Indian poetry in English
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. 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.
—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.
—Bruce Alvin King Modern Indian Poetry in English. New Delhi. Oxford University press, 2004
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 Jussawalla, A. J. Thomas, Anand Thakore, Anju Makhija, Anjum Hasan, Arundathi Subramaniam, Hoshang Merchant,Anupama Raju, Madan Gopal Gandhi, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Bibhu Padhi, C. P. Surendran, Desmond L.Kharmawplang, Dileep Jhaveri, E.V. Ramakrishnan, Anuradha Bhattacharyya, Gopi Kottoor, Jayanta Mahapatra, Jeet Thayil, Jerry Pinto, K Srilata, K. V. Dominic, D. C. Chambial, T. Vasudeva Reddy, Bibhu Padhi, Kumar Vikram, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, Makarand Paranjape, Akhil Katyal, Linda Ashok, Mani Rao, Meena Kandasamy, Menka Shivdasani, Fengkha Deep Daimari, Lalthanmawia, Manohar Shetty, Mustansir Dalvi, Nandini Sahu, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Rachana Joshi, Ranjit Hoskote, Rita Malhotra, Nar Deo Sharma Robin Ngangom, Nitoo Das, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Sridala Swami, Sumana Roy, Sudeep Sen, Sukrita Paul Kumar, Nalini Priyadarshni, Gopi Kottoor, Vijay Nambisan, Vihang A. Naik, Tapan Kumar Pradhan, Yuyutsu Sharma and Joshy K J 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.
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 published by Michael Rothenberg in 2004 ; Ten: The New Indian Poets. Edited and Selected by Jayanta Mahapatra & Yuyutsu Sharma. New Delhi/Jaipur: Nirala Publications, The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India edited by Vivekanand Jha widely representative of Indian English poets among others.
See List of Indian English poetry anthologies for a more comprehensive list.
Awards and laurels
- Sahitya Akademi Award – New Delhi, India
- Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writers Award, Hyderabad, India.
- SAARC Literary Award – New Delhi, India
- Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize – It was started in 2015.
- Srinivas Rayparol Poetry Prize – The Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was instituted by Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust in 2000. Hyderabad, India.
- RL Poetry Award – The award was instituted by Linda Ashok in 2013. Hyderabad, India.
- Indian Literature – published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, India
- The Indian P.E.N. edited by Nissim Ezekiel, Mumbai, India
- Poiesis : A Journal of Poetry Circle, Bombay Mumbai, India
- The Journal of Poetry Society of India published by The Poetry Society (India), New Delhi, India
- The Journal of Indian Writing In English edited by G. S. Balarama Gupta. Gulbarga, India
- Kavya Bharati published by SCILET: The Study Centre for Indian Literature in English and Translation, edited by R.P. Nair Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Muse India Founder and managing editor G Surya Prakash Rao, Hyderabad, India
- Coldnoon: Travel Poetics edited by Arup K Chatterjee, New Delhi, India
- The Journal of Literature and Aesthetics edited by S. Sreenivasan, Kollam, Kerala, India
- The Brown Critique edited Gayatri Majumdar. Kolkata, India
- Poetry Chain edited by Gopi Kottoor, Kerala, India
- VerbalART edited by Vivekanand Jha, New Delhi, India
- Northeast Review edited by Uddipana Goswami, Guwahati, Assam, India
- The Bombay Review edited by Kaartikeya Bajpa, Mumbai, India
- Art and Poetry Today edited by Krishan Khullar, Samkaleen Prakashan, New Delhi, India
- POET : Journal of World Poetry Society,Intercontinental edited by Krishna Srinivas Chennai, India
- Phenomenal Literature edited by Vivekanand Jha, New Delhi, India
- Indian poetry
- Indian English Poetry
- List of English poets from India
- The Poetry Society (India)
- List of Indian English poetry anthologies
- A Study of Indian English Poetry International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 2, Issue 10, ISSN 2250-3153, October 2012
- "Contemporary Indian Poetry, "Like an Abhang, Unfinished"". BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- "Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry Edited by Menka Shivdasani". Michael Rothenberg. BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- Yuyutsu Sharma, "Ten: The New Indian poets: Edited and Selected by Jayanta Mahapatra & Yuyutsu Sharma" (review), 27 October 2012.
- Chinhade, Sirish. Five Indian English Poets. New Delhi. Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, 1996
- Das, Sisir Kumar. A History of Indian Literature (3 volumes). New Delhi. Sahitya Akademi, 2000.
- Iyengar, KRS. Indian Writing in English. New Delhi. Sterling Publishers Private Limited, 2002.
- King, Bruce. Modern Indian Poetry in English. New Delhi. Oxford University press, 2004.
- Mitra, Zinia. Indian Poetry in English :Critical Essays. New Delhi, Prentice Hall, 2016
- Naik M.K. A History of Indian English Literature. New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi, 2004
- External links
- Five reasons Indian poetry matters more than ever
- Cultural Semiotics Reading of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English
- Contemporary Indian English Poetry
- Chattopadhyay, Subhasis. Vedanta and Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Indian Poetry in Prabuddha Bharata or Awakened India 121(9):648-55 (2016). ISSN 0032-6178
- Roy, Pinaki. "Indian English Poetry: A very brief History". Contemporary Indian Poetry in English. Eds. Sarkar, J., and S. Mondal. New Delhi: Authors Press, 2016 (ISBN 978-93-5207-113-5). Pp. 11–29.
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- VerbalArt: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets and Poetry