Kavita Sang Yaar Beli Indo-US Poetry Symposium
Manoshi Chatterjee is a poet, writer, singer and a TV host from Toronto, Canada. Winner of Women Achiever Award 2015 in Canada, Manoshi is originally from Korba, Chhattisgarh.
She learnt the art of writing metered verse (Geet) from Amitabh Tripathi of Allahabad and has authored a book of poems – Unmesh. She also has to her credit an album of recitation and has sung renditions of her first music album Safar: A Journey.
With a Masters’ degree in Chemistry, Bachelors of Music (Visharad) and B.Ed from Vardhaman, the multi-talented artist has also anchored TV series- Cultural Journey with Manoshi.
She is a school teacher in Canada and has her writings published in several magazines.
Mrs. Shashi Padha
Mrs. Shashi Padha is a celebrated author and poet with 7 books and has to her credit several print and media publications.
Facilitated with various national and international awards for her contributions to poetry and literature, Mrs. Padha among others has authored “Shaurya Gathayen”, an inspirational tribute to the Nations’ Brave. Over the years she has published various books on poetry, short stories and journalistic biographies of decorated soldiers.
Born in Jammu (India), Mrs. Padha at an early age, was exposed to the élan penmanship of literary notabilities. During her college years, she participated and won numerous debate and writing competitions at state and national level. However, the Battle of Kargil was the tipping point in her literary journey. As a General Officers spouse, she met soldiers who had experienced the zenith of victory and simultaneously consoled families who had experienced profound personal loss during the war. This inspired her to write “Shaurya Gathayen”.
Mrs. Padha is presently a Professor of Hindi at University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill.
Anoop Bhargava is a poet by heart and Software engineer by profession. Fascinated by Hindi poetry, Anoop penned his first poem at the tender age of 9.
Awarded with the “Vishwa Hindi Samman” by Government of India, Anoop is one of the youngest recipients of this lifetime achievement award given for his contribution in promoting and spreading the use of Hindi. He was also awarded “Hindi Videsh Prasar Samman” in 2017 by ‘Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan’ for his contribution in promoting Hindi outside of India.
An alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIT Delhi, Anoop, who is currently residing in the US is instrumental in bringing good poetry to America by organizing poetry symposiums with poets like Gopal Das Neeraj, Ashok Vajpeyi, Som Thakur, Dr. Kunwar Bechain, Ashok Chakradhar and organizing Kavi Sammelan tours in various cities across the US.
Known for his rendition of short and crisp poems, Anoop is closely associated with ‘Kavita Kosh’ – the biggest collection of Poetry online.
Shri Gianeshwar Sharma
Shri Gianeshwar Sharma
Sahitya Akademi Awardee Shri Gianeshwar Sharma is a veteran Dogri writer who has made significant contribution to Dogri literature by penning 13 books, which include poetry, children books and short stories. Shri Gianeshwar won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1996 for his book on Dogri poetry Baddali Kalave.
Born in the year 1947, Shri Gianeshwar is also a renowned poet, who was conferred with the J&K State Academy Award for the best book on poetry. Recognizing his outstanding contribution to Dogri literature, Shri Gianeshwar has also been honoured by the J&K State Government with the State Award for his outstanding contribution to Dogri literature.
The Sahitya Akademi Awardee is also a prominent cultural activist and at present the Senior Vice President of Dogri Sanstha, Jammu.
Prof. Lalit Mangotra
President of Jammu’s premier literary organisation, Dogri Sanstha, Prof. Lalit Mangotra is a renowned short story writer, playwright, poet, essayist and critic.
His literary works have earned him the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award and many state and national awards. Prof. Mangotra has been conferred with the State Award by J&K Government for his outstanding contribution to Dogri language, literature and culture, and two of his books have been adjudged best in Dogri by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
A Convener of Dogri Advisory Board and Member of Executive of Sahitya Akademi for a period of 10 years, Prof. Mangotra has written prolifically in various genres of Dogri including short story, one-act play, stage-play, essays, travelogue, literary criticism etc. He has eight books to his credit in Dogri: two collections of short stories, one collection of personal essays, one collection of articles on literary criticism and one stage play. Many of his short stories and articles have been published in various magazines and journals and translated into other languages.
Making use of his expertise in Physics and computers, Prof Mangotra has actively contributed towards the translation and adoption of nine Computer Software tools from English to Dogri language and an online Dogri-English-Dogri Dictionary.
Ms. Vijaya Thakur
Ms. Vijaya Thakur is an established poet and translator, currently working as a Lecturer in Department of Zoology, Jammu. A resident of Rajouri, a beautiful town that boasts of cultural diversity, Ms. Thakur is associated with various literary and socio-cultural organization and has had the honour of showcasing her poetic prowess at prestigious cultural platform across the country. She is also the recipient of many state and national level awards for her contribution in Dogri. Among her other writings, “Kee Je” – a collection of Dogri poems is one of the most widely read and appreciated books of Ms. Thakur. She has also had the opportunity of translating Sahitya Akadami awardee writer Arun Kamal’s book “Nay Ilakae mae” in to Dogri titled: ” Nmen Lakar Ch”.
Ayushman Jamwal is a celebrated poet, journalist, contemporary philosopher and TedX speaker.
He is best known for his award winning poems on feminism in his poetry collection ‘Silent Sun’.
Ayushman Jamwal was conferred the 2019 Wordsmith Poetry Prize by the Asian Literary Society for his poem on Triple Talaq titled Am I Not God’s Child? He was conferred the 2019 Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize for his contribution to poetry, reimagining modern themes through his poems like Rama’s Lament, Conqueror In a Pretty Dress and Silent Sun. Ayushman is also the founder of the poetry collective Wings of Verse, giving writers and musicians a platform for a socially conscious society.
Ayushman is a regular columnist for The Speaking Tree writing extensively on how modern popular culture mobilises and preserves Vedic and Western philosophy through archetypes like Batman, Superman, Joker, Star Wars and the Marvel Universe. He advocates how they can serve as scripture in the future.
Ayushman also serves as a Senior News Editor at CNN-News18 and manages the editorial content of the channel’s prime time band, namely the flagship shows of The Right Stand and News Epicentre. He has written, reported and developed multimedia features for the channel with a focus on human interest stories, international relations and the Indian army.
Ayushman serves as a Board member of the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust, established to preserve Dogri culture. The Trust provides funding for Dogri scholarship at Jammu University and promotes innovation in Dogri art, encouraging cultural fusion.
Ayushman has lead the Trust’s charge hosting Dogri cultural events in Chandigarh, Srinagar, Jaipur and Jammu, most notably hosting Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for a grand Dogri dance-drama in 2018 titled ‘Pryutsu’, honouring India’s brave soldiers at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi.