Kritya2011: International Poetry Festival

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Expressions/ (Manifestations) and Realizations of Gender in/through Poetry

Kritya's mode noveau since Kritya2010 is to anchor its Festivals to a theme for better impact. Kritya2010 focussed on the poetry of Exile, Trauma and Survival. Kritya2011 will focus on the manifestations and realisations of gender through poetry. Every language brings with it its own baggage of gender codes. The heavy genderisation of words like 'embroidery' 'hunting', 'vanity', 'ambition', to name just a few of the very obvious, is not casual, yet its subtle usage can create scintillating dimensions in poetry. Expressions of gender transcend pronouns to cross over beyond love and beauty to patriotism, homelands, justice, ideals and ideas, sound and silence, nature, life/birth and death/murder, light and shadow, art, animate and inanimate objects to typhoons and cyclones and other natural and unnatural disasters. For the poet, gender associations and metaphors fulfil a wide range of innovative possibilities. The excesses are disguised under aesthetic veil often even hiding the gender of the poet through a deliberate and contrived stance. Even the portrayal of Gods through an excess of devotion spills over in deciding finalities of gender. Often absolute neutrality of a subject demands a carefully laid out foil for gender. Interestingly also the use of personal pronouns by numerous poets explores several possibilities of gendered readings. Gender is closely related to the question of identity and superscriptions of gender defines an abiding pleasure principle through poetry.

With this theme in focus we invite the poets, artists, critics and enthusiasts to participate in the creative fiesta of Kritya2011. If you are interested to participate, please contact us for any query.

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