Bangalore International Centre, had arranged a programme of Poetry Reading and reflection titled “Does the Poet un-conceal? – Poet’s world and poet’s ways of knowing” by the well-known Odia Poet and Social Theorist Prof. BishnuMohapatra on Friday, 9thDecember, 2016 at 6.30 PM.Mr.AbhijitSengupta, former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI chaired and moderated the session.
It was an enriching evening of poetry-reading and an explanation of what in life moves poets to write poems. Both AbhijitSengupta, the Chair and the Moderator, and BishnuMohapatra, the poet agreed that the beauty and flavour of poems written in vernacular can never be fully captured in translations. Yet, they argued that, there are occasions when good translations can enrich and bring in the inner depths of such poems. BishnuMohapatra’s evocative recital of his Odia poems and their translations in English kept a large crowd, who had come to attend the event, spell-bound. The Q & A session reflected that mood.