This literary event mixed with moving poetry, music and interaction will also see the launch of ‘Converse: Contemporary English Poetry by Indians edited by Sudeep Sen’ also to be released on September 20

This literary event mixed with moving poetry, music and interaction will also see the launch of ‘Converse: Contemporary English Poetry by Indians edited by Sudeep Sen’

Poetry events are rare in Hyderabad. There is therefore reason to rejoice when an evening of poetry and the release of a collection of poems is announced. The event, ‘The Poetic Cosmos of Sudeep Sen’ promises an evening of laughter and tears and a ticket to a whole new world.

Sen’s stay in Hyderabad begins on September 19 as he interacts with audiences at Osmania University (10:30 a.m.) and Our Scared Space (6 p.m.). On September 20 at 4 p.m. in Lamakaan, Sen will participate in a conference with the city’s scholar and poet, Jhilam Chattaraj, on poetry and the art of writing. Sen will also read excerpts from his works in English and Bengali and painter Uma Makala will launch the book Converse: Contemporary English Poetry by Indians Edited by Sudeep Sen,’ (Pippa Rann Books, UK). The lecture will begin with a dance video on Sen’s poetry by Aditi Mangaldas.

Book cover

Book cover | Photo credit: special arrangement

Sharing his experience as the editor of the poetry collection, Sen says, “It was intense and energizing – over 15,000 pages of poetry were submitted.” Converse…, as the dust jacket blurb states, is an “authoritative, intellectually rigorous, judiciously representative – far-reaching anthology – an up-to-date international map of the best of English-language poetry by Indians.” Commissioned by Pippa Rann Books (UK) to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Anniversary, Converse… presents the best of diverse, dynamic, rich and exciting ‘living’ poets from India and the Indian Diaspora who write in English.

Over a career spanning 35 years, Sen has produced more than 30 volumes of poetry and translations, including one on climate change, Anthropocene (Books by Pippa Rann) and S udeep Sen: A critical study. Short films – Silence: a triptych. prayer flag and Crossing the Lines of Desire as well as songs based on his poems will be featured at the event.

Sen’s literary connection to Hyderabad stems from his encounters with poet Shiv K. Kumar and literary personality Girish Karnad at conferences and as a judge for Hyderabad-based literary/poetry competitions. He says, “Coming back here to celebrate the publication of these two new books completes a great literary arc.”