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World Poetry Conference-III Report

Dalvinder Singh Grewal

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WORLD POETRY CONFERENCE-III: DEDICATED TO GLOBAL PAIN CAUSED BY PANDEMICS AND OTHER CALAMITIES

A report by Dr. Dalvinder Singh Grewal

Pandemics and numerous calamities have shaken the world these years. Everyone feels hurt; more so the poets of the world; who decided to hold a grand poetry show named. ‘Literature in Difficult Times’ since in addition to pandemic there were other varying numerous difficulties varying from country to country. The conference intended to provide a platform for sharing creative ideas and succeeded in touching every corner of the world for disseminating creative thoughts and the pain that we feel in these difficult times. Over 130 poets from more than 25 different countries like Lebanon, US, Canada, Australia, Serbia, Tunisia, Russia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Pakistan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand, Egypt, Jordan, Romania, Albania, Doha, Muscat, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia and almost all parts of India presented their poems and articulated their ideas on the theme of the conference making it a thorough success. Poets of all age groups ranging from the budding young 16-year-olds to the senior poets aged 80 and above rendered their poems. The Conference also saw renditions in foreign languages like Greek, Italian and Albanian by poets, with translations in English.

The organization was under the banner World Literature and organized by ‘World Literature India and Free (Aazad) Foundation. It was the third in succession hence named ‘World Poetry Conference -3’

The conference intended to provide a platform for sharing of creative ideas and succeeded in touching every corner of the world for disseminating creative thoughts and the pain that we feel in these difficult times. Over 130 poets from more than 25 different countries like Lebanon, US, Canada, Australia, Serbia, Tunisia, Russia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Pakistan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand, Egypt, Jordan, Romania, Albania, Doha, Muscat, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia and almost all parts of India presented their poems and articulated their ideas on the theme of the conference making it a thorough success. Poets of all age groups ranging from the budding young 16-year-olds to the senior poets rendered their poems. The Conference also saw renditions in foreign languages like Greek, Italian, Albanian by poets, later translated by them in English also.

Since it was organized in India, the burden of planning organization directing and controlling fell on the shoulders of Dr. Jernail Singh Anand a poet laureate of global eminence from Punjab and Chairman Aazaad Foundation. He was assisted by Secretary, Dr. Parneet Jaggi, and Anchors Dr. Sushmindarjeet Kaur, Dr. Tejwaswini Patil Dange, Dr. Shobha Sharma, Prof. Seema Jain, Dr. Sumedha Bhandari, Dr. K. Sandhya Rao, Prof. Mandakini Bhattacerya, Meenakshi Goswami, Raj Babu Gandham, and Tariq Muhammad all representing a different state of India and conducting from these remote corners through zoom. The organizational support was provided by Dr. Mukesh Grover, Dr. Kiran Preet, Dr.Manminder Singh Anand, and Prof. Randhir Gautam. Dr. Manminder S. Anand, Secretary, Aazaad Foundation, welcomed the guests, while the Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Parneet Jaggi

To accommodate 130 poets and numerous vivid activities in between, the conference was a marathon affair from 5 June to 13 June and conducted in 5 long days each day having three to four sessions. The start was on 5th June 2021 with Dr. Naji Naaman from Lebanon as the Chief Guest and Dr. Maja Herman Sekulic, World Icon of Literature [Serbia-US] as the Guest of Honour, and 15 participating poets from across the world. It had also a session for honoring the literary personages from across the globe with Aazaad International Awards in different fields: Dr. Naji Naaman [Literature], Dr. Satish K Kapoor, [Philosophy and Spirituaity], Dr. Dalvinder Singh Grewal [Research and Creativity], Dr. Usha Sridhar and Dr. Mirzana Pasic Koderic [Fiction], Dr. Manpreet J Singh [Non-fcitoin], Dr. Mutiu Olawyui [Literature-in-Journalism] and Dr. Parneet Jaggi & Dr. Vikram Singht Deol [Historical Fiction].

The second day, 6th June started with a panel discussion on “Sociality in the Times of the Pandemic” followed by a poetry session. The panelists included Dr. Swaraj Raj, Dr. Lalit Mohan Sharma, Dr. Laksmisree Banerjee, and Prof. Randhir Gautam. Mr. Gopal Lahiri, the eminent poet, and reviewer from Kolkata was the Guest of Honour and Ibrahim Honjo and Ashok K. Bhargava both from Vancouver, Canada participated as distinguished guests.


The third day, 10th June began with the Book release ceremony, in which over 15 books of English poetry and literature and also translations into German, Macedonian and Albanian of different authors were released. The major highlight of this ceremony was Classic World Poetry a book of poetry done jointly by Dr. Maja Herman Sekulic and Dr. Jernail S. Anand, and the Call of the Citadel, by Dr. Parneet Jaggi and Dr. Vikram Singh Deol. It was followed by three poetry sessions with enthusiastic participation of over 45 poets.

The fourth day, 12th June started with the Panel Discussion on “Literary Creation as the Fall out of Social Reality. How much does it affect the Contemporary Reality.” The panelists included Arindam Roy, CEO, Different Truths, Dr. Bina Singh, Dr. Deepa Chandran Ram [Australia], and Prof. Mandakini Bhattacharya. The Chief Guest of the day was Amb. Ljubomir Mihajlovski from Macedonia. It was followed by 2 poetry sessions with over 30 poets who participated with great enthusiasm.

The fifth day, 13th June opened dramatically with a round of discussions in the panel on the theme- “Effect on Personal Relationships and Children Psychology under the Pandemic”. The panelists included Dr. Basudeb Chakraborti, Dr. Kalpana Purohit, Prof. Surinder Lal, and Dr. Jay Basu. The poetry session saw a wonderful presentation by over 25 poets. The chief guest of the day was Dr. Satish K. Kapoor and Rajiv Ranjan Roy, Dr.K.K.Rattu, Prof. Brahm Jagdish Singh, and many other luminaries from all over the world.

It was a great endeavor that ran through difficult times due to troubles of storms and lashing rains disrupting the sessions but the sessions went on till complete though sometimes as late as 10 PM. The global culture was presented in such glamorous, gleaming, glistening depictions that it took you to foreign lands one after the other in a flying pose. The streaming ideas were vivid like the rivulets and rivers thundering through mountains or flowing calmly through plains and becoming at peace in the ocean. The solemnity of the entire event was the grand praise for the organizers in which Dr. Anand stood the tallest.
 

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