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9 Mar
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Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC), the largest English writers and editors’ forum registered in the country, organized a two day national level English Poetry Festival and General Body meeting of the guild on 17th and 18th September 2011 at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala. The festival was inaugurated at 10 am on 17th by the greatest living legend of Kerala, Justice Shri. V. R. Krishna Iyer (Former Justice of the Supreme Court of India, who is a philosopher and writer at 97, who has more than 70 books to his credit. He is also a winner of Padma Vibhushan and several honorary doctorates from various universities.) GIEWEC honoured him with its highest award of LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the venue. In his inaugural speech Krishna Iyer, appreciated the efforts of GIEWEC to promote English poetry and stressed the importance of human and genuine values in poetry and other writings.

In the welcome speech, Dr. K. V. Dominic, Secretary of GIEWEC, (English poet, critic, short story writer who has authored 13 books, and serving as the editor of three international refereed journals—International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML), Writers Editors Critics (WEC), New Fiction Journal (NFJ)) spoke about the relevance of the guild and the necessity of promoting Indian English and Indian English Literature in our country.  Since English is the only global and link language, we can share our ideas, values, ethos, traditions, histories, legends, myths, ways of life, flora and fauna, multiculturalism etc. to other peoples and countries only through this language and literature. We have to love our mother tongues but we should also love English as deeply we love our mother tongues. English should be taught to our pupils through our mother tongues. It should never be treated as a foreign language but as our own global family’s language.

Prof. Rajkamal Shiromani, President of GIEWEC (Renowned English linguist, poet and critic and Chairman of International Congress for Language, Literature and Culture and Chief Editor of IJELL, editor of WEC and NFJ) stressed at the relevance of the guild and how it has been serving literary community. He exhorted to the universities to include more and more writings of the contemporary living writers in the syllabi of under graduate and post graduate courses.

In the parallel sessions of paper presentations that followed on 17th and 18th there were 30 papers on contemporary Indian English poets presented by famous critics and poets coming from various parts of the country. The titles of the papers are given below:


Day 1

Session 1

Date: 17.09.2011                                                        Time: 11.30 am – 01.30 pm

Hall: Main Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi


S.No Title of the Paper Presenter
1 Identity, Representation and Land: Rise of Orissa-English Poets Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi
2 Enigmas  of Life’  in  P C K Prem’s “Enigmas of an Identity.” Prof. Laxmi Prasad
3 Love Divine, Love Sublime: New Vistas of Love in Shiromani’s You and my Haiku Dr. Yashodhra Prasad
4 Nature, Nocuous Neglect, Corrigenda and Concern:  K. V. Dominic’s poems animadverting the apathy and animosity of mankind Ms. Kavitha Gopalakrishnan
5 Moments and Moments: A Critical Study of N. S. Dharan’s poems Dr. S. Ambika
6 Portrayal of Women: A Study of Nissim Ezekiel’s Selected Poems Ms. S. Nagammal
7 Melange of Indian and American Cultural Landscape in Vikram Seth’s Poetry Dr. Y. Vidya

 Date: 17.09.2011                                                        Time: 11.30 am – 01.30 pm

Hall: Mini Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. K. V. Raghupathi


S.No. Title of the Paper Presenter
1 Rural Scenes and Characters in T. V. Reddy’s Poetry Dr. K. V. Raghupathi
2 The Indianness in the Poems of Sujata Bhatt Ms. P Indu
3 The Subaltern Voice: Meena Kandasamy’s Touch as an Articulation of the Marginalized and Silenced Voice of the Dalits Dr. Joji John Panicker
4 Debunking Anthropocentrism: An Ecocritical Reading of Gieve Patel’s Poetry with Special Reference to “On Killing a Tree” Ms. Sheethal S. Nair
5 Strains of Disappointment in Dom Moraes’ Select Poems Ms. B. Babitha
6 Eco-critical Reading of K. V. Raghupathi’s ‘Samarpana’


Mr. R. Venkata Ramana 
7 A Panoramic study of peace in Pronab Kumar Majumder’s “Passage to Peace” Prof. P. V. Laxmi Prasad

