The Ars Poetica Festival

The Ars Poetica Festival

In its 14th edition, The Ars Poetica Festival, one of the biggest cultural events of Slovakia will be  hosting Indian Poetry by Sukrita Paul Kumar, Sonnet Mondal, Usha Akella and Indian classical dance  by Sangeeta Majumder. The four member Indian cultural delegation would represent India in  Slovakia through poetry and dance from November 15th to 20th, later this year. The evening would  consist of 20 minutes of poetry reading in Indian English by Sonnet Mondal, Sukrita Paul Kumar and  Usha Akella followed by a reading of the Slovak translations of their poems by Slovakian actors and  actresses. 

The main attraction of the evening will be a simultaneous poetry and dance rendition by  poet Sonnet Mondal and Kathak dancer Sangeeta Majumder. Echoing Shadows - as this rendition has  been termed, is a visual verse-story presented in the form of a Poet reading his poetry, imagining  himself as a village girl, simultaneously illustrated by steps of Kathak. This presentation will be first  of its kind to be performed live in Slovakia.  All the invited poets and performers have represented India multiple times before this, in various  places all over the world and are known for their undying efforts towards sustainable existence of  poetry and dance. Kathak Dancer Sangeeta Majumder is one of the vibrant contemporary starts in the  field of Indian classical dance. She has represented India as a cultural ambassador in Argentina and  Uruguay in 2015-16.

A recipient of Sangeet Natak Academy Yuva Puraskar in 2013, Sangeeta is the  founder of the acclaimed ‘Strings N Steps’ academy. Sukrita Paul Kumar has been an Honorary  Fellow of the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa (USA), and also of Hong Kong  Baptist University and Cambridge Seminars. Currently holding the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at Cluster  Innovation Centre, Delhi University, Sukrita has been a recipient of many fellowships and  residencies. Sonnet Mondal has read at the Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia in 2014, Uskudar  International Poetry festival of the Government of Istanbul in 2015 and International Poetry Festival  of Granada, Nicaragua in 2016. 

The founder of the Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Sonnet was  featured along with his poetry in Slovenian translation in the Literary Nocturno program of the Public  Radio and Television network of Slovenia earlier this year. Usha Akella was one of the poets to read  at the House of Lords, UK in June 2016. She was selected as a Creative Ambassador for Austin in  2015-16 and is the founder of the Poetry Caravan, an organization that offers poetry readings to  disadvantaged audience in senior homes, women shelters and hospitals.  Since its inception in 2003, the Ars Poetica festival has hosted more than 300 poets, including a few  T.S. Eliot Prize winners, and US Poet Laureates. A festival anthology, featuring works of guests and  participants on almost 400 pages, in both the original and Slovak translations will be launched during  this event.