Indian poetry in English

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Indian English Poetry is the oldest form of Indian English Literature. Indian poets writing in English have succeeded to nativize or indianize English in order to reveal typical Indian situations.[1] Henry Louis Vivian Derozio is considered the first poet in the lineage of Indian English poetry followed by Sri Aurobindo, Sarojini Naidu, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Toru Dutt among others.

History[edit]

Indian poetry in English has a longer and more distinguished tradition than Indian fiction in English.

—Pankaj Mishra ″Times Literary Supplement″. International Books of the Year, 3 December 2004:10

Nissim Ezekiel is considered to be a pioneering figure in modern Indian English Poetry.His first book, A Time to Change, was published in 1952. The significant poets of the post-Derozio and pre-Ezekiel times are Toru Dutt, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Sarojini Naidu, Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore. Some of the notable poets of Ezekiel's time are A. K. Ramanujan, R. Parthasarathy, Gieve Patel, Jayant Mahapatra, Dom Moraes, Kamala Das, Keki N. Daruwalla, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Shiv K. Kumar, Arun Kolatkar and Dilip Chitre. Rabindranath Tagore wrote primarily in Bengali and created a small body of work (mainly prose) in English and was responsible for the translations of his own work into English.

If Indian poets in English are less well known abroad than the novelists it is probably because their concerns are personal, local and yet universal; they do not write, at least not directly about the nationalist and postcolonial political and cultural themes that the West patronizingly expects, even demands, from the formerly colonized.

—Bruce Alvin King ″Modern Indian Poetry in English″. New Delhi. Oxford University press, 2004

Poets[edit]

Other notable 20th Century poets of English poetry in India include Eunice De Souza, Gieve Patel, Kersy Katrak, P. Lal among others.The younger generation of poets writing in English are Abhay K, Adil Jussawala, A. J. Thomas, Anand Thakore, Anju Makhija, Anjum Hasan, Hoshang Merchant,Anupama Raju, Ananya S Guha, Madan Gopal Gandhi, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Bibhu Padhi, C. P. Surendran, Desmond L.Kharmawplang, Dileep Jhaveri, E.V. Ramakrishnan, G J V Prasad, Gayatri Majumdar, Anuradha Bhattacharyya, Gopi Kottoor, Jeet Thayil, Jerry Pinto, K Srilata, Bibhu Padhi,Jaydeep Sarangi,Kumar Vikram, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, Makarand Paranjape, Mandira Ghosh, Akhil Katyal, Mani Rao, Meena Kandasamy, Menka Shivdasani, Manohar Shetty, Mustansir Dalvi, Nandini Sahu, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Rachana Joshi, Ranjit Hoskote, Rita Malhotra, Robin Ngangom, Nitoo Das , Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Sridala Swami, Sumana Roy, Sudeep Sen, Sukrita Paul Kumar, Nalini Priyadarshni, Preeth Nambiar, Tapan Kumar Pradhan, Vijay Nambisan, Joshy K J and Vihang A. Naik among others.

Modern expatriate Indian poets writing in English include Meena Alexander, Ravi Shankar, Sidhartha Bose, Shanta Acharya, Sujata Bhatt, Tabish Khair, Vikram Seth, Vijay Seshadri and Yuyutsu Sharma among others.

Anthologies[edit]

Notable anthologies of Indian English Poetry include Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets ed. by R. Parthasarathy, Three Indian Poets: Nissim Ezekiel, A K Ramanujan, Dom Moraes ed. by Bruce Alvin King, The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets ed. by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets ed. by Ranjit Hoskote, 60 Indian poets ed. by Jeet Thayil, Harper Collins Anthology of English Poetry ed. by Sudeep Sen, Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry edited by Menka Shivdasani[2][3] published by Michael Rothenberg in 2004 ; Ten: The New Indian Poets. Edited and Selected by Jayanta Mahapatra & Yuyutsu Sharma. New Delhi/Jaipur: Nirala Publications,[4] The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India ed. by Vivekanand Jha widely representative of Indian English poets among others. The latest among these is an Anthology of Contemporary Indian English Poetry edited by Abhay K. (2016)[5] featuring established as well as new voices in Indian Poetry in English.

Awards and Laurels[edit]

  • Sahitya Akademi Award- Notable winners of this award among Indian poets writing in English are Jayanta Mahapatra, Keki N. Daruwalla, Jeet Thayil, Adil Jussawala among others.[6]
  • SAARC Literary Award- Notable winner of this award among Indian poets writing in English are Jayanta Mahapatra and Abhay K.[7][8]
  • Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize- It was started in 2015 and the first winner of this Prize was Arundhathi Subramaniam
  • Muse India-Satish Verma Young Writers Award
  • Srinivas Rayparol Poetry Prize-The Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was instituted by the Hyderabad-based Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust in 2000. The winners include Gorick Brahmachari(2016), Aishwarya Aiyer(2015), Ranjani Maurali(2014), Mihir Vatsa(2013), Tushar Jain (2012), Aditi Rao (2011), Hemant Mohapatra(2010), Aditi Machado(2009)
  • Great Indian Poetry Collective Emerging Poets Prize & Editor Choice Award
  • RL Poetry Award- The RL Poetry Award was instituted by RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts in 2013. The winners include Lauren Camp (International)[9] & Tushar Jain (National- India) in 2014, Rohan Chhetri[10] & Sohini Basak (National- India) in 2013.

Journals[edit]

  • Indian Literature - published by Sahitya Akademi
  • The Journal of Poetry Society of India-published by The Poetry Society (India)
  • Muse India
  • The Indian Quarterly
  • Kritya
  • Kavya Bharati
  • The Brown Critique
  • The Poetry Mail
  • The Little Magazine

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Study of Indian English Poetry International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 2, Issue 10, ISSN 2250-3153, October 2012
  2. ^ "Contemporary Indian Poetry , "Like an Abhang, Unfinished"". BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry Edited by Menka Shivdasani". Michael Rothenberg. BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Yuyutsu Sharma, "Ten: The New Indian poets: Edited and Selected by Jayanta Mahapatra & Yuyutsu Sharma" (review), 27 October 2012.
  5. ^ Contemporary Indian English Poetry Enchanting Verses Literary Review, November 2015
  6. ^ Trying to Say Goodbye author Adil Jussawalla wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2014 Hindustan Times, 19 December 2014
  7. ^ "Poet Abhay K wins SAARC Literature Award", Hindustan Times, 14 March 2013
  8. ^ "Five writers honoured at the SAARC Literature Festival", PTI, 11 March 2013
  9. ^ http://roswell-nm.gov/341/Faculty
  10. ^ http://expoundmagazine.com/afghan-refugee-rohan-chhetri/

Books:

  1. Chinhade,Sirish.″Five Indian English Poets″. New Delhi. Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, 1996
  2. Das, Sisir Kumar .″A History of Indian Literature″(3 volumes). New Delhi. Sahitya Akademi, 2000.
  3. Iyengar,KRS. ″Indian Writing in English″. New Delhi. Sterling Publishers Private Limited, 2002.
  4. King, Bruce. ″Modern Indian Poetry in English″. New Delhi. Oxford University press, 2004.
  5. Mitra, Zinia.″Indian Poetry in English :Critical Essays″. New Delhi, Prentice Hall, 2016
  6. Sarangi, Jaydeep. "Exploration in Indian English Poetry". New Delhi, Authorspress, 2007
  7. Naik M.K.″A History of Indian English Literature″. New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi, 2004

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