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Meetings and Other Gatherings / TRIVENI: World Haiku Utsav 2019
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:48:08 PM »
I'm organising my 6th haiku conference in Pune!

                                                                                        IN HAIKU
                                                                                      in collaboration
                                                                      THE DEPARTMENT of ENGLISH
                                                                   SAVITRIBAI PHULE PUNE UNIVERSITY
                                                                                    INVITES YOU

                                                                             World Haiku Utsav 2019
                                                                                 1-3 February

Triveni, in the Hindu tradition, means the confluence of the three major rivers: Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati . . . here it signifies India, Japan, and the world coming together to revel in haiku and allied genres.

Triveni represents INhaiku - a group formed on 23rd February at the Haiku Utsav in 2013, to promote, enjoy, and sink deeper into the beauty and intricacies of haiku and allied genres of Japanese poetry.

INhaiku welcomes you!
          It's about celebration!
            It's all about coming together!

Utsav conceptualised & organised by Kala Ramesh

We have some exciting sessions like:
*Inauguration of the Forest Bathing Path

*DANCEchadrades - where an actor would image a haiku!

*Live Kukai as conducted in Japan!

*Simultaneous Individual Workshops in haiku, tanka and haibun by 8 mentors!

*Trying out something as wild as:

3 days of fun and togetherness!


Field Notes / Re: Field Notes 5: Criticism
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:37:25 PM »
It was lovely to read this thread.
I would like to add my two paise of thought as seen from an Indian angle - which is what I'm most familiar with.

I connect up to ‘criticism’ through Indian music, for I have been a student of Indian classical since I was six years old. And I’ve heard my mother tell my sisters [who were Bharatanatyam dancers] that they need to stand before the mirror and practice their abhinaya – facial expression along with the whole body moving— thereby promoting that critical awareness about one’s own work. I feel this is the most important tool when stepping into any art form.

The first time I came across 'a book criticism’ was when I read the massive introduction written by  Vamanrao Deshpande, an eminent musicologist of his generation for the noted classical singer, Pandit Kumar Gandharva’s book, “Anoop Raga Vilas”(1965), and the ‘criticism’ on this introduction written by noted Marathi writer and educationalist Sharadchandra Chirmulay.

What is criticism? I think, it’s all about bringing a thought into focus, so that readers are brought to notice things which they could have missed otherwise.

Please note: The Sanskrit term for aesthetic emotion is Rasa
A rasika is one who can enjoy the rasa [aesthetic emotion] brought about in any created work. There are treatises that deal with the rasa theory and how this interaction between the artist [one who brings out the rasa] and the listener [a rasika who enjoys the rasa] happens. I think this is the seed for the growth of ‘critical appreciation’

But here I would like to talk about individual criticism or the art of ‘Critical appreciation’ as I would like to call it. I do teach haiku, which is a 60 hour course, to under-graduate students at the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune and one of their assignments is *critical appreciation* [as seen from my Indian roots], where they are encouraged to take any haiku poem they like, ranging from the Japanese Masters to the contemporary haiku poets and write a critical appreciation note on it. They came up with astounding and in-depth analysis.

After this and many such discussions on haiku I tell them to write their haiku. Quoting my favourite quote of the month, make it quote of the year: “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.” – Ernest Hemingway.

Here's mine:

do darting birds
tickle it?
World Haiku Review, May 2008

Journal Announcements / Re: Haijinx open for submissions
« on: March 03, 2011, 03:32:48 PM »
Alan & Mark,

I missed the submission date for this issue:(

All the very best,

Journal Announcements / Last call: mango moons
« on: March 03, 2011, 03:29:23 PM »
mango moons
Muse India, an online literary journal, is seeking submissions in contemporary haiku, tanka and haibun from around the world.

mango moons - would go online on 1st May 2011
Original, unpublished haiku, tanka and haibun, not under consideration elsewhere, are welcome from all writers.

Please send submissions of 5-10 haiku poems
and / or
5 -10 tanka poems,
and / or 2 to 3 haibun for our perusal.

Do send your work, duly edited.
India is awakening to the world of haiku, tanka and haibun and we would love to showcase your best work in this special edition.

Please note:
Submissions are only open from 1st February to 15th March 2011
Email submissions are encouraged.
Type "Muse India" in the subject line, and do include a short 50 word bio & a jpg photo of yours (optional), in your submission mail.

Please type your haiku, tanka and haibun in the body of the message, formatted as plain text. Attachments will not be opened. Email submissions should be sent to kalaramesh8 [at] gmail [dot] com (please replace [at] and [dot] with proper symbols before sending
Muse India retains first rights, meaning that if your work is subsequently published elsewhere, Muse India must be cited as the original place of publicationOnce your work has been accepted, we reserve the right to publish the chosen poems, in the online issue and in the print journal of Muse India. Keenly looking forward to reading your lovely work, and please do pass the word around :)
Kala Ramesh
Editor of mango moons, Muse India

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