the Nightingale Room. The day began with a picnic on the beautiful lawns of Keats House, where Indian and British poets and poetry connoisseurs shared many glorious afternoons.
The second session began with a warm welcome by Mira Kaushik, Director of Akademi-South Asian Dance. Dr Padmesh Gupta, President of the UK Hindi Samiti recalled how 30 years ago late Dharamvir Bharti and he were invited to recite their poems at Keats House. To commemorate that memorable event, the programme commenced with a tribute to Dharamvir Bharati’s famous poem, Kanupriya, presented by the established choreographer and Kuchipudi dancer, Arunima Kumar and her disciples.
Poet Madhu Chaturvedi, was the guest of honour and broadcaster Rama Pandey and Dr Achala Sharma, paid her tribute by reciting her poems. Dancer-choreographer, Chitra Sundaram presented the Britain’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s famous poem, Penelope, in a bhava version.
Such felicitations are rare in present times and transport you to a different era.