Festival of Indian Poetry to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires (Argentina) :Embassy of India in Argentina is organising an Indian poetry Festival in association with the prestigious Inter American University (UIA) in Buenos Aires on 11 June along the Buenos Aires Poetry Festival (7-11 June).

In the festival Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K will read his new poems written during his stay and travels in Latin America along with legendary poet-dancer of Argentina, Myrta Barvie and poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma. Abhay K has also been invited to deliver a talk on 3000 years of Indian poetry´´ at the Argentinian Council of International Relations (CARI) on 10th June on the sidelines of the festival.

Abhay K´s poems on Jorge Luis Borges, the famous Argentinian writer, Cesar Vallejo, one of the greatest poets of Peru ,Ghalib, and Dara Shikoh have been translated into Spanish by Professor Alicia Silvestre Miralles from Spain. Last month the Indian poet-diplomat was invited by the Peruvian House of Literature in Lima to read his poems and have a literary dialogue with the Peruvian poet Oscar Limache.

Myrta Barvie is known as an Argentinian icon of Indian dance. She was trained in Bharatnatyam at Kalakshetra under Rukmini Devi and did her Arangetram there. Later she learnt Odissi from Guru Keluchara Mohapatra and got a Nritya Visharad degree from Kala Vikash Kendra in Orissa. She went on to learn Kuchipudi at the Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai, from Master Vempati Chinnasatyam.

Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s connections with poet Victoria Ocampo of Argentina is well known. Tagore had stayed at a villa in the suburb of Buenos Aires in Argentina for two months in November and December of 1924 on the request of Argentinian writer Victoria Ocampo. Later she organized an exhibition of Tagore´s paintings in Paris in 1930. Jorge Luis Borges had read Mahabharata in German and was fascinated by Yaksha-Yudhisthara dialogue and borrowed Indian philosophy of non-dualism (Advaita) heavily in his short-stories.

The Indian poetry festival and talk on 3000 years of Indian poetry are all set to strengthen India- Argentina literary and cultural ties. (ANI)