Date: 18.09.2011                                            Time: 09.00 am – 11.00 am

Hall: Main Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. S. Kumaran


S. No. Title of the Paper Presenter
1. Humanism in K. V. Dominic’s Winged Reason Dr. S. Kumaran
2. Philosophy of Life in Dr. K. V. Raghupathi’s “Desert Blooms” Prof. P. V. Laxmi Prasad
3. Social Criticism in Asha Vishwas’s Poetry  Dr. K. V. Raghupathi
4. Patriotic Elements in Hazara Singh’s Destination Ms. Anne Dominic 
5. Realism in A. K. Ramanujan’s Poetry Dr. K. K. Sunalini
6. Spiritual Ideologies in Sri Aurobindo’s Shorter Poems Dr. K. Mangayarkarasi
7. Love and Friendship in Shekhar Manickam’s Poems in On the Wings of Love Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ


Day 2

Session 2

Date: 18.09.2011                                                        Time: 09.00 am – 11.00 am

Hall: Mini Auditorium

Topic: Contemporary Indian English Poetry:  Dimensions & Directions”

Chair Person: Dr. Latha Nair R.


S. No. Title of the Paper Presenter
1 Kamala Das as The Female Prometheus: Voleuses de langue (one of the   thieves   of language) Dr. Latha Nair R.
2 Crisis of Values: A Critical Study of Manas Bakshi’s‘Man of the Seventh Hour’ Dr. K. V. Raghupathi
3 Search for Astral Freedom and Self-realization: An Ecotheological study of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Poetry Mr. Sibasis Jana 
4 Dialetics of Reality & Metaphysics: A Symptomatic Study of the Structure of Consciousness in Chambial’s Poetry Dr. Asit Kumar Das 
5 The Realistic and Philosophical Portrayal of Life in ‘You and My Haiku’: A Study of Prof. Raj Kamal Shiromani’s ‘You and My Haiku’ Mr. T. Venkata Ramana
6 Divinity in Nature is the Soul: Poems of  Aju Mukhopadhyay                                                                                                                Ms. Bhavana Shrivstava



A few titles are missing in the table.

Twenty reputed Indian English poets, having several collections of poems read their poems in two sessions on 17th and 18th. Their names are given below:

Sl. No. Poets
1 T. V. Reddy
2 Aju Mukhopadhyay
3 D. C. Chambial
4 Ahsa Viswas
5 Manas Bakshi
6 P C K Prem
7 K. V. Raghupathy
8 Rajkamal Shiromani
9 K. V. Dominic
10 Chandra Mouli
11 Jayanti M Dalal
12 P. V. Laxmi Prasad
13 Jaydeep Sarangi
14 Valsa George
15 Nirmala Nallathamby
16 M. Meena Devi
17 Annie George
18 Yeshodra Prasad
19 Dr. Sr. Vinita CSST
20 Regha Venugopal


There was a poetry writing competition for M. A. English students of Kerala at 2 p.m. on 17th. There were many contesters, and citations and cash awards were given to the students who came out first, second and third. The winners are: Ms. Arya Ashok—Frist, Ms. Anju M.—Second (both belong to C.M.S. College, Kottayam, Kerala) and Jose Davis—Third (belongs to Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Kerala).

The valedictory function was conducted at 3.30 pm on 18th. Dr. Rajan Varughese, great scholar and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala was the Chief Guest.  In his valedictory speech the Pro Vice-Chancellor said that he would see that the English literature of contemporary writers and poets are included in the University syllabus. Fifteen new books and five research journals of the GIEWEC members were released at the function.

All the participants were given certificates and gifts of wall hangings (Madhubani paintings on silk). A souvenir consisting of abstracts of paper presentations and select poems of all the participating poets was released at the festival and its copies were distributed to all participants. There were 50 reputed Indian English poets and critics in addition to another 50 delegates who attended the festival. A festival of this sort on Indian English poetry was unique in Kerala, and perhaps so in the entire country.



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