If you look at the history of Bhopal, the capital city of Hindustan Ka Dil has always had a rich heritage of literature and culture even till the most recent times. In recent times, creative youth groups have taken up the creative scene around the city and one can see more involvement from general public as well. Adding to the efforts, is The Great Indian Film & Literature Festival which now entering its 4th edition and this time it would be conducted at Bhopal from 04-06 August 2017 (2nd Bhopal Chapter) at Hotel Lake View.
30 poets from city of Bhopal and around, boarded MP Tourism’s cruise “Lake Princess” at Bhopal Upper Lake, to enter a very unique journey of poetry – ‘Poetry on Cruise’, organized by Great Indian Film and Literature Festival (GIFLIF), powered by AISECT University, in association with Dainik Bhaskar, Dilip Buildcon, LIC and MP Tourism. This event brought together best of poetic talent in bid to promote culture of poetry in the city.
A total of 400 registrations were received out of which top 30 selected poets performed at this event. The gathering was judged by Seema Raizada, founder of Club Literati, and moderated and co-judged by Saumya Kulshreshtha, Founder, Poets’ Collective. Set against the scenic backdrop of Upper Lake, the event witnessed poets of all ages present their compositions. Some travelled from places like Indore and Shivpuri, especially to take part and recite their poems. Many genres of poetry, in Urdu, Hindi and
English found expression on the cruise. While some recited Ghazals on the theme of ‘ishq’, yet others presented social concerns through their verses. Many other poems dealt with the theme of gender, identity and relationships.
Commenting on the occasion, Karan Kukreja, founder of GIFLIF, said, “Bhopal has a great potential for poetry, but the response we received overwhelmed us. Poetry is a key part of culture and literature and our attempt is to showcase the best of such talent and give the poets a stage where they can get to the next level.”
Saumya, who travelled all the way from Delhi for the event, said, “The poems we got to hear were amazing! The city of Bhopal has surprised me with their passion for poetry. I hope we’re able to sustain this momentum and continue giving platform to upcoming poets.”
Seema Raizada, judging the competition, complemented the poets saying, “The kind of talent I saw here today was amazing. The
organizers have done a great job of bringing such an initiative to Bhopal.”
Top 7-8 poets selected from this event will perform at the finale, which will take place on 6 th August, 2017 at GIFLIF Bhopal Chapter 2017 main stage. Results would be declared via GIFLIF Facebook page by 25 th July. Poets adjudged as winners at the finale will receive certificates and cash prizes.
Visit www.giflif.com to register for passes.