The Poetry with Prakriti monthly series launched of the book titled ‘beyond the horizon beyond’ haiku & haibun, written by Kala Ramesh, a poet and author.
Date | January 5th, 7 p.m
Entry Free | For enquiries please call +91 9841434125
Venue | Amdavadi, T.Nagar
About the Event
The programme will begin with a 45-minute recital by Kala Ramesh and Preethi Ramaprasad (Bharatanatyam dancer) with haiku, haibun and abhinaya. This will be followed by the book launch by Deborah Thiagarajan (Chairman and Founder, Madras Craft Foundation and DakshinaChitra), who will talk about the marrying of two ancient cultures, Japan and India in haiku.
About the book
‘beyond the horizon beyond’, Kala Ramesh’s first book of haiku and haibun, contains eleven years of her work. This book is all about the 283 haiku in five elements known as the Panchabhuta, and 41 haibun (haiku embedded prose).
About Kala Ramesh
A poet and editor, Kala Ramesh writes and teaches haiku, tanka, haibun and renku to children, undergrads and senior citizens. An external faculty member of the Symbiosis International University Pune since 2012, she teaches Japanese short forms of poetry to undergrads — a first in the country. Passionate about taking haiku to everyday spaces, Kala initiated the ‘HaikuWALL India’ project, which has graffiti artists paint haiku on city walls. Starting in 2006, she has organised five haiku festivals in India so far. In collaboration with artists, musicians, and dancers, Kala has given several readings in public places. Her recent one was on 24 June at India Habitat Centre Delhi. She created the ‘Rasika’ form, an eight-verse renku (collaborative linked verses) fashioned after Matsuo Basho’s non-thematic style. Kala’s publications include: Haiku and My Haiku Moments: an Activity Book for Young Haiku Lovers, published by Katha 2010; FIRST Katha eBook of Haiku, Haibun, Senryu and Tanka published by Katha.
About Preethi Ramaprasad
Preethi Ramaprasad is a multifaceted dancer from the United States, who has been under the tutelage of Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy (Shree Bharatalaya, Chennai) for over two decades. Preethi has toured in India, Europe, and the U.S. both as a soloist
and in group shows. Some of her accolades include “All- Rounder Yuva Kala Bharathi” from Bharat Kalachar, “Guru Samyuktha Panigrahi Award” from Krishna Gana Sabha, “Best Performer” from Parathasarathy Swamy Sabha, Trinity Festival Award, and the YoungArts Scholarship from the NFAA, to name a few. In 2006, Preethi was a featured dancer in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Rehearsing a Dream”. She is passionate about teaching and has been a part of workshops and lecture-demonstrations on the universality of Bharatanatyam at venues like the Juilliard School of the Arts, Columbia University, Eastern University, and the Chennai American International School. A keen researcher, Preethi also studies the intersection of Carnatic music, Bharatanatyam, and political agency in India.
About Poetry with Prakriti
‘Poetry with Prakriti’ began in 2007, as a ten-day annual festival. The aim was to get poets from varied backgrounds to read and share their poetry in various languages at different locations across the city. What makes the Poetry with Prakriti unique, is that readings are held in diverse places bringing poetry closer to the public. Some of the poets who have been featured in the past include Alvin Pang, Geralyn Pinto, Bishnu Mohapatra etc. Since August 2017, Poetry with Prakriti has become a monthly series with various poetry events and performances being conducted in different venues every month.
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The Hindu Metro Plus, 9 January 2018 – Haiku, Where Silence Speak Louder than Words
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