october 2017 programmes
friday 13th october 2017
6.30 pm An Evening of Poetry in Bhojpuri & Maithili by Moonweavers – चांद के जुलाहे
Many literary cultures across the world evolved on the basis of oral tradition. The written word came in much later. India has a rich history of oral culture and long before the printed books came out, many poets, philosophers, seers gave valuable insights through the word of mouth, knowledge that got transmitted down generations and eventually got recorded in print.
Prominent languages spoken in Bihar that is Bhojpuri and Maithili which are from the Indo-Aryan language family have a rich oral tradition in their literature. From birth to marriage, on festivals and ceremonies, people generally sing chaiya, chaiti, sohar and ceremonial songs.
It is pertinent to highlight the fact that in the Bhojpuri and Maithili speaking belt, there is also tradition to sing the rhymes of Kabir and Vidyapati. In contemporary poetry, one finds a broad spectrum of subjects and sub-genres.
Contemporary Bhojpuri and Maithili poets are writing in a parallel tradition to other languages of India.
Dr Shefalika Verma and Arunabhh Saurabh would recite in Maithili & Santosh Patel and Rajesh Kumar Manjhi would recite in Bhojpuri.
All poems would be accompanied by a Hindi translation.