Indian poetry in English

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Henry Louis Vivian Derozio is considered the first poet in the lineage of Indian English poetry. A significant and torch-bearer poet is Nissim Ezekiel and the significant poets of the post-Derozio and pre-Ezekiel times are Toru Dutt, Sarojini Naidu, Rabindranath Tagore and Sri Aurobindo. Some of the poets of Ezekiel's time are A. K. Ramanujan, Dom Moraes, R. Parthasarathy, Jayant Mahapatra, Kamala Das, Dr. Krishna Srinivas, Keki N. Daruwala, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Arun Kolatkar, Dilip Chitre, Vikram Seth, Yuyutsu Sharma, etc.

There are good as well as globally respected current poets like O. P. Bhatnagar, I. K. Sharma, Maha Nand Sharma, Krishna Srinivas, Mani Rao, P. C. K. Prem, Srinivas Rangaswami, Dwarakanath H. Kabadi, D. C. Chambial, P. Raja,Nandini Sahu,Sunil Sharma,Jaydeep Sarangi,Aju Mukhopadhyay,Sanjukta Dasgupta and scores of others. These poets write with an awareness of their milieu and environment rather than British or American rhetoric or intellectual attitudes like alienation or exile. They share the central core of contemporary realities of Indian life.“Jaydeep Sarangi's poems offer a ray of hope to those oppressed by the harshness of life's reality. They have an enigmatic and at times ethereal quality drifting into the mystical.”, says Tamaso Lonsdale, writer, poet, and editor, BTR, Nimbin(NSW), Australia.“Jaydeep Sarangi gives a fresh paint to everyday living. ‘Small rivers’ near tribal villages are his haunts. His language can be unorthodox, where a rock can turn into a ‘reckless flow”, but his poems are a rewarding read, with the scent of herbs coming through the pages.”, says Keki Daruwalla.


Recent Indian English poetry adds to what O. P. Bhatnagar terms as a process of collective discovery, affirming its richness, sensitivity and cultural complexity. If we examine the potential of the poetry-making mind in English, applying whatever literary criteria, we should now discover aspects of the essentially assimilative genius of the Indian people, and a celebration of the vast chorus of voices that make Indian literature sing.

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