There is no denying that the world stands in awe of Lucknow’s connection with art and literature. The place has given birth to masters in the field of music, dance, theatre, poetry, etc. In the recent times, there has been a rise in the youth’s involvement to heavily promote art and literature in the city. Sahitya Adda is one such initiative which aims to promote the art of poetry and prose in the form of readings, recitations and songs.
Who Cracked The Idea?
The mind behind Sahitya Adda is a city based Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Geetanjali Joshi Mishra, who during her stay in Portland, U.S.A was fascinated by the culture of poetry and prose readings. She wanted to recreate a similar atmosphere for the youth of Lucknow, wherein they could express their passion for literature and let their creativity flow amongst like minded audience.
The Journey So Far. . .
What started a year ago with a mission to give city’s youth an ambience to bring out their literature bugs, has now managed to secure a space in the heart of city’s well known writers and authors. The young poets and writers of the community would often assemble on rainy monsoon mornings to recite poetry of the Ramayana and Shakespeare at the same time, discuss Walt Whitman and Harivansh Rai Bacchan, and present their original pieces for critical scrutiny.
In January 2007, Sahitya Adda came up with its first Story Telling and Poetry Recitation event, Ek Kahani Aisi Bhi, wherein some of the famous city based writers in the three major languages, Hindi, Urdu and English and the first time contributors shared both a common love for literature and a platform to perform.
After the success of Ek Kahani Aisi Bhi, Sahitya Adda’s second event, Let’s Beat It was a bigger hit. Scholars from India, Bangladesh and France shared the same platform with city’s youth to discuss and talk about the true nature of a “hippie”.
Many literature students presented their pieces to be critically analyzed by city’s well know professors and writers including Mr. Chandra Shekhar Verma, author of Corners of a Straight Line and Dr. Ravi Mishra, author of Destination Nowhere.
What’s In Store This Month?
Sahitya Adda is all set with its third monthly literary event, Thoda Romani Ho Jaye on the theme of Romanticism on the 8th of April.
Recitations in all the three languages, Hindi, English and Urdu will be performed. Young writers and poets are invited to pour their hearts out and speak their soul’s desires. While a talk on the misconceptions of romanticism will be delivered, the event will also feature Pallavi Kodan, author of Million Memories for the first time. From the timeless love saga of Romeo and Juliet, to the impersonal love of Radha, Krishna and the music of the Sufies, the evening has all the magic set for you.
Mfreek recommends all those smitten by literature to get a little Romani on 8th of April at House of Commons and experience The Joy of literature with Sahitya Adda